Kliebphipat Advances, Fallgren Eliminated In WAPL Match Play
NESHANIC STATION, N.J. - Gonzaga University's Tai Jade 'TJ' Kliebphipat won her opening round of match play while Victoria Fallgren suffered a first-round loss Wednesday at the 36th Women's Amateur Public Links at Neshanic Valley Golf Course.
Kliebphipat, seeded 43rd following the 36 holes of stroke play Monday and Tuesday, upset 22nd seed Gabriella Dominguez of Chilton, Texas 4 and 3. Fallgren, the 41st seed, lost to friend and 24th seed Tiffany Lua of Rowland Hills, Calif., 3 and 2. Fallgren defeated Lua in the WAPL first round in 2010.
Kliebphipat will face 54th seed Jennifer Yang of Korea who pulled off one of the biggest upsets of the day with a 1 up victory over Lee Lopez of Whittier, Calif. Yang, a freshman at the University of Washington this past season who calls Coquitlam, British Columbia, home, won the 2011 Royale Cup Canadian Junior Girls Championship at QGolf Club in Richmond, B.C., and earned back-to-back British Columbia Junior Girls' Golf Championships in 2010-11.
Dominguez, a junior honorable mention All-American at Texas Tech University this past season who finished tied for eighth in the NCAA Tournament, was 2 up over Kliebphipat after three holes. Kliebphipat battled back to square the match after seven holes. The Gonzaga junior-to-be took her first lead with a par 5 on the ninth hole and After Dominquez squared the match on No. 12, Kliebphipat won four of the next five holes to claim the victory.
Fallgren never led in her match with Lua who was 2 up after three holes. Fallgren squared the match on the fifth hole and it stayed that way until Lua won the 12th hole. Fallgren drew even on No. 13, but Lua won the next three holes for the win.
"Obviously I'm bummed that I didn't get to move on, but today was a really great match, and I had a lot more fun playing golf than I've had in a long time," Fallgren said of being matched against her friend again. "Tiffany and I went back and forth for a long time before she finally pulled ahead decisively at the end. I didn't play poorly by any means, and I have a lot of positives to pull away from this week. Now I just have to focus on sending good vibes to TJ on her match."