Joanna Coe shot a 3-under par 69 to finish seventh in the Symetra Tour’s season-opening Visit Mesa Gateway Classic in Mesa, Ariz., on Sunday.
Coe, a 2007 Oakcrest High School graduate from Mays Landing, shot an 8-under 208 (70-69-69) for the three-day event. She finished four shots behind tournament winner and LPGA Tour player Alena Sharp, of Canada, and one shot out of a four-way tie for third place.
Coe, who lives in Orlando, Fla., earned $2,900.
In last year’s opener, Coe shot an 82-80 and missed the cut.
The Symetra Tour is a development tour for the LPGA. Coe’s best career finish was a tie for sixth at the Four Winds Invitational in August 2012, her rookie year.
On Sunday, the 32-year-old Sharp closed with a 1-under 71 for a 12-under 204 total at Longbow Golf Club. She finished second last year, two strokes behind Jaclyn Sweeney.
"It feels amazing, I've worked really hard the last five months and I've finished second a lot on this tour and this is my first win," said Sharp, who earned $15,000. "It feels really good. I struck the ball well all week, putted well and hung in there. ... It was a little bit of a grind today, but I used my mental toughness and training to get through it and I'm happy that I'm holding the trophy."
She will return to the LPGA Tour on March 20-23 at the LPGA Founder's Cup in Phoenix.
Runner-up Marissa Steen finished with a 68.
Emily Talley (65), Becca Huffner (68), Sadena Parks (68) and Jennie Lee (71) tied for third at 9 under.
Cheyenne Woods, Tiger Woods' niece, had a 71 to tie for 14th at 3 under. She won the Australian Ladies Masters this month.