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Eagles Set Record on Way to Second Straight Win

bridgewater women's golf team picture at their home invitational

HARRISONBURG, Va. - On Sunday the Eagles started the day with a slim three-shot lead in their home Invitational, but 304 strokes later they had a new team record and a 32-shot victory over second-place Stevenson University.

On Saturday three Eagles had their best collegiate rounds, but they still had a tough time pulling away from the field; on Sunday three personal records fell again, and a fourth player tied her collegiate mark, which helped the team pull away from their competitors. "This was an impressive effort by the ladies," said head coach John Rogers. "I think we were caught a little off guard by the strong showings of Stevenson and Randolph-Macon this weekend, the team apparently decided they were not going to be taken down at home."

Sophomore Jesse Bartley shot her best collegiate score of 79 yesterday and then shaved two more shots off today in a remarkably steady round. "It was nice to play at home," noted Bartley, "and I was able to see things come together that we've been working on in practice. It was really nice to have some birdies this weekend." Bartley, who placed sixth among 54 players and finished ahead of a D-I player, credited her improved iron-play with her recent lower scores.

Meranda Ludholtz shot 86 in the first round and then dropped her total to 80 on Sunday. Both were new best collegiate scores, and she moved up to 14th place in the tournament. "I was pretty steady today," said the freshman from East Rockingham High School. "I really focused on my swing and course management- trying to put myself in a good spot for my next shot."

Junior Amanda Kelley continued a trend that is moving her toward the elite players in the ODAC, and her 77 tied her career number. Her two-day total of 159 moved her into a tie for eighth place.

The team's fourth score was really their first score- senior Christina Herbert posted a round of two-under par 70 for a tournament total of 142. Going back to last season, Herbert has won five of her last six events, including the National Championship. She missed a win at Denison earlier this month by one shot, and she is once again positioning herself at the top of D-III women's golf.

Playing in the fifth spot for the Eagles, freshman Abby Papke also moved the bar with a personal best round of 90. "Abby is adjusting quickly to collegiate golf, and developing her skills at a break-neck pace," said Rogers.

The records continued with individual Meghan Morris, whose two-day total of 208 made this her best tournament to date.

The Eagles will return to action in a week when they face a very strong field at Washington & Lee. "Granted we were at home this weekend," said Rogers, "but this is the kind of a round that a team needs to start to realize how good they are. We need to build on this as we prepare to face the top teams in the country over the next month."