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Laughing matters

Tiffany Joh uses social media to have fun and make connections

Laughing matters

To say that Tiffany Joh enjoys her job as a golfer and the lifestyle and platform it gives her would be an understatement.
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If you’re a golf fan and love social media, you’re probably familiar with Tiffany Joh. If not, check out her You Tube channel or Instagram and Twitter accounts for a jolt of fun.

Joh has a creative presence where she often makes music video parodies playing guitar and/or singing her own lyrics. She recently posted a video of her bowling during an LPGA Tour rain delay and also dressed up in a Pokemon Pikachu costume during a tournament week in Europe.

“I personally like it when I see PGA Tour guys ribbing each other on Twitter,” said Joh, who graduated from UCLA in 2009 as the first four-time All-American in school golf history. “I like leaving evidence that we like to do that too. I love being able to say something that’s really smart-aleck to Michelle Wie and then have her reply back and just have this back and forth; I think it’s entertaining for a lot of people.”

From a fan’s perspective, Joh sees Twitter as a good platform to interact and see what players are up to off the course.

“I think it’s just having the direct, almost face to face, contact with fans that makes it fun,” she said. “It’s one thing when you’re walking down the fairway and someone shouts something at you, but it’s really hard to be able to connect with someone while you’re playing a round of golf. If someone tweets you, you might not have any idea of who they are but you can respond to them. It’s almost like a text message without giving out your number.”

Joh’s early golf success included U.S. Women’s Amateur Public Links titles in 2006 and 2008, and in May the Poway resident was named to a Pac-12 all-century women’s team that includes Annika Sorenstam and Lorena Ochoa. She turned professional in 2009 and joined the Futures Tour in 2010, notching her first victory that year at the New England Golf Classic. Since joining the LPGA Tour in 2011 she has one top-10 finish and earned approximately $800,000 on the course.

Joh, who turns 30 on Dec. 8, started playing golf at the age of 12 in San Diego. She points to Torrey Pines North as the place she played most often because of its friendly junior rate. Balboa Park and Oaks North were also in the rotation, and these days she practices and plays at Maderas, in addition to Torrey Pines, while in town.

“I surf a lot in the La Jolla Shores/Del Mar area, so I actually go putt at Torrey Pines a lot in the afternoon because it’s a public course and there’s no dress code, so I can totally show up in board shorts,” she said with a grin. 

Don’t be surprised if you also see her at Encinitas Ranch after a surf session in Carlsbad.

“It’s probably not good that I schedule my practice routine around the waves,” she said, “but, hey, it’s fun.”

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