(Surfers Paradise, Australia – February 25 2005) Ai Miyazato from Japan extended her first round lead at the $Aus800,000 ANZ Ladies Masters after tacking on a four under par 68 to her opening record-equalling 63 to reach 13-under par, four shots clear of Australian Nikki Campbell at Royal Pines Resort.
|18-year-old Tiffany Joh pointing to her albatross twoPicture by Brendan Moloney|
Tiffany Joh, an 18-year-old amateur from the San Diego in the USA continued the teenage invasion of women’s golf her at Royal Pines as she carded the best round of her life which consisted of six birdies and an albatross at the par five ninth, her final hole.
Joh sits in a tie with Sweden’s Maria Hjorth who came in late in the afternoon with a seven under par 65 to share third spot on eight under par. Hjorth birdied the three of the final four holes of her round to jump up two places
Joh, a High School student at Rancho Bernardo in San Diego reached eight under par for 36 holes and is a shot clear of six players including Swedes Linda Wessberg, Maria Hjorth and Cecilia Ekelundh, Rachel Hetherington from Australia, Elisabeth Esterl from Germany and Veronica Zorzi from Italy who carded an eight under par 64 to jump right into contention for her maiden victory.
“I’ve never had an albatross before,” said Joh.
“I actually thought it went into the bunker at the back of the green but people were clapping, so maybe it didn’t go into the bunker. I guess it turned out OK. I had 213-yards to the pin and I hit a five wood – it was downwind.
“The green was elevated and the pin was back left, so I couldn’t see it land at all. I had no idea until I went up and checked it and then I was in shock, so I just picked up and walked around the green like a zombie!”
Rounding out the top ten, four players share 10th spot on six under par including Sweden’s Asa Gottmo and Australian’s Tamie Durdin, Shani Waugh and four times ANZ Ladies Masters Champion Karrie Webb.
The cut fell at one over par with 73 players making the final two rounds.