Bradenton’s Nelly Korda logged her best finish in her rookie season as a professional golfer this past week. Korda tied for fourth place in the LPGA Symetra Tour’s Four Winds Invitational for a $5,625 payday. The strong finish was buoyed by a first-round 68 that left her tied for the lead with Canada’s Augusta James. Korda peeled off a 72 and 73 to finish with a 3-under-par 213, which was four shots behind the winning total of Jackie Stoelting. Korda’s performance left her 37th on the Symetra Tour’s money list. The top 10 players on the money list at season’s end receive their 2017 LPGA Tour cards.
New city event
The inaugural Bradenton/Sarasota City Two-Man North/South Championship was announced recently for the weekend of July 16-17. The tournament is a joint venture between Bradenton’s River Run Golf Links and Sarasota’s Bobby Jones Golf Club. The first round is held at River Run, while the second round is held at Bobby Jones.
The cost is $115 per player (carts included) and that entry fee includes green fees, shirt, continental breakfast both days and dinner following Sunday’s final round. There are four formats used, with a different format for every nine holes. That includes better ball, scramble, modified alternate shot and Florida shamble. The entry deadline is July 13th, and the event is limited to the first 64 teams.
Lauer makes Canada Tour cut
Lakewood Ranch High School and Florida State University alumnus Seath Lauer had a breakthrough last week on the PGA Tour Canada. Lauer missed the cut in his first two starts to the 2016 season, before tying for 14th at last week’s GolfBC Championship. Playing Gallagher’s Canyon Golf and Country Club in British Columbia, Lauer cranked out an 11-under par 273 for the 72-hole tournament. He posted three sub-70 rounds, which was highlighted by a first-round 66. For his week, Lauer picked up $2,800 (Canadian dollars) to improve to No. 49 on the tour’s Order of Merit.
Manatee County juniors excel
Lakewood Ranch High’s Louie DelFabro fired a 76-74—150 to take second in the boys division of the Sarasota City Junior Championship at Bobby Jones Golf Club’s British Course recently. DelFabro finished two shots behind Wesley Chapel’s Trevor Rover, who won the event for a second straight year. Lakewood Ranch High’s Katie Kroos-Roberts won the girls division after shooting an 88-87—175. That was good for a two-shot victory over high school teammate Maya Isom. Other top finishers included Bradenton’s Robbie Higgins (second in boys 13-15s, 158 total) and Bradenton’s Zheng Yi (Louie) Liu (second in boys 12-and-younger, 159).
On Wednesday, June 15 at Greens of Manatee, Preston Buitendorp aced the 131-yard 11th hole with a 5-iron. Witnesses were Herman Bond and Gene Carrick.
On Monday, June 20 at Peridia Golf and Country Club, Bob Ousey aced the 155-yard 17th hole with an 8-iron. Witnesses were Mike Frank, Gary Beok and John Alevras.