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First Round at Denison Suspended

bridgewater women's golf team at denison

GRANVILLE, Ohio - The Bridgewater women's golf team opened their 2017-18 campaign today in the Lynn Schweizer Invitational at Denison University in Granville, Ohio. The team was not able to complete their first official round of the season though, as the remnants of Hurricane Harvey stalled over central Ohio and eventually produced enough rain to make the golf course unplayable.

Senior Christina Herbert, the reigning D-III national champion, started where she left off last season. She birdied the par-3 17th hole (her 11th hole after a shotgun start) to move to even par as play was suspended. "Golf can be very tedious in these conditions," noted coach John Rogers. "It's already a challenging game, and then the rain sets in and you have to change your clothing, change gloves, deal with towels and umbrellas, try to keep the clubs and hands dry, keep the scorecard dry, and figure out how to hit quality shots in the sloppy conditions. For Christina to play the way she did under these conditions just shows why she's one of the premier players in the country."

Herbert made a 45-foot putt for par on the unheard-of 426-yard 15th hole which was playing as a par-4 (the longest par-4 the Eagles have ever played), and she only had one bogey through 11 holes.

Junior Amanda Kelley played steadily in the challenging conditions as well, making five pars in her first 10 holes. She had some trouble on the difficult 15th hole when her tee ball went out of bounds, but she was still just 8 over par when play was suspended.

Meranda Ludholtz, playing the first holes of her collegiate career, started a little slow but was gaining momentum as the round progressed. She made a nice par on the par-4 18th hole as play ended for the day, and she stood 14 over through 10 holes.

Sophomore Jesse Bartley was 16 over par through ten holes when play stopped, and Freshman Abby Papke will be 21 over par when she heads to the first tee tomorrow.

"We enjoy this tournament every year," said Rogers, "but we always play it the first week of the season- we've had very little time to prepare, and even less time to prepare for these conditions, so this event will be a learning experience for the underclassmen who make up 60% of our roster right now. We're looking for the sun to come out tomorrow, and an easier round of golf; and, of course, we are mindful how fortunate we are to be playing college golf given the misery Harvey has created between the Gulf of Mexico and here."

With the first round incomplete, team and individual standings are not known. The first round will resume at 8 a.m. on Sunday, with play continuing straight into the second round.