Saturday, June 20, 2009

Duramed Championship Friday: Lindberg Drops 63 on Field

It seems like only yesterday I was extolling the chances of this year's crop of new pros from the NCAA to buck the odds and find fairly immediate success on the LPGA. No, wait, that was 2 days ago. Well, Pernilla Lindberg followed up on her 1st professional top 10 with a 63 at the Duramed Championship yesterday. She overshadowed Cindy LaCrosse's own 65, not to mention 69s by Mina Harigae and Jane Chin, a 70 by Maria Hernandez, and 71s by Song Yi Choi and Esther Choe.

As usual, Lisa Mickey tells the story like no one else can, but she kindly left out the details on the players who didn't go under par, like Dewi Claire Schreefel (72), Virada Nirapathpongporn (73), Amanda Blumenherst (73), Pornanong Phatlum (74), Onnarin Sattayabanphot (75), Violeta Retamoza (76), and Tiffany Joh (80). Joh, by the way, is not listed as an amateur. If she's really turned pro, I would have expected a little more fanfare. I don't think she has, though, as her status is listed as A-5 on the players page, so I guess this week she's taking one of 3 (or more) spots reserved for top amateur and collegiate players each event. Here's hoping her game comes around in time for those inevitable LPGA sponsor exemptions.

[Update 1 (9:58 pm): Dianemarie over at Waggle Room clarified that Joh is indeed playing as a pro. She asked Joh herself. I'll add my voice to the many who would love to see Joh back blogging at Waggle Room!]

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