Jessica Korda won the Women’s Australian Open for her first LPGA Tour title at Royal Melbourne.
Jessica celebrated with a scissor-kick, which was her father, Petr Korda’s, trademark move for when he won a tennis match.
The professional golfer and former Bradenton Preparatory Academy player came back to claim the final slot in an inconceivable six-player playoff; she was victorious with a 25-foot birdie putt on the second extra hole.
“It is a really special place for my family,” Korda said. “For my first win, I honestly could not have thought of a better place.”
According to Jessica, by phone, her father told her that he was proud of her; however, that they will be talking about the three-putts later.
During the second event of the 2011 season, Korda turned 18-years-old. In her rookie year, she competed in 15 events; her paramount accomplishment was at the Avnet LPGA Classic when she tied for 19th place.
In the fall of 2010, as a 17-year-old, Korda entered LPGA Tour Qualifying School; she was a runner-up in the last qualifying tournament, qualified her for full membership on the 2011 tour.
Korda was born in Bradenton, Florida, which is home to several other professional golfers such as Paul Azinger, 52, and Tony Jacklin, 67.