May 28, 2008
UCLA junior Tiffany Joh will compete in the 35th Curtis Cup this weekend, hosted by Great Britain and Ireland at the historic Old Course in St. Andrews, Scotland.
A three-time All-American, Joh is a member of the United States' team, which consists of eight players and is coached by American amateur legend Carol Semple Thompson. She becomes the first UCLA player since Cindy Scholefield competed for the U.S. in 1988.
The Curtis Cup is a three-day competition between teams from the United States and Great Britain & Ireland, alternately hosted in Europe and America every two years. The United States leads the series, 25-6-3, and won the 2006 event, 11.5-6.5 at Bandon, Ore.
Competition begins Fri., May 30 with three foursomes matches and three four-ball matches. This format continues on Sat., May 31. On Sun., June 1, all eight players for both teams will play singles matches.
In other news, Joh was nominated this week for the Honda Award. She is one of just four collegiate golfers named to the Honda Award ballot, which will be voted upon by more than 900 administrators from NCAA-member institutions. The Honda Award winner from each sport is eligible for the Honda-Broderick Cup, given to the outstanding Collegiate Woman Athlete of the Year. Past UCLA winners include Ann Meyers, Jackie Joyner Kersee and Lisa Fernandez.
In 2007-08, Joh ranked third nationally and tied for first at the NCAA Championship before falling in a playoff. She earned NGCA All-America honors for the third consecutive year and was voted the 2008 Pac-10 Golfer of the Year. Recently, CoSIDA/ESPN The Magazine named her a 2nd Team All-District VIII Academic All-American. She carries a 3.46 cumulative grade point average in Communications.