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PRIOR LAKE, Minn. – Minnesota rising sophomore Grace Curran birdied the 17th hole to square the match, then again birdied the first playoff hole to win the 2020 Minnesota Golf Association Women’s Match Play Championship, which concluded Friday at The Wilds Golf Club.

Curran defeated Kathryn VanArragon to claim the title, the second straight year a Gopher has done so after Grace Kellar’s win in 2019.

The New Lenox, Ill., native was 2-up after three holes, but VanArragon came back to square the match after 10. Two straight birdies by VanArragon gave her the lead, which held until Curran’s birdie on the par-5 17th hole. Both players bogeyed the 18th hole, and in the playoff, Curran overcame an errant tee shot to stick her approach within six feet of the cup, sinking the putt to claim the victory.

Curran was one of three current Gophers in the field, along with Kellar and rising sophomore Emma Carpenter. Both of the latter two bowed out in the round of 16.

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