Everyone loves a great comeback story and PGA Professional Joanna Coe’s performance at the PGA Women’s Stroke play Championship in Port St. Lucie, Flo., is truly deserving of one.
Coe’s story began during her second round of the Stroke Play Championship, 4-over-par and 10 places away from day one leader, Seul-Ki Park (-2).
She fought back up the leaderboard during her second round on the PGA Club – Ryder Course, making four consecutive birdies on the front nine (holes 3-6) and then again on the back nine (Nos. 11-14). Coe finished her second round with a single round record breaking score of 64 (-8).
However, Coe traveled back to the PGA Club – Wannamaker Course for the final round which proved to be difficult during her first round. During the final round of competition, Coe carded a 2-over-par, 74 on which put her at a tournament total 2-under-par (76-64-74—214).
Coe admitted she didn’t know where she stood coming into the final hole of the tournament. “I just wanted to make a par on the last hole because I know it’s a tough one,” she said.
“It’s uncomfortable the day after shooting a 64, and I’m well aware of that,” Coe told PGA.com. “I wanted to eliminate the big mistakes and I made a couple of key par saves coming in.”
With one last par putt, Coe was able to win the tournament by one-stroke, finishing over runner-up, Brittany Kelly, PGA of the Indiana Section.
In addition to Coe’s win she received $1,800 and a bid to the 2019 KPMG Women’s PGA Championship, at Hazeltine National Golf Club in Chaska, Mn., on June 18-23. She will also make an appearance at the ShopRite LPGA Classic at Seaview Hotel & Golf Club on June 3-9.
When asked what this win meant to her by PGA.com, she said:
“I am thrilled. It’s the best way to cap off my trip to Florida. The golf courses were great. I loved being around these girls and [PGA President] Suzy Whaley, which was a really cool feeling. I am super excited to bring this win back to Baltimore Country Club.”
Whaley presented Coe with her award and congratulated her on a well-deserved victory.
The 2019 PGA Stroke Play Championship was a part of the PGA Winter Series presented by Golf Adviser and Prime Sports.