Nelly Korda’s Gold Kicks Off Series of Big Events for LPGA


Could Nelly Korda, winning Olympic gold for the United States team, be a stepping stone to more audience and sponsorship of women’s golf?

The Olympics provided some exciting must-see action for fans of women’s golf, but late-night viewing was tough. I fell asleep as a thunderstorm hit on the final round in Tokyo with only one hole to play and with Korda tied with Japan’s Mone Inami.

New Zealander Lydia Ko and Indian Aditi Ashok remained in contention for medals until the last hole. Inami took home the silver after a playoff win over Ko. I woke up in the middle of the night with the TV on and Korda giving her post-game interview.

If you missed it, a seven-minute recap posted via NBC Sports on YouTube tells the story of the last round, including Korda’s brace on the seventh par 3 hole and three consecutive birdies to regain the lead.

The LPGA Tour is having a big month, with many Olympians going from Tokoo to Scotland for the Women’s Scottish Open at Dumbarnie Links. Another major women’s tournament, the AIG Women’s Open, follows at the historic Carnoustie.

Expect Korda’s victory to build up a wave of excitement culminating in the Solheim Cup. Inverness Club in Toledo, Ohio, is hosting a week of activities starting August 31, leading up to the United States vs. Europe competition over a statutory holiday weekend from Saturday, September 4 through Monday, September 6, Labor Day.

In other LPGA news, Capital Region favorite Jackie Stoelting won the Florida Women’s Open in her hometown of Vero Beach.

Stoelting, an Albany Symetra Tour champion with family ties to the Capital Region, returns to the top of the rankings after maternity leave and limited play due to COVID restrictions. Stoelting’s parents are Ed (Niskayuna) and Teri (Clifton Park) Barenborg. Stoelting and her husband, Travis, and their 22-month-old son, Baren, live in Vero Beach, and Travis was on his bag on Sunday.

Stoelting, a former Golf Channel “Big Break” champion, finished 14th at the LPGAVolunteers of America Classic last month and teamed with Katherine Perry-Hamski to finish 25th at the Dow Great Lakes Bay Invitational.

Sisters Ariya and Moriya Jutanugarn from Thailand won the Dow Great Lakes Bay Championship and Indian Ashok tied for third with her playing partner Pajaree Anannarukarn from Thailand.

Classic Crosstown

University of Albany and Siena College Division I Women’s Collegiate Golf kicks off with the Crosstown Classic on September 12 at Wolferts Roost.

NYS Senior Women

Having successfully hosted the Symetra Tour, Pinehaven continues to be a popular destination for golfers. The Senior and Super Senior Amateur Championship at Pinehaven August 24-25 is packed, with 120 golfers and 15 on the waiting list.

Field size was determined using a 70/50 player ratio in the Senior / Super Senior divisions. Top 10 players recorded by handicap include Teresa Cleland of Syracuse, Marianne Springer of Edison, Pat Mayne of Western Turnpike, Heidi Vittengl of Glens Falls, Ingrid Narken of Poughkeepsie, Kim Kaul of East Aurora, Mary Sicard of Queensbury, Susan Kahler from Ballston Spa, Heidi Harkins from Ballston Spa and Karen Feldman from Olde Kinderhook.


the Northeast Women’s Golf Association Gail Sykes Best Results Ball of Two: Susan Kahler and Heidi Harkins of Ballston Spa finished with an equal average of 73 to win the championship on Monday in Albany. Anne Van Buren and Mary Dewey of Pinehaven Country Club took the overall net honors, which had a best net score of 63 balls.

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