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Eagles Battle Through Tough Second Round at Jekyll

amanda kelley lines up a putt

JEKYLL ISLAND, Ga. - After a successful first round in the elite Jekyll Island Collegiate on Friday, the Bridgewater College women's golf team made the most of a more challenging second round on Saturday. While the team score of 341 dropped the Eagles to 16th place, they remain ahead of all teams ranked lower than them, and ahead of a couple of teams ranked in the top-35 nationally.

Junior Amanda Kelley had the strongest performance of the day in terms of scoring average. Kelley started the day with a triple bogey, but then found a groove and made the turn at just three over par. Kelley finished with three birdies and an 82 on the day. "We really needed this round," said head coach John Rogers. "The team was struggling early in the day, but Amanda helped keep us competitive."

Senior Christina Herbert had a strange and memorable day. She had three uncharacteristic double-bogies early in the round and was 7 over par through six holes, a stretch of golf not seen from the reigning D-III national champion since her freshman year. But Herbert pulled herself together, and after a bogey on the 8th hole she then birdied five of the next seven holes, including a stretch of four straight.

Herbert chipped in on 12, hit her approach to two feet on the 13th, and dropped birdie putts on 14 and 15 as well. "I had to tell myself in so many words to straighten up and start playing," said Herbert of her impressive turnaround. "There wasn't anything I could do about all those lost strokes, and I had to just stick to the process and try to keep my mind in the present." Her final tally of 77 put her in a tie for 15th among 120 competitors.

Sophomore Jesse Bartley followed up Friday's 84 with an 89 in the second round, while senior Casey Gaffney posted 93 to complete the team total. Freshman Abby Papke shot 100 playing in the fifth spot.

Currently Bridgewater, ranked #60 nationally, only trails teams ranked #33 or better in the Jekyll Island Collegiate. The Eagles resume play at 8:00 a.m. on Sunday for the final round, and live scoring can be seen on Golfstat: