PARADISE ISLAND, Bahamas – Jessica Korda ran over to the scoring tent and wrapped up sister Nelly in a bear hug. Over and over Jessica told the rookie how proud she was of the day’s effort. The Korda sisters shot matching 4-under 69s Jan. 27 at the Pure Silk Bahamas Classic and are likely to play together on the weekend as both are 5 under for the tournament.
“I think my nerves settled,” said Nelly. “Yesterday they were kind of out of control, especially the front nine. I couldn’t even control my heart rate.”
This marks the Kordas first week playing together as LPGA members. The plan was to play a practice round together on Tuesday but flight delays kept Jessica from arriving until late that morning. Nelly, 18, wanted to see how the course played early and carried on without her.
Nelly, who graduated from the Symetra Tour last fall, is staying with her mom on the island and Jessica is rooming with friend Austin Ernst. The family had dinner together once this week and saw each other at the pro-am party. Jessica believes it’s important for Nelly to establish her own routine.
“Just keeping it as normal as possible for her,” said Jessica. “It’s her first week out and I want her to be Nelly.”
Jessica, 23, who won this event in 2014, took a moment to brag about her sister, noting that on Monday, when the weather was terribly windy, Nelly played only six holes and called it a day. Plenty of other rookies, of course, were grinding on the range in poor conditions.
“I was pretty proud of her,” said Jessica. “She’s been listening.”