Breaking news coming out of North Carolina involving a New Hope girl.
Erica Herr is playing like a seasoned veteran in the United States Golf Association Junior Girls Championship. She opened with a first round 74, then added a 75 to finish tied for 12 after stroke play at 149 and advanced to match play round of 64.
Herr, 14, played the Country Club of North Carolina to the tune of eight pars, four birdies and six bogeys in first round. Battling intense pressure, she added a 75 on two birdies, 12 pars, three bogeys and a double bogey.
The Council Rock North student drew Colorado's Lindsay McGetrick for her first match play opponent. Erica is flanked by brother Zachary (right) and caddie Neail Metheson after her second round play.
Herr posted an 80 to earn the fourth and final qualifying position at Spring-Ford for the national championship. While she has scored rounds in the 70s before, to do so on the national stage is outstanding.
There are 156 players, from 9 countries, in the national tournament. Herr isn't the youngest, as three girls are a mere 12 years of age.
Match play starts Wednesday, with the field cut to the low 64 players for the match play portion of the event.
Hollis Stacy, who went on to a stallar LPGA career, claimed three consecutive titles from 1969-1971.