- Nelly Korda Wins 2021 Meijer LPGA Classic
- Tournament donates $1.1 Million To Food Banks
Nelly Korda shot a five under 67 in the final round of the 2021 Meijer LPGA Classic for a two stroke victory. Korda’s 25-under 263 for the tournament tied the event’s scoring record and set a new record for scoring in relation to par.
The Meijer LPGA Classic was Korda’s second win of the season.
“I love the fans,” Korda said. “I missed that so much throughout the past year and a half. On 17 they were really giving me a lot of confidence. They were screaming my name, telling me, ‘Let’s go.’ When you get a crowd like that that’s on your side it feels good and puts a smile on your face.”
After the event, Tournament officials announced a donation of $1.1 million to the retailer’s Simply Give program that stocks the shelves of its food pantry partners across the Midwest, as well as a $25,000 donation to a hunger relief program in a town of Korda’s choice.
“The Meijer LPGA Classic returned this year stronger than ever. Thanks to the ongoing support from our community, we exceeded our $1 million goal for this year’s tournament, which will make a big impact on hunger relief across the Midwest,” Meijer President & CEO Rick Keyes said. “Seeing our community come together in person for the first time in more than a year to rally around feeding our neighbors made the event even more meaningful.”
The 2021 Meijer LPGA Classic was the seventh tournament benefiting the Meijer Simply Give program after last year’s tournament was cancelled due to the pandemic. In 2020, Meijer matched the amount raised by the 2019 event and made a $1.1 million donation on behalf of the cancelled tournament. In total, the Meijer LPGA Classic has generated $7.4 million for food pantries across the Midwest to feed hungry neighbors.
Here’s a look at 2021 Meijer LPGA Classic winner Nelly Korda
Nelly Korda Golf Biography
- Hometown/Resides: Bradenton, Fla./Sarasota, Fla.
- Birthdate: July 28, 1998; currently 22 years, 10 months, and 23 days
- Qualified for LPGA Tour: Finished No. 9 on the Symetra Tour’s 2016 Race for the Card money list to first earn LPGA Tour membership
- Turned Professional/Rookie Year: 2016/2017
Nelly Korda Victories
- LPGA: The Meijer LPGA is Korda’s fifth career victory
- PREVIOUS WINS:
- 2018 Swinging Skirts LPGA Taiwan Championship presented by CTBC
- 2019 ISPS Handa Women’s Australian Open
- 2019 Taiwan Swinging Skirts LPGA Presented by CTBC
- 2021 Gainbridge LPGA
Race To The CME Globe
- With her win, Korda earns 500 points and is projected to move to No. 1 in the Race to the CME Globe.
- With her win, Korda earns $345,000
- Korda has earned $1,118,930 this season
- Korda has earned $4,857,484 in her career.
Korda’s Previous Meijer LPGA Finishes
- 2019 – T7
- 2018 – T9
- 2017 – T43
2021 LPGA TOUR PERFORMANCE
- Ten events played, nine cuts made
- $1,118,930 earned with two wins and five additional top-10 finishes.
- Korda is the first player with multiple wins on the LPGA Tour in the 2021 season.
- This is her fifth career win and the second season of her career she has recorded multiple wins.
- Her 72-hole score 25-under par sets the Meijer LPGA Classic for Simply Give tournament record score to par.
- This is the fifth time in nine opportunities that Korda has went on to win after sharing or holding the 54-hole advantage.
- With sister Jessica, is one of three sister duos to both win on the LPGA Tour (Ariya and Moriya Jutanugarn; Annika and Charlotta Sorenstam)
- First sister duo to win consecutive events since Annika and Charlotta Sorenstam did in 2000; Annika won the Welch’s/Circle K Championship on March 13 and Charlotta won the Standard Register PING on March 19. Jessica won the 2021 Diamond Resorts Tournament of Champions on January 24 and Nelly won the 2021 Gainbridge LPGA on February 28.
- Her parents, Petr Korda and Regina Rajchrtová, were international tennis stars, with her father winning the Australian Open and mother representing the former Czechoslovakia at the 1988 Summer Olympics
- Her younger brother Sebastian Korda is 52nd in the ATP Tennis rankings and captured his first ATP singles title at the 2021 Emilia-Romagna Open in May