HOUSTON, Tex. - Bridgewater College's Christina Herbert remains in a tie for first place with one round to go at the 2017 NCAA D-III women's golf championship.
The Eagle junior is tied for the lead with Rhodes' Nikki Isaacson at +3. Two other players are one shot back, with the rest of the field trailing by at least three strokes.
Herbert started on #10, the tougher side of the course. She bogeyed that hole from the greenside bunker, and then lipped out a par putt on the 13th hole to go to +2 for the day and drop out of the lead.
Herbert three-putted the 16th to go to +4 for the round, and had a birdie putt lip out on #17 to narrowly prevent her from getting a stroke back.
She chipped in from the short side of the green on number 18 to turn at 3-over par. Herbert was still tied for second place at that time. Another birdie putt on #2 just missed, with Herbert at that point alone in second place- two shots back of Williams' Phoebe Mattana.
With many of the other leaders now struggling on the difficult back nine, Herbert moved to 5-over after #5 but was back within a shot of the lead.
Herbert finally got a good shot to drop on #8, her second-to-last hole. Her tee shot on the par-3 went long, but she chipped in for birdie to move back into a tie for the lead.
Finishing with a 76, Herbert will tee off tomorrow at 9:45 a.m. with a chance to battle for a national title.
"Golf is funny," said head coach John Rogers. "You have one of those days where you always have a yardage you like, the putts fall, and things seemed to go pretty easily, but the next day all of that seems to disappear and you get funny lies, and the putts lip out, and you always seem to be between clubs. That's how it was yesterday and today for Christina."
"She had a little trouble controlling the distance of her wedges and irons today, and she would tell you it was not her prettiest round," added Rogers. "But here she is still tied for the lead in the national championship."
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