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Gonzaga Golf in Third at WCC Tournament

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© Gonzaga's Stephanie Corey held at least a share of the lead in Monday's first round through 15 holes (Photo: WCC Athletics) © Gonzaga's Stephanie Corey held at least a share of the lead in Monday's first round through 15 holes (Photo: WCC Athletics)

Gonzaga's golf team settled into third place at the West Coast Conference, thanks to an impressive performance from senior Stephanie Corey.

On Monday, Corey had at least a share of the lead through 15 holes at San Juan Oaks Golf Course in Hollister, Calif. But she bogeyed seven, eight and nine to finish 5-over par 77.

As a team, Gonzaga shot a combined 309, trailing Seattle by one stroke and first-place San Francisco by five.

 

News Release from Gonzaga Athletics:

After leading most of the day, Gonzaga University's women's golf team sits in third place after the opening round of the West Coast Conference Championships at San Juan Oaks Golf Course.

            The Bulldogs shot an opening-round 309, trailing Seattle University by one stroke and first-round leader University of San Francisco by five shots heading into Tuesday's middle round of the three-day, 54-hole tournament.

            Stephanie Corey, the No. 5 player in the Gonzaga lineup, had a least a share of the lead through 15 holes but bogeyed seven, eight and nine - the women's tournament started on the back nine - to finish at 5-over par 77 over the 6,116-yard, par 72 layout. Victoria Fallgren, second in the Zags lineup, played 1-over par golf on the front nine and finished at 4-over par 76 to lead the Bulldogs.

            Freshman Alice Kim had a 77, while sophomore Tai Jade 'TJ' Kliebphipat and freshman Han Wu each shot 78.

            Gonzaga head coach Brad Rickel was frustrated his squad didn't take advantage of the opportunity presented.

            "It seemed like the course was calm all morning and we really didn't take advantage of it. I feel we let one get away from us today," he said. "Other teams struggled and that's the day you have to step up and grab it by the neck. I felt we just let it slip through our fingers today."

            One of the teams that struggled was 13-time winner and defending champion Pepperdine University, which came in at 25-over par 313. Defending medalist Grace Na shot an 80 to give an indication of the type of day the Waves had.

            "That's probably why I'm a little frustrated," Rickel said. "If Pepperdine is going to have a bad day, which they don't very often, you have to take advantage of it. I don't think we did as much as we could have. I guarantee you they are still the favorites, they are going to show up tomorrow hungrier than ever and we have to be much better."

            Maggie Yuan of BYU sits atop the leaderboard with a 2-over par 74.

            "Stephanie was one even par through six holes," Rickel said. "The reality is we count all 18 holes. We have to get it to the house. I think she showed she can shoot a good score here, but we count all 18 of them so tomorrow we have to play them all."

            Rickel also said his two freshmen would have to play better in order for the Bulldogs to contend over the final 36 holes.

            "It's their first conference championship, their first round and I think you have to expect some nerves. I think tomorrow they'll be settled in and play better golf," Rickel said.

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