Song wins LPGA Tour Q School

Sports Network

, Last Updated: 6:08 PM ET

Daytona Beach, FL Ė Aree Song managed a one-over 73 in windy, rainy conditions Sunday to earn a two-stroke win at LPGA Tour Qualifying School.

Song finished the five-round tournament at six-under-par 354 on the Champions Course at LPGA International.

Seventeen-year-old Jessica Korda struggled to a five-over 77 to end alone in second at minus-four. Jimin Jeong carded a one-under 71 to take third place at three-under-par 357.

Danah Ford Bordner had the best round of the day, firing a four-under 68 to move from a share of 27th into a tie for fourth. She ended at two-under-par 358 with Reilley Rankin (75), Pornanong Phatlum (74) and Dewi Claire Schreefel (74).

The top 20 players earned LPGA Tour cards for 2011.

Korda started the day with a two-shot lead, but it was gone after she bogeyed the first two holes. Korda and Song birdied the fifth.

The teenager dropped out of the lead with a bogey on the seventh, but Song followed with a bogey on No. 8 to drop to minus-seven.

Song bounced back with a birdie on the ninth and Korda answered with a birdie of her own at the 10th. They both bogeyed No. 11 to slip to minus-seven.

Korda's troubles continued as she also dropped a shot on the 14th. She later bogeyed the final two holes to end at minus-four.

Song parred five in a row from the 12th. She tripped to a bogey on the 17th, but parred the last for the win.

"Any time you enter a competition and come out on top, you feel pretty good," said Song. "With this weather, I couldn't hit it as close as the I did the last four days, but I still hit it well."

The 24-year-old Song played her rookie season on the LPGA Tour in 2004 and finished as runner-up at the Kraft Nabisco Championship that year. That was her best career finish so far.

Korda, the daughter of former Australian tennis player Petr Korda, turned pro after finishing her round.

"I knew I always wanted to turn pro, but I never thought I'd do it this year," Korda stated. "I've had a really good year and I'm so glad I get to finish it out here, turning pro at LPGA Q-school."

Also earning their LPGA Tour cards for 2011 were Belen Mozo, Jeehae Lee, Nicole Hage, Angela Oh, Dori Carter, Pernilla Lindberg, Mollie Fankhauser, Jennie Lee, Jin Young Pak, Kimberly Kim, Stephanie Sherlock, Sara Brown and Christel Boeljon.

NOTES: The players who finished between 21st and 30th will go into Category 16 on the priority list, while those who ended between 31st and 40th will be placed in Category 19...Players in those categories have access to LPGA Monday qualifying tournaments and possible entry into full-field events.


Videos

Photos