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Song Claims Second Straight Professional Victory in Ohio
MASON, Ohio, Fresh off her first professional win in Iowa last week, Christine Song of Fullerton,
Calif., captured her second straight victory at the $135,000 Teva Championship, presented by Time Warner Cable. Song
finished 15-under-par (198) on the Grizzly Course at The Golf Center at Kings Island and tied a tournament record
set in 2007.
Scattered showers throughout Saturday caused the tournament's second round to be continued this morning. Song (68)
ended the second round as the tournament leader. Despite not playing as well as she would have wanted during the
final round, she's more than pleased with the outcome.
"It was just an okay round," said Song. "I bogeyed No. 3, then four birdies. But after that, all I shot were pars. I
was really glad I was able to go low this morning to put me in position to win."
Song admits she stole glances at the leaderboard throughout the morning and while on the course.
"I saw the leaderboard on 16," said Song. "And saw a lot of players in double-digits. But when I got to 18, it just
really felt good. I was more relaxed and didn't get nervous. I was just trying to have fun."
Following last week's win at the Ladies Titan Tire Challenge in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, Song announced she wanted to win
in Mason as a birthday present to herself. The teen turns 19 on Monday. Now with this victory firmly under her belt,
she has a new goal - to do one better than her friend and fellow LPGA Tour rookie, Mina Harigae. Harigae won two
tournaments in a row in 2009, also starting in Iowa, and went on to win one more later on in the season.
"I want to win three in a row," said Song. "I want to win next week!"
Sharing a tie for second at 11-under-par (202) are Gerina Mendoza of Roswell, N.M., and Nontaya Srisawang of Chiang
Current LPGA Tour rookie Mendoza (67) finished her round with seven birdies and three bogeys. She came to the course
today with a different mind set than before which she felt helped her overcome the bogeys.
"I played steady and had some bogeys here and there," said Mendoza, who was a contestant of Golf Channel's Big
Break: Prince Edward Island series. "But after every bogey, I'd get a birdie. That's comforting to me. It's what I
work on, taking one shot at a time."
Also working on her plan of steady play was Srisawang (68), who finished the day with only one bogey and four
"I played very well all day today," said Srisawang. "After I made the bogey on No. 3, I had to keep going on the
plan I practiced. If I have a chance to make birdies then I do."
Cindy LaCrosse of Tampa, Fla., finished the day in third at 10-under-par (203). LaCrosse (68) had trouble making
putts today which caused her to miss out on the tie for second.
"I just wasn't making any birdies," said LaCrosse, who won this year's Riviera Nayarit Challenge in Nuevo Vallarta,
Mexico. "I just couldn't get anything until the last hole and by then it was too late. I hit 15 greens though, so
I'm happy with that."
The next stop for the Duramed FUTURES Tour will be the Tour's only Major and its oldest tournament, the Tate & Lyle
Player's Championship in Decatur, Ill., June17-20.
For scores and more information, visit duramedfuturestour.com.
Weather: Decreasing clouds with temperatures in the mid 80s. Winds WNW at 5 to 10 mph.
Race for the Card Continues At Teva Championship
The Duramed FUTURES Tour's annual Race for the Card entered its eighth week at the conclusion of the Teva
Championship in Mason, Ohio. The Race for the Card spotlights movement on the Tours 2010 season money list as
players jockey for position among the top-10 money winners. Players finishing in the top 10 at the conclusion of the
tournament season will earn membership on the 2011 LPGA Tour.
At the conclusion of the Mason event, players moving into the top-10 spots on the money list are as follows: 1.
Cindy LaCrosse of Tampa, Fla.; 2. Christine Song of Fullerton, Calif.; 3. Angela Oh of Maple Shade, N.J.; 4. Gerina
Mendoza of Roswell, N.M.; 5. Pornanong Phatlum of Chaiyaphum, Thailand; 6. Jane Rah of Torrance, Calif.; 7. Nontaya
Srisawang of Chiang Mai, Thailand; 8. Paola Moreno of Cali, Colombia; 9. Jennie Lee of Henderson, Nev. and 10:
Hannah Jun of San Diego.
Mendoza Wins PeakVision Sunglasses and IPOD Touch For Final-Round Low Score
For her final-round low score of 4-under 67, Gerina Mendoza of Roswell, N.M., was the recipient of a pair of
PeakVision patented Dual-Zone lens sunglasses designed specifically for golfers. The Official Sunglass of Duramed
FUTURES Tour, PeakVision will provide sunglasses for the season-long promotion Sunday Low Round Award. Mendoza
improved from a tie for third to a tie for second with her total score of 202 (-11) on the Grizzly Course at The
Golf Center at Kings Island. Nicole Smith of Riverside, Calif., Sophia Sheridan of Guadalajara, Mexico and she tied
with final-round scores of 67, but Mendoza won the tiebreaker, which was the lowest total score.
Mendoza also won an iPod Touch for her Sunday low round from the tournament's title sponsor, Teva Pharmaceuticals.
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