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WCC Championships: GU's Fallgren Wins Individual Title; Zags Finish Third

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Gonzaga's Victoria Fallgren shot a third-day best 71 and won in a playoff to claim the individual title at the West Coast Conference championship (Photo: WCC Athletics) Gonzaga's Victoria Fallgren shot a third-day best 71 and won in a playoff to claim the individual title at the West Coast Conference championship (Photo: WCC Athletics)

Gonzaga junior Victoria Fallgren became the first Zag to win the West Coast Conference title by scoring a birdie on the first playoff hole at the tournament in Hollister, Calif. Wednesday.

Fallgren beat Caitlin McClearly from Seattle University with a score of 224 after 54 holes.

As a team, Gonzaga finished third behind No. 1 Peppedine and San Francisco. The Waves shot a team total 911, San Francisco shot a 917, while Gonzaga was two strokes behind at 919.

 


 

Previous Coverage:

Gonzaga's Stephanie Corey shot a 1-under 35 on the front nine and a 2-over 38 on the back on day two of golf at the West Coast Conference championships in California on Tuesday. She helped the Zags climb to second place and a pairing with Pepperdine on the third and final day Wednesday.

The Zags are in perfect position to claim a trip to the NCAA Regionals

 

 

Read the press release from Gonzaga Athletics:

HOLLISTER, Calif. - Gonzaga University's women's golf team stands 18 holes and a perennial powerhouse speed bump away from its inaugural trip to the NCAA Regionals heading into Wednesday's final round of the West Coast Conference Championship.

            The Bulldogs and Waves , the latter the defending and 13-time WCC champion, will be paired in the final group along with the University of San Francisco Wednesday at San Juan Oaks Golf Course with the title at stake.

            The team lead changed hands frequently throughout the day Tuesday as Gonzaga, Pepperdine, San Francisco and Seattle University all took their turn atop the leaderboard.

            But the Waves, who were an uncharacteristic 25-over par in Monday's first round, rallied back to finish 8-over par at 296 and grab the lead with a 36-hole total of 609, two shots ahead of the Zags and 11 better than USF. The Bulldogs improved seven strokes over Monday with Tuesday's 302 for a 36-hole total of 611.

            Stephanie Corey, playing at No. 5 for the Bulldogs, again was the story Tuesday. She shot a 1-uner 35 on the front nine (the women started on the 10th hole) and was 2-over 38 on her back nine and scrambled for a birdie on her final hole.

            She hit her second shot on the final hole into the hazard and got up and down in two for a birdie 4 on the 474-yard, par 5 ninth for a round of 10over 73 on the 6,16-yard, par 72 layout. She has a 36-hole total of 150 and four-way tie for second, two shots behind Alina Ching of Pepperdine.

            "I'm happy for Stephanie. She has played five tournament rounds on this course and she's proved she can play good rounds at this tournament. Truth be told, she got lucky. She hit the hazard on 18, hit a punch-down wedge to the green and sank the putt. It was a great finish," Gonzaga head coach Brad Rickel noted.

            But Rickel said while it was good to be near the top of the leaderboard, "We once again stumbled into the house playing into the wind. To tee it up two shots out of the lead is the sort of thing we've been working on since I got to Gonzaga."

            Victoria Fallgren, playing No. 2, shot a 77 after finishing her round with a pair of double bogeys. Tai Jade 'TJ' Kliebphipat playing No. 3 and Han Wu playing number four each shot 73. Alice Kim, playing No. 1, struggled for the second straight day and finished with an 80.

            "It's remarkable we're where we're at when Alice has not played her two best rounds. If she is back on track tomorrow then we're all the better," Rickel noted.

            Rickel said he is excited to be in the final group Wednesday and thinks his team will handle it well.

            "We've been in the final group a few times. I've tried to train this team to get there. We just need to play our brand of golf. It's irrelevant as to what day it is. When it's all said and done we'll be satisfied with whatever our finish is, but it's good to be in the final wave," Rickel said.

            And the Bulldogs will be looking to ride the wave to their inaugural NCAA Regional.

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