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Eagles Finish Strong at Denison

christina herbert with the second place trophy at denison

GRANVILLE, Ohio - With most players having to complete 26 holes after play was suspended on Saturday due to rain, the Eagles improved in the second round during the afternoon at Denison's Lynn Schweizer Invitational. BC finished sixth out of 13 teams.

Senior Christina Herbert was even par when play was suspended on Saturday, but was less pleased with her ball striking on Sunday. Nonetheless her scores of 75, 74 led her to finish second in a field of 87 players. Jane Hopkinson-Wood of Wittenberg edged out Herbert by one shot. Those two players have both won this event twice in the last four years.

Junior Amanda Kelley played consistently throughout the weekend. "This weekend was good to get back into tournament mode again, but I'm excited to keep working on my wedge game and start to see everything come together," she said. Kelley's scores of 85 and 86 earned a 22nd place finish.

The Eagles' third score was provided by sophomore Jesse Bartley. Bartley finished her final eight holes in the morning at just 3-over par to salvage a round of 90. She then shaved off one more stroke during the second round, shooting an 89.

Freshman Meranda Ludholtz completed her transition from being an East Rockingham Eagle to being a Bridgewater Eagle, posting scores of 93 and 92. "I have been able to watch Meranda's game develop over the years, and she is definitely going to be an asset to our program," said head coach John Rogers.

A week ago freshman Abby Papke completed a weeklong trek from her home in Oregon to Bridgewater College. The tournament at Denison marked the beginning of her collegiate career. She posted scores of 105 and 102, playing in the fifth spot for the Eagles.

DePauw University won the tournament with a two day total of 637. Bridgewater placed sixth with a score of 684.

"We definitely were not in mid-season form this weekend, but that was to be expected after just three days of practice," said Rogers. "I'm proud of how the ladies dealt with the road time, rain, extra holes, and all the other challenges of college golf."

The Eagles will be back in action on September 16th at Shenandoah University.