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Eagles Win Shenandoah Invitational

Eagles Win Shenandoah Invitational

FRONT ROYAL, Va. - On a hot, breezy day at Shenandoah Valley Golf Club in Front Royal, Va., the Eagles women's golfers claimed their first team victory of the season, while Christina Herbert made it two medals in a row.

Herbert shot two-under-par 70 to win the title and lead the Eagles to a team score of 317, which eclipsed second-place Marymount by 39 strokes. Her last two rounds going back to Ohio are a cumulative four-under par.

"Christina has been playing some boring golf lately, and boring is a good thing in this sport," said head coach John Rogers. "She was even par through 16 holes and then hit her approach shots inside of two feet on both of the last two holes to finish two under."

Senior Danielle Cook continued her steady play in the early part of the season, shooting 81 to place fourth place out of 35 players. Her highlight was hitting a hybrid into the 13th hole par 5 from 200 yards, leaving a 15-foot uphill eagle putt. She tapped in for birdie.

Perhaps the most impressive round of the day came from junior Casey Gaffney, who is a two-sport athlete this season. She shot 82 in the first full round she has played since coming back to school this fall, and finished in fifth place.

"It was great having Casey provide some depth for our team today, and definitely quite an achievement to play like she did with so little preparation," said Rogers.

"Today's round was extremely fun," said Gaffney. "Playing both field hockey and golf has been a huge help for my mental game and created a great balance."

The fourth score for the Eagles came from sophomore Amanda Kelley, who carded an 84. Kelley birdied the par-4 4th hole after driving the ball within 30 yards of the green, and hit it to within a foot on the 14th hole for another birdie.

Freshman Jesse Bartley shot 93. She birdied the opening hole a par-5 to start the day.

Playing as an individual, freshman Madison Rogers shot 112.

"This was a great team effort today- 317 is actually better than we averaged last year when we were top-15 in the country," said Rogers. "It says a lot about the young players on our team who are learning to step up."

Bridgewater will be back in action in two weeks at the Eagles' home event.