BOCA RATON, FLORIDA | As a 13-year-old playing for the Czech Republic at the 2006 Women’s World Amateur Team Championship in South Africa’s Stellenbosch wine region, Jessica Korda made her first foray into the cauldron of golf.
After all, this playing-on-the-world-stage thing is woven into her family’s competitive DNA. Her father Petr (1998 Australian Open champion in tennis), mother Regina (pro tennis and 1988 Olympics), brother Sebastian (fourth round of the 2020 French Open in tennis) and recently top-ranked sister Nelly (reigning gold medalist in Olympic golf), can all cite success at the highest level. Jessica also represented Team USA last summer in the Games in Tokyo, finishing T15 and shooting a final-round best 64, which was tied by Kelly Tan of Malaysia.
“I wouldn’t be where I am without them,” Jessica said of her family. “A lot of what I have achieved in life has been because of them. They make me believe in myself when I don’t.”
Jessica (left) and Nelly Korda during the 2021 U.S. Women's Open Robert Beck, USGA
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