Joh takes second-round lead at LPGA Sectional Qualifying Tournament
VENICE, Fla., Sept. 30, 2009 – Former UCLA All-American Tiffany Joh took the lead today after the second round of the LPGA Sectional Qualifying Tournament in Venice, Fla. Joh posted a 1-under-par score of 71 to build a two-stroke lead at 4-under-par 140 (69-71) on the Panther Course at Plantation Golf & Country Club.
She is trailed by a trio of players at 2-under-par 142 that includes 2009 European Solheim Cup Team points leader Gwladys Nocera (72-70), of France, and Duramed FUTURES Tour members Tiffany Tavee (69-73), of Arizona and Seema Sadekar (70-72), of Canada.
“For me, it was a Denny's ham-and-cheese-scramble kind of day,” said Joh, a rookie this season on the Duramed FUTURES Tour. “I was getting it up and down from everywhere, really scrambling out there. I'm not striking it super pure, but it feels good to have two solid rounds.
A member of the 2008 U.S. Curtis Cup team, Joh recorded two birdies and one bogey during Wednesday's second round. The vivacious Californian said she struggled with several “wayward shots,” but was able to rally on the strength of her short game.
Coming off a successful Solheim Cup performance in late August, in which she posted a 3-0-1 record, Nocera said she came into this week confident, but hoping to earn her way into the LPGA Final Qualifying Tournament. She posted four birdies and two bogeys in today's second round, with one three-putt green on the third hole of the Bobcat Course.
“I'm not thinking about what I did a month ago,” Nocera said. “I have to think about what I need to do now. It's good to be up there on the leaderboard, but I really want to make it. I'm being patient this week.”
Nocera admitted that she has had to adjust to the Bermuda grass of Florida. The French player said she tends to “punch” her irons shots.
A former collegian at Arizona State University, Tavee is in her fourth attempt at LPGA Qualifying and just completed her fourth season on the Duramed FUTURES Tour, while Sadekar, who won the 2008 CN Canadian Women's Tour order of merit, just completed her first year on the LPGA's developmental tour.
“I honestly just tried to stay positive and not worry about where I am this week,” said Sadekar, who played collegiately at the University of Nevada-Las Vegas.
Five players are tied at one-under 143, while a total of 18 players are at even-par 144 or better. Seventy players made the cut at 152 (+8).
Coming into this week, 112 players hoped to be among the top 30 and ties who will advance into the LPGA's Final Qualifying Tournament. The tournament is being staged on both the Bobcat and Panther courses at Plantation Golf & Country Club, with the final two rounds moving only to the Bobcat Course on Thursday and Friday.
The 72-hole sectional follows the LPGA's first sectional tournament held earlier this month in Palm Springs, Calif., at Mission Hills Country Club. The top-30 players and ties from each of the sectionals will advance into the LPGA Final Qualifying Tournament, set for Dec. 2-6, 2009, at LPGA International in Daytona Beach, Fla.
Making up the rest of the field in Daytona Beach will be current LPGA Tour members attempting to improve their priority standing and eligible Duramed FUTURES Tour players, who automatically advanced based on their position on the 2009 season-ending money list.All media interested in covering the upcoming LPGA Sectional Qualifying Tournaments and the LPGA Final Qualifying Tournament should apply for credentials at www.lpgamediacredentials.com