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Eagles Get Win at Emory & Henry

the eagles with their emory & henry champion prizes

ABINGTON, Va. - The Bridgewater women's golf team shot 13 stokes higher than their average team score at Glenrochie Country Club, but a total of 338 on Tuesday was enough to seal a 16-shot victory over Southern Virginia University. It was the second team victory of the season for Bridgewater.

In the first round the Eagles were lead by Hannah Woodson, half of their sophomore dynamic duo. On Tuesday the other half, Heather Donnelly, came through with a career-best score of 81 (her third personal record this season) to spearhead the team victory. Donnelly's round was a bit of a roller-coaster ride, but she came through with three birdies when she needed them including a near-eagle on the 8th hole. Donnelly managed the difficult greens at Glenrochie well, and her two-day total of 166 was good for fourth place in the tournament.

"These greens reminded me of my home course [Belmont in Chantilly, Virginia]," said Donnelly, "So I felt very comfortable on them."

Senior Jesse Bartley was not pleased with her first round results, but she spent extra time on the driving range Tuesday morning and felt better about her ball striking. Despite dropping three shots on the final two holes, Bartley came in three shots better than Monday with a score of 83.

A pair of freshmen, one making her first start and one making her first extended trip, came in with a pair of 87's to provide the final team scores. Madolin Neff dropped a six-foot side-winder on the 4th hole for birdie, and she navigated the difficult finishing holes at just 2-over par. Savannah Scott dropped a nice birdie putt of her own on the par-5 7th hole and came in with an 87 that helped seal the team victory.

After leading the team Monday, Woodson was put in the unfamiliar position of playing in the number-1 spot. She responded well but had two triple-bogeys that culminated in a total score of 90. Even after Tuesday's round, Woodson is scoring an impressing nine strokes better on average than last year.

Junior Abby Papke did not make as many pars as she is accustomed to, but she had a birdie on the par-5 14th hole and posted a 94 playing as an individual.

Despite a higher than usual team total, Bridgewater was able to finish atop a field that included five schools. With two wins this seasons, the Eagles' head-to-head tally now stands at 22-1.

"The greens at Glenrochie and the demands they place on your approach shots exposed some of the areas we will needs to improve upon as we prepare for national-level competition," said head coach John Rogers, "But this young team has achieved some great things already. This wasn't our prettiest effort, but a win is a win."

The Eagles will be back in action at the Golfweek Division III Collegiate in Florida in mid-October.