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Gonzaga's Fallgren Advances To Public Links Match Play

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Courtesy Gonzaga Athletics

Gonzaga University's Victoria Fallgren has qualified for match play at the 34th annual U.S. Women's Amateur Public Links championship.

Fallgren shot a 3-over par 74 for a 36-hole score of 151, withstood a tense several hours with the cut lingering at 152 and several players still on the course and eventually advanced to match play without benefit of a playoff. Eight players at 152 battled through a playoff for the final three match play spots.

Meanwhile, the Bulldogs Genavive 'Genna' Dodge fired a second-round 84 Tuesday for a 166 and did not make the cut for match play in her first USGA championship.

Fallgren, from Lakewood, Calif., is seeded 55th into match play and will square off with fellow Californian Tiffany Lua of Rowland Heights, who qualified 10th at 144. They will tee off at 8:18 a.m. Pacific Time. The winner of that match will face either 23rd seed Joy Trotter of Chino Hills, Calif., who finished stroke play at 146, or 42nd seed Karlin Beck of Pike Road, Ala., who shot a 149, Thursday at 6:09 a.m. Pacific Time.

Fallgren and Dodge both began Tuesday's play on the back nine. Fallgren began the day with three straight bogeys and made the turn in 4-over 40, then played the second nine in 1-under 34 with three birdies and a pair of bogeys.

Dodge's round also started with a bogey and she was only 2-over through six holes, but a triple-bogey 7 on the 16th and another bogey on 18 left her 6-over at the turn. She had a pair of double bogeys on the second nine to all but end any hopes of advancing.

The tournament is being played at the 6,092-yard, par 71 The Warren Course at Notre Dame on the University of Notre Dame campus. It is the first time the WAPL has been played on a university or college owned course.

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