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Women's Golf Tied For Third At WSU Cougar Classic

Courtesy: Gonzaga Athletics
          Release: 09/24/2012
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PULLMAN, Wash. - Gonzaga University's women's golf team opened its second tournament of the fall with another impressive showing. The Bulldogs are in third place at the WSU Cougar Classic with a 36-hole 590 and two players are tied for first going into the final round Tuesday.

Gonzaga is currently five strokes behind host Washington State University and nine strokes behind first place University of California.

"We had a good day," Bulldog head coach Brad Rickel said. "We had a solid plan going into the tournament and stuck to it all day. We now need to have our best round tomorrow and need four low scores to move up."

Senior Victoria Fallgren and freshman Raychelle Santos sit atop the leaderboard, each putting together a 36-hole 144. Fallgren shot a first round 74 and a team-low second round 70, while Santos, coming off a fifth place finish in her collegiate debut at the OSU Invitational, shot a 71 and 73 to earn her 144.   

Fallgren and Santos are tied with Kristen Rue of Washington State and Jaqueline Williams of California.

Senior Genavive 'Genna' Dodge closed out the first 18 holes tied for fourth with a 72 but dropped five spots after posting a second round 75. Dodge is currently tied for ninth with a 147.

"Victoria, Raychelle and Genna all played very solid from start to finish," explained Rickel.

Rounding out the day for the Bulldogs was Tai Jade 'TJ' Kliebphipat at 155 (77-78) and Alice Kim at 163 (82-81).

Playing as individuals were both Han Wu and Angela De Villa. Wu, a sophomore, scored a 154 (78-76) and freshman DeVilla - playing in her first collegiate tournament - had a 156 (81-75).

Gonzaga now looks to close out the tournament with a strong final 18 holes Tuesday.

"We are proving we belong in the final group on the final day and look forward to the challenge tomorrow," stated Rickel.

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