WINTER HAVEN, Fla. (AP)—Former UCLA star Tiffany Joh won the Duramed FuturesTour’s qualifying tournament Friday, closing with a 1-over 73 in windyconditions for a one-stroke victory over Canadian Danielle Mills.
The 22-year-old Joh, a two-time U.S. Women’s Amateur Public Links champion,had a 12-under 348 total in the 90-hole event. Mills, also 22, finished with a74 on the Lake Region Yacht and Country Club course. Ridgewood Lakes, HuntingtonHills and The Golf Club at Bridgewater also were used during the first fourrounds.
Exempt and non-exempt status will be determined following the LPGA Tourqualifying tournament in December. Players who have earned Category 11 LPGA Tourmembership are not eligible to play the Futures Tour in 2010.
The wind made club selection difficult on the lakeside course.
“It was like being a bomb technician out there,” said Joh, who also willplay in the LPGA Tour qualifying tournament. “Sometimes it was like, ‘Red wireor blue wire?’ That’s what it felt like picking a club today, but you just hadto make a choice and commit to hitting that club. Sometimes it worked andsometimes it didn’t.”
Mills, from Pointe-Claire, Quebec, graduated from Elon University in NorthCarolian this year. She’s a two-time Quebec Provincial Match-Play champion.
“I’m very happy with my week and it’s been a big surprise because I’venever put together five solid rounds before, with four rounds under par,” Millssaid. “This week just confirmed that I’m ready to play out here. This is agreat place to prepare for the big league.”