Former Jamestown girls golfers win individual, team national titles

A pair of Jamestown High graduates each left Houston last Friday with national championships.

Bridgewater College junior Christina Herbert came back from three strokes down on the final nine holes to win the Division III women's golf national championship.

And sophomore Emily Salamy's Rhodes College team claimed its second consecutive national team title as the Memphis, Tenn. school held off George Fox University of Oregon by two strokes at Bay Oaks Country Club.

Herbert, who was named the Women's Golf Coaches Association Division III player of the year on Tuesday, carded a 74 on the final day to win by two shots with a four-day, 5-over par 293.

"(Bridgewater coach John Rogers) has a great poker face," Herbert said in a Bridgewater news release. "He knew I took the lead after that tough two-putt on my 17th hole, but I had no idea I was in the hunt. I thought the bogeys I made on the back nine probably took me out of it. He did not tell me until I putted out on 18 that I was the leader in the clubhouse."

Herbert was tied for the lead entering the final day and opened her round with a birdie on hole 10, but made three bogeys over the next five holes to fall behind early.

"It was a goal of mine for my junior year to win the national championship, and while I knew it was a lofty goal, I did not think it was out of reach," Herbert said. "It feels great to have achieved this and I'm glad to have done it on behalf of Bridgewater."

Herbert won the Old Domion Athletic Conference individual title by six strokes, and helped Bridgewater to its second straight ODAC team title in the program's fifth varsity season. She won medalist honors in eight of her 11 tournaments during the 2016-17 season and carded a career-best round of 69 three times this season, including in the second round of the NCAAs in addition to being named an ODAC/Farm Bureau Scholar-Athlete and CoSIDA Academic All-District.

Her coach at Jamestown, Doug Meredith, tweeted after the big win, "Still trying to wrap my arms around the enormity of her accomplishment! NCAA Women's Champion. Wow!"

Salamy finished 14th with a score of 305 playing on her second national championship team. This one will lose three seniors for next season.

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