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Eagles Finish Second Among Division III Teams at Hilton Head Lakes

womens golf team picture at hilton head lakes

HARDEESVILLE, S.C. - The Bridgewater College women's golf team was the second-highest D-III finisher as the Eagles wrapped up play at Hilton Head Lakes.

The Eagles posted a team score of 344 in the second round of the Hilton Head Lakes Invite to finish in sixth among 11 total teams, but second among Divison Three programs. Senior Christina Herbert finished the two-day tournament at four over par, a tie for fourth overall and the top of the leaderboard among D-III players.

Herbert had her round under par during the early holes following a birdie on her second hole, but she gave up a few shots in the tough stretch of 15 through 18 when the wind was also blowing. The nation's leader in scoring followed her first round score 72 with a 76 today.

"On paper this looks like a fairly typical tournament for Christina," said coach John Rogers. "But she arrived here feeling well below 100% with her game and she worked extremely hard to put these rounds together."

Junior Amanda Kelley had a tough start to the day and was eight over par after her first five holes. But Kelley started to figure out her ball patterns and turned things around, playing the next holes at even par. Her most impressive stretch came on some of the toughest holes when she made back-to-back birdies on the challenging 16th and 17th (her ninth and 10th holes after a shotgun start). Kelley finished with an 82 and a solid two-day total of 162.

Sophomore Jesse Bartley was the one Eagle who improved in her second round. After a strong start on Tuesday, Bartley opened the round by birdieing her starting hole, the par-5 seventh hole, and she was even through six holes. Bartley had one of her best days driving the ball of her college career and she finished the day with an 85, a three-shot improvement from the first round.

Freshman Abby Papke, thrust into a starting role while the team is missing some players, managed a solid showing with a career round of 89 on Monday which she followed with a 101 today.

Among six Division Three teams in the field the Eagles were only bested by Randolph-Macon College, who finished five shots ahead of Bridgewater. Anderson University won the tournament overall with a two-day total of 596.

"You don't always know what you are going to get the first time out in a season," said Rogers. "In this case we were also playing short-handed, but I think the ladies did a great job of staying competitive and even beating some very good teams."

The Eagles are back in action on March 16th at Jekyll Island, Georgia.