09/05/2016

The Sioux Falls community rallied around the LPGA’s budding group of future stars over the past week at Willow Run Golf Course on the city’s east side of town.

In the end, it was an 18-year old phenom named Nelly Korda who was the week’s victor at the 2016 Sioux Falls GreatLife Challenge. Her score of 270 put her to 14-under par, good for a three-stroke victory over a field which included the top up-and-coming talent– all vying for places at the next level. Korda’s performance vaulted her to 11th on the money list season long, with a prize of $31,500. A place in the top-10 earns her a card for 2017.

A great recap of the golf can be found here:

As for the Symetra Tour members, the South Dakota-based event garnered the 2nd-largest total purse of the year at $210,000.  It’s one of only four 72-hole events on the schedule.  With a total of 23 events in 14 different states, the Symetra Tour season sprawls throughout the nation, as the girls compete for over $3 million, and a place in the game among the best. But despite traveling the countryside, a young event in only it’s

But despite traveling the countryside, a young event in only it’s second season located in the heart of the nation’s bread basket, has grown to be a staple event for the Tour. And the Sioux Falls GreatLife Challenge was a resounding success.

For Sioux Falls, professional golf is not a common site. A passionate community for the game, Sioux Falls is one of the fastest growing cities in the nation, a town with a blossoming economy and a population as friendly as they come.

The Dakota’s Tour–a mini-tour for the vagabonds of the aspiring professionals on the men’s side–has hosted laundry list of events in the Sioux Falls and surrounding areas over the years. It’s the highest level of pro golf Sioux Falls has, and it’s loved. When the Symetra Tour’s arrival was announced in 2015, the city embraced it. The buzz was added to last week, when a young South Dakota female golfer named Sydney Bormann threw her name into the hat for the 156-player field.

As the winds, clouds, and rains moved into the region for the early September 2016 event, it didn’t damper the spirits of the Sioux Empire golf faithful. The parking lots were full at the host site, and the fans and volunteers alike flooded the property. Many of the girls competing commented on the playing environment in Sioux Falls.

It was a great week of golf celebration in Sioux Falls. David Feherty, the famed Golf Channel entertainer, was at the Washington Pavilion downtown for a performance to kick off the week. A future LPGA star dominated on the property so many Sioux Falls citizens enjoy. And the GreatLife community did a fantastic job with the event.

Congratulations to all involved, including, of course, Nelly Korda. Annika Sorenstam agrees.

*****

Day-by-Day coverage, via the Argus Leader of Sioux Falls, SD

Day 1 Recap: Coverage of Thursday

Day 2 Recap: Bogey-Free Rounds Take the Lead

Day 3 Recap: Rookies Pull Away in the Wind

Day 4 Recap: Nelly Korda Wins