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Victoria Fallgren, left, and TJ Kliebphipat have advanced to match play at the Women's Amateur Public Links.
Courtesy: Kyle Terada/WCC

Fallgren, Kliebphipat Advance To Match Play At Public Links

Courtesy: Gonzaga Athletics
          Release: 06/19/2012
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            NESHANIC STATION, N.J. - Gonzaga University's Victoria Fallgren and Tai Jade 'TJ' Kliebphipat have advanced to match play of the 36th Women's Amateur Public Links at Neshanic Valley Golf Course.

            Fallgren shot a final-round 5-over par 77 for a 36-hole total of 146 to tie for 37th and Kliebphipat fired a 1-over par 73 for a two-round total of 147 and a tie for 43rd. The top 64 players in the field of 156 advanced to match play beginning Wednesday.

            When the match play tree was announced late Tuesday, it was as if Fallgren had hopped into a DeLorean for a trip Back to the Future. Her first-round opponent, as it was in 2010 when she qualified for match play, will be against fellow Californian and friend Tiffany Lua of Rowland Heights, Calif.

            Fallgren is the 41st seed and Lua, who finished stroke play at 144, is the 24th seed. They will tee off at 6:03 a.m. Pacific Time. In 2010 Lua, the 10th seed, may have been considered a heavy favorite over the 55th-seeded Fallgren. But Fallgren, coming off her freshman year at Gonzaga, took a 3 and 1 victory.

            Kliebphipat, meanwhile, is the 43rd seed and will face 22nd seed Gabriella Dominguez of Chilton, Texas, who finished stroke play at 144. Their tee time is 9:39 a.m. PT.

            "It's ironic, really, that I'm playing Tiffany again," Fallgren said. "But I've beat her once, and I know if I play my normal game I can do it again."

            Fallgren, who got off to a fast birdie-birdie start Monday, wasn't so fortunate Tuesday. Teeing off in the morning and starting on the 10th hole of the 6,149-yard, par 72 layout, Fallgren started bogey 5, par 4, double bogey 5, par 4 and bogey 6 to go 4-over after five holes. She bogeyed the eighth hole and was 5-over at the turn. She had one birdie and a bogey on her second nine.

            Fallgren hopes to take a different approach into match play than she had Tuesday.

            "I got a little tightly wound today which led to my poor first nine, but with the stress of qualifying behind me, I just want to go out there tomorrow and have some fun," said the senior-to-be. "Even though I had a rough first nine, I felt encouraged that I was able to turn it around on the back nine and salvage a decent number. Going into match play tomorrow, I'm feeling good about my game." 

            Kliebphipat, also starting on the 10th hole, started with a bogey and had two bogeys and two birdies in the first six holes, and made the turn at 1-under after getting a birdie on the 18th hole, the ninth hole of her round. The front nine, where she had most of her problems Monday, once again was a thorn in her side as she posted three bogeys and a birdie.

            This is the second time in three years Fallgren has advanced to match play - she didn't play in the WAPL last year - while Kliebphipat, a junior-to-be, will be playing in her inaugural WAPL match play after failing to advance out of stroke play a year ago.

           For complete 36-hole stroke play results click here. For match play pairings and live stats click here.

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