HOUSTON, Tex. - Bridgewater's Christina Herbert shot a three-under 69 today at Bay Oaks to take a one stroke lead at the halfway point of the D-III National Championship.
Herbert opened on the front nine (which she played under par as her back nine yesterday) and kept the momentum going by making a 20-foot downhill putt for birdie on the first, followed by an 8-footer for birdie on the second. When she made a 5-footer to go 3-under par on the 5th hole she had already pulled into second place.
Herbert ended up hitting every green in regulation on the front nine, and the only blemish was a 3-putt on the 8th hole. She turned in at 34 strokes.
On Tuesday Herbert had some trouble on the back nine, but not today- she hit six more greens in regulation, making eight pars and a lone birdie on the par-5 16th hole. That birdie put her under par for the tournament, a shot ahead of first round leader Phoebe Mattana of Williams.
"This was the kind of round that golfers dream of- very clean," said head coach John Rogers. "Christina did not miss a green until the 11th hole, and she missed it by eight inches. She only faced one tough up-and-down all day, she was short-sided in a grass bunker on #14 and she pitched it up to two feet for the tap-in."
Interstingly, the round of the day (68) was shot by Emily Salamy of Rhodes, who was a high school teammate with Christina in Williamsburg. Salamy sits alone in third at +1.
In the team championship, defending champion Rhodes continue their strong play and have a 5-shot lead over George Fox.
"It's definitely exciting to see Chrsitina's name, and Bridgewater, listed atop the leaderboard, and today's round will be one to remember, but it will be time to go right back to work tomorrow," said Rogers. "We're having fun out here in Houston, and we will look to keep it rolling in the third round."