June 19, 2013
NORMAN, Okla. - Fresno State's Hannah Sodersten became the second Bulldog to advance to the round of 64 at the 37th USGA Public Link Championship on Wednesday in Oklahoma.
"I went into the tournament with the perspective of what a great opportunity it was to make it here," Sodersten said. "I didn't have any expectations or put any pressure on myself, but my main goal was to make it to match play, which I did."
In the round of 64, Sodersten competed against Oregon State's Whitney French. The round of 64 and on to the finals is match play, where they compete by winning each hole rather than by stroke. The prior two rounds were stroke play and she qualified by carding six over par (76, 74 - 150) in the first two rounds.
"I am really proud of Hannah," said head coach Angie Cates Moore. "I'm sure she was frustrated with her play through seven holes today, but she really hung in there and fought back to make it to extra holes."
The Fresno native came back winning the final three holes to square up the match and force a deciding 19th hole. French won the 19th hole to move on to the round of 32.
"The USGA does a tremendous job hosting events," Cates Moore said. "I'm sure Hannah had a great experience this week."
The tournament was held at 6,351-yard Jimmie Austin OU Golf Club, which is on the University of Oklahoma campus.
"This was a great experience for me," added Sodersten. "If I make it to another USGA event, I will be even more prepared."
The U.S. Women's Amateur Public Links Championship is one of 13 national championships conducted annually by the United States Golf Association, 10 of which are strictly for amateurs.
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