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Eagles Begin Play at Elite Golfweek Invitational

the bridgewater women's team at golfweek

MIRAMAR BEACH, Fla. - The Bridgewater College women's golf team took advantage of fall break and an invitation from Golfweek to play in a high-level tournament this week at the Sandestin Resort in Miramar Beach, Florida. Play started Sunday with the Eagles posting a team score of 347, which put them in 14th place after the first round.

This elite tournament starts with Golfweek inviting the top-18 teams in the country from the previous season, and then they fill out the lineup if some of the top teams are not able to participate. Bridgewater made it last year based on the 2015-16 squad that was ranked as high as #13 nationally, and the team was grand-fathered this year. The first official rankings of the season are expected today, but most of the sixteen teams in the Golfweek DIII Invitational this year will be top-30 teams.

"When the rankings come out, we will likely place closer to number 60," said head coach John Rogers, "so we have a battle in front of us with the teams that are present, but it's a great event, in a beautiful part of Florida, and it's an honor to be here. It's also good to face a challenge like this in our final event of the fall, so that we become more prepared for the spring season."

The Eagles were led in the first round by Christina Herbert, who also leads the nation in scoring. Herbert felt that her putting let her down on Sunday, but she still posted a solid round of 75, which puts her in a tie for third place- one shot behind Samantha Haubenstock and Chloe DiPetrillo, both of Washington University at St. Louis.

The second score for Bridgewater was provided by junior Amanda Kelley, who scrambled her way to an 86, and senior Casey Gaffney came in next with an 87. Sophomore Jesse Bartley posted a 99 for the fourth team score for the Eagles, who are playing short one player this week. "It really hurt us today to be missing a player," noted Rogers. "We shot our highest team score of the season, partly as we adjust to playing on Bermuda grass again, partly as we adjust to the tricky greens on the Baytowne Course, and partly because we did not arrive with a full roster. But I was pleased that our four players kept grinding for every stroke throughout the round."

The Eagles are in 14th out of 16 teams with two rounds remaining, and everyone is chasing Washington- St. Louis, who shot 304 to take a seven shot lead over Huntingdon College.

Bridgewater hits the tee box Monday morning at 9 a.m., and live scoring is available at Golfstat.