OWINGS MILLS, Md.--UCLA's Tiffany Joh began to get a little reflective Wednesday after the second round of the NCAA Women's Championship, the realization that there are just 36 holes left in her college career starting to settle in. With no top-10 finishes during her senior season and having yet to break 70 all spring, the two-time U.S. Women's Amateur Public Links champion is the first to admit it this wasn't how she hoped to wrap things up.
"It has been pretty disappointing," said Joh, who sat in a tie for 20th after two rounds, nine strokes back of her teammate Maria Jose Uribe after rounds of 74 and 76. "The last few tournaments haven't been like how I wanted to finish, so hopefully the next two days will [be different]."
Joh says she sees flashes of her old self, as does Bruins coach Carrie Forsyth. "She's had a couple of weeks of swinging the club well in practice," Forsyth said. "She's hitting the ball really well now. All the kinks are worked out."
The issue has been swing tempo, Joh needing to slow things down. For anyone who knows the self-deprecating 22-year-old from San Diego, it's not a real surprise that that might be her flaw. She a whirling dervish of a person in most everything she does.
"She tends to rush [on the course], and the swing follows," Forsyth says. "She's really just trying to work on her tempo, keeping it simple, less mechanical."
While wishing she had done better, Joh knows there is something that could go far to making her forget the personal struggles of 2008-09.
"If our team can win a national championship," she said, "that will make up for everything."
Through two rounds, the Bruins were atop the leader board with a 13-under 589 score. Perhaps a happy ending is still in store for Joh.