Bradenton's Nelly Korda hasn't wasted any time after medaling at the United States Girls' Junior Championship qualifier last week. Korda vaulted into the lead at the American Junior Golf Association's Yani Tseng Invitational in Rancho Santa Fe, Calif.
Korda climbed into the lead following Tuesday's second round with a 4-under-par 68. That led Escondido, Calif., native Haley Moore by a shot heading into Wednesday's final round. Korda then polished off her surge to the top with a 68 in the final round to win the tournament by four shots over Moore.
Tampa's David Branshaw claimed the West Florida Golf Tour's Summer Series event at Southern Dunes Golf and Country Club in Haines City. The lone area mini-tour returns to Manatee County on July 13 at Lakewood Ranch Country Club's Royal Lakes course. That will be the first of four consecutive tour stops in Manatee County. The WFGT also is heading to Palm-Aire Country Club, Sara Bay Country Club and Waterlefe Golf and The River Club.
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Branshaw collected the 54-hole tournament title at Southern Dunes on Wednesday with a 16-under tally. That was four shots better than Clearwater's Ryan Gildersleeve. Bradenton's Scott Lamb, who posted a 70 in the final round to tie for fifth place, had the best finish among local players.
So far Canada has not been kind for Lakewood Ranch High alum Seath Lauer. After a tie for 11th at PGA Tour Canada Qualifying School that earned him a 2015 Canadian Tour card, Lauer has made just one cut in three starts. That made cut was a tie for 58th place that yielded $529.38 in earnings.
Lauer has only posted one sub-70 round in eight Canadian Tour tournament rounds thus far. His next start comes Thursday at the SIGA Dakota Dunes Open presented by SaskTel. Lauer tees off the first tee at 1:35 p.m. local time.
Also competing in the event is former University of Washington star Cheng-Tsung Pan. The IMG Academy alum is fresh off making the cut at the U.S. Open in his professional debut. His Canadian Tour debut begins at 8:40 a.m. local time Thursday off the first hole.
Bradenton's Caitlin Cotterill captured the girls 16-18 division title Monday at the Greater Sarasota Junior Golf Association's tour stop at Capri Isles Golf Club in Venice. Cotterill fired a 75 to edge Nokomis' Victoria Cangero by a shot.
-- Jason Dill, Herald staff writer