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Herbert Wins, Leads Rally at Generals Invitational

photo of the bridgewater women's golf team at washington & lee

LEXINGTON, Va. - Christina Herbert and the Bridgewater women's golf team had a roller-coaster ride in the final round of Washington and Lee's Invitational, which culminated with Herbert's third straight medal at this event and a strong finish for the team.

After a shotgun start (starting on the fifth hole) Herbert played steadily and following birdies on the 12th and 13th holes she was four under par. She added a birdie on the 16th hole to go five under before the momentum turned the other direction. She had a double bogey on the challenging 18th hole followed by bogeys on the first and second holes; but she turned things around again with a pair of six foot birdie putts on each of her final holes.

Herbert's final round 69, featuring seven birdies, for a total of 142 gave her a 10-shot victory over Johnna Beehner of Methodist University. The Eagles have claimed the individual title at the Generals Invitational four years in a row with Herbert claiming three, and Marin Warring winning three years ago.

As a team the Eagles also moved forward in the second round with the biggest move being made by junior, Amanda Kelley, who dropped 10 shots to post 81. Kelley, like Herbert, had an up-and-down round of golf after a hot start that included two birdies in her first five holes.

An impressive round was also provided by freshman Meranda Ludholtz, who has been fighting a nagging injury, but came through with a much-needed 83 on Tuesday. Ludholtz had a nice string of pars on her front nine and birdied the par-3 17th hole.

Senior Casey Gaffney completed her first full tournament of the season and her two-day total of 170 put her in 29th place out of 72 players. Highlights for Gaffney included two birdies and a short-sided chip in to save par on the tough 14th hole at Lexington Golf and Country Club.

Sophomore Jesse Bartley rounded out the team scores with a 94, and freshman Abby Papke shot 102 playing as an individual.

All told, the Eagles improved by 13 shots in the second round with a total of 320. The team's fifth place finish was exactly where they ranked in the field. Methodist University claimed the team victory with a two day total of 625. Carnegie Mellon and W&L tied for second at 628.

"We were trying to make a run at Carnegie Mellon but they shot the best score of the tournament today, so we did not move up the leaderboard, but we still moved forward," said head coach John Rogers. "We played a tournament on a course that was not in great shape and against strong competition, and we played under our scoring average, so it was a successful tournament. Good preparation for our upcoming trip to Florida. It was also fun to watch Christina make a slew of birdies and bring home the individual award one more time."

The Eagles next head to the elite Golfweek D3 Fall Invitational in Destin, Florida, which starts on October 15.