HOUSTON, Tex. - In a field of 116 of the best players in the country, Christina Herbert shot 74 to put herself in sixth place after the first round at the 2017 NCAA D-III women's golf championship.
For Herbert, who started on the back nine in the afternoon wave, it was a round of streaks.
The Bridgewater junior bogeyed number 10 to start the day, and narrowly escaped trouble on 11 when her ball skipped out of a water hazard. She seemed to get some momentum with a birdie on the tough par-3 12th hole but then closed out the front nine with an uncharacteristic run of three bogeys.
"Christina had a few holes where she was hitting some strange shots, some very thin irons and wedges that were unusual, but she's the type of player to get through those rough stretches and get things going in a better direction," said head coach John Rogers.
Sure enough, she started the back nine with a birdie on number 1. On the par-5 5th hole she almost hit the hole with her second shot and lipped out an eight-foot eagle putt, making a birdie. She followed that with a 20-foot birdie putt on the 6th hole.
At that point Herbert was three under on her second nine and even par for the round. Unfortunately the momentum shifted again on the 7th hole when she found a hazard and made double bogey. She narrowly missed birdie putts on her final two holes to finish two over (just three strokes out of second place).
"It ended up being a pretty strange round today, but Christina has positioned herself perfectly for the rest of the week," said Rogers.
Individually, Phoebe Matanna of Williams leads after shooting 69, and in the team championship Rhodes College holds a two-shot lead over Williams and George Fox. Fellow competitor Liza Freed, the only other player from the ODAC, shot 84.
Herbert will resume play on Wednesday at 9:35 a.m.