French Golfer Joanna Klatten's Memorable Maiden Win

Joanna Klatten Women's Victoria Open          photo: via
A first professional win is probably always going to be memorable, but there were a couple of things about Joanna Klatten's maiden victory that really set it apart.

It was the French player's first trip down-under.  She was in Australia for the Women's Victoria Open, and after a rather amazing bogey-free final round that included three birdies and an eagle, the one-time Georgia State Panther headed to the clubhouse with a two shot lead... and little doubt that the win was hers.  After all, the only threat was Haeji Kang of South Korea, and she was trailing by two halfway up the par-four 18th. 

But in golf... as in life... one must always expect the unexpected, and the unexpected certainly did happened yesterday at Spring Valley Golf Club. It came in the form of a last minute eagle by Kang,  which interrupted the slightly premature celebration going on in the club house.  A tense playoff ensued before the slightly tipsy French golfer did, in fact, lift the Victoria Open trophy. 

I'd say that definitely qualifies as memorable.