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A former Jamestown High golfer is now an All-American.
Christina Herbert, who graduated from Jamestown in 2014, was named an honorable mention All-American by the Women’s Golf Coaches Association for her stellar play as a freshman at Bridgewater College, a Division III school.
The WGCA recognized student-athletes and coaches for Division III women’s golf during a reception in Florida.
Herbert, who helped lead Jamestown to a state championship in 2013, cemented herself as the first Bridgewater women’s golfer to earn All-American status.
“It is really exciting. It’s a big surprise,” she said about receiving the honor. “It wasn’t something I was expecting. I worked really hard my freshman year.
Her freshman year was filled with standout moments that included shooting a school record 69 during the Bridgewater Invitational and taking second at the TaylorMade/Adidas Intercollegiate tournament.
The biggest moment of Herbert’s freshman year came when she won the 2015 Old Dominion Athletic Conference championships by eight strokes on May 15.
“[Winning] was a great honor to have at that tournament,” she said. “It sealed the deal for my freshman year.”
Her freshman season had its rough patches. After placing well during her first collegiate tournament in Ohio, Herbert began shooting higher scores while trying to adjust to the difficult lifestyle of a college athlete.
After a disappointing fall semester, Herbert rebounded in the spring to shoot in the 70s in all but one event. Herbert credited her coach at Bridgewater, John Rogers, for helping her stay mentally tough after a disappointing first semester.
With a successful first year in the books, Herbert said she will return to Williamsburg over the summer to train with her instructor at Kingsmill Resort, Chris George, and to play in tournaments around the state.
“I’m just going to focus this summer of playing hard and working on my game, getting more mentally tough,” she said. “I’m trying not to have too many expectations for next year.”
One big event Herbert is looking forward to over the summer is playing in the Playing for Trevor Golf Tournament on July 10, which pays tribute to one of Herbert’s former teammates at Jamestown who drowned in 2012. Herbert will reunite with former teammates and coaches at Jamestown to play in the tournament.
For Herbert, reuniting with former teammates and coaches from Jamestown will be a good way to reconnect with the program that taught her lessons she applied to her freshman year at Bridgewater.
“Playing on Jamestown taught me I can’t compete against my teammates,” she said. “That really came through in my first year, that I was able to root for my teammates and hope for the best of them.”