To the shock of no one, Rolex world number one Nelly Korda rolled a 9-foot for birdie on the last green and gave Team Jelly – the sister duo of Nelly and Jessica Korda – a share of the first round in the lead 5 under par at the Dow Great Lakes Bay Invitational. It was the sixth birdie of the day for the Kordas bogey.
And while four teams share the top spot on the leaderboard, the Kordas are the only ones who made it easy. In fact, they left a couple of punches out there, including a messy bogey on 11th.
So how did you do it?
“Jess drove her in,” Nelly said.
“Nelly brought me close,” interjected Jessica quickly.
“To be honest, it was just a good teamwork,” added Nelly.
They are comfortable as sisters should be. But they also like the area and the fact that they can play together. Early Wednesday morning, Jess led her dog through the neighborhoods of Midland, Michigan, where the streets are lined with freshly blooming flowers and no weeds or untrimmed hedge are in sight.
“I really like it here,” said Jessica. “It has a really small city flair and I enjoy that very much. And I love downtown that you can literally walk anywhere. Everyone is super friendly and the food is delicious. We are treated so well here. I really love coming here and playing. “
Later that afternoon, when the sisters strolled to the first tee for their start time at 1:18 p.m., Mollie Marcoux Samaan, the new commissioner of the LPGA Tour, welcomed her with a special model presentation, Nelly accepted the honor and turned to prepare for the Round to her treadmill again.
They were birding the first hole and didn’t look back.
“Honestly, we look at people’s gardens to see their landscaping because the homeowners have really nice landscaping here,” said Jessica. “So yeah, it’s just great. We really enjoy it. We just try to enjoy the whole moment.
“We made a game plan last year and we stuck with it,” continued Jess. “Of course it was also very helpful to play the Solheim Cup after this event when we were here last.
“We have a pretty good schedule. Our caddies actually went to dinner last night [yardage] Books. You’re super nerdy about that. I think they were actually even more excited from this whole experience. “
Nelly added, “Jess is five years older so we didn’t really play golf as kids. The first time we really got to play together was here [in the Dow GLBI] two years ago.
“I feel like we have a very similar mindset, so we both stay really present. We’re not overtaking each other and I think that helps. We have a lot of fun. As Jess said, our caddies are really good friends and we all get along very well.
“To be honest, it’s a lot of fun out there.”