ST. LOUIS — Major props to Mallory Fraiche.
Fraiche somehow managed to smile after suffering a loss in one of two – that’s right, two – 25-hole matches in the round of 64 yesterday.
“This is one of the toughest,” Fraiche said afterward.
Fraiche, a soon-to-be senior at Arkansas-Little Rock, lost when Jodi Ewart sank a 20-foot birdie putt on the par-3 seventh hole. What made the loss especially brutal was that Fraiche had a chance to close out the match on the previous hole with a 3-footer for birdie. She said she had had the same putt earlier in the day and missed it that time, as well.
“I take that I can grind it out. I take that I can get up-and-down and make some big putts,” Fraiche said when asked what she takes out of such a hard loss.
Fraiche likened the experience to a five-way playoff in a U.S. Women’s Open qualifier that went to extra holes. She qualified for the Open, where she missed the cut.
The other 25-hole match came when Taylore Karle managed to outlast Kendra Little.