Teen Golf Star Jessica Korda Goes Pro; Why She's One to Watch
On Sunday, 17-year-old Jessica Korda completed the LPGA Final Qualifying Tournament, and although she came in two shots behind Aree Song, it was still a huge day for the teen golfer, who announced afterward that she'll be going pro.
"It's a dream come true," Jessica told the Daytona Beach News-Journal. "I always knew I wanted to turn pro, but I didn't know I'd get it done this early."
The Florida native may not be the youngest female to become a professional golfer, but she is certainly one to watch. When Jessica was younger, she tried out many sports, including figure skating, gymnastics and tennis, which both her mom and dad, tennis pro Petr Korda, played. In the end, golf became her true passion.
Her accomplishments, to date, are amazing. According to the U.S. Women's Open, Jessica was a two-time junior champion in the Czech Republic, and the youngest player to make a cut on the Ladies European Tour at age 13. She won the Bobcat Trail Open in 2007 on the FCWT Junior Golf Tour, and was 2007 First Team FCWT All-American.
Although other golfers have petitioned for early exemption, the age requirement for LGPA Tour membership is 18, which Jessica will turn in February. But school is also very important to the soon-to-be pro. She will arrange her playing schedule to fit within her last five months of high school in Bradenton, Fla. "Count all your blessings," Jessica tweeted last month. "I sure am :)." %Poll-56962%