Date: July 19, 2010
Author: Paul Melville

FUTURES – JOH COMPLETES MAIDEN PROFESSIONAL WIN VIA PLAYOFF

(19 July 2010 – Bloomfield, Conneticut)

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California&aposs Tiffany Joh has fulfilled the promise she showed in her amateur days with a come-from-behind victory at the ING New England Golf Classic in Conneticut. In the end, it took a tense four-hole playoff for Joh to complete the victory over Gerina Mendoza of New Mexico. Libby Smith was the third American on the podium, three shots behind Joh and Mendoza.
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rnMendoza began the final round at 13-under par, with what looked like an invincible 5-shot lead over Joh (8-under) tied with Lehua Wise. The final day would turn out to be a shootout between Joh and Mendoza. Mendoza began brightly with a birdie at the first hole, however, this was not an indication of things to come. Joh immediately began to find her range notching three birdies in a row from the 2nd hole to move to 11-under, while Mendoza started to make a few errors bogeying the 4th and 6th holes.
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rnBy the time they made the turn, Mendoza’s lead had been cut to two shots. This was short-lived as she made bogey at both the 10th and 12th holes for Joh to share the lead at the 10-under mark. Joh made bogey at the 13th but bounced back with a birdie on the 14th while Mendoza made her 5th bogey of the day, also on the 14th. So, with 4 holes to play, Joh was at 10-under and Mendoza was on 9-under. It took a birdie on the final hole for Mendoza to regain a share of the lead and force ‘extra-time.’
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rnThe players played the 18th hole twice, each recording pars both times before moving to the par-3 17th hole. Again, they both made two-putt pars before heading back to the 18th. This time, Mendoza pushed her tee shot into the hazard on the right while Joh knocked her second shot to 3 ½ feet. The win was assured but Joh made the birdie putt for good measure. A 4-time All-American when playing for UCLA, Joh said of her victory, “Honestly, just getting into the playoff was an accomplishment. This is just completely unexpected because I was five back, and because Gerina is such a great player.
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rnLeanne Bowditch was the best of the ALPG players finishing in a tie for 25th at even par while Bree Arthur also made the cut, finishing in a tie for 40th at 3-over.

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Photos coutesy of Duramed FUTURES Tour.