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She Did It! Erica Herr wins Pa. title

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Winning is becoming a habit for Erica Herr.

 

And the 15-year-old New Hope resident won a major championship with a victory in the prestigious 47th annual Pennsylvania State Women's Golf Association Junior Championship.

 

Herr did it in style, scoring a runaway 9-shot victory over 54-holes at Saucon Valley Country Club. The incoming Council Rock North High School sophomore carded rounds of 73-71-73 for a 217 total, lapping the field as Longue Vue's Kendall Allen and Talimore's Isabella DiLisio placed second at 226.

 

With the win she became the second player from Lower Bucks County to win the event, joining William Tennent's Lisa Dooling who won in 1979 playing out of the Manufacturers Golf and Country Club. None other than LPGA Hall of Fame member Betsy King won the event twice, in 1073 and 1974.

 

"What a week, I had my top game this week," said Herr, who earned co-medalist honors with Yardley's Jackie Rogowicz after an opening round 73. "I was in control of my game, I didn't get flustered and was very relaxed. I was really hitting my iron shots well, and putting, well, I made a bunch of putts."

 

Herr played the final two days teamed with her closest competition. Going out as the tournament leader was a bit disconcerting, but nothing too difficult to deal with. Did she worry about holding the lead?

 

ericaherr2011.jpg"Great question! I liked being in the lead, especially when I got a couple shots in front," explained Herr, who placed 2nd in the event a year ago at the Country Club of Harrisburg. "I knew I could make a mistake and overcome it. As it was, I didn't really get into much trouble and I was surprised as the lead grew and grew. In some regards, I like knowing I need to make a birdie or two to get into contention. This week I just had to play my game and not worry about others because I had the lead."

 

The youngster credits her play in American Junior Golf Association events where she faces national competition in helping her at Saucon Valley.

 

"Don't get me wrong, there were wonderful players here," said the top-ranked girl junior in Pennsylvania. "But at the AJGA Rolex Tournament of Champions (several weeks ago) the entire field was a field of champions. Going up against that level of competition really helped me this week. I knew what I had to do, relaxed, and went out and did it."

 

Just a week ago Herr won the Philadelphia Section Junior Girls PGA Championship, now she's added the Pennsylvania State Junior Championship to her resume. What in the cards for an encore?

 

"It's funny, I just love to go out and play," said Herr, who two years ago followed her LPGA favorite player, Paula Creamer, in the United States Women's Open held at Saucon Valley. "It was great to play in her footsteps so to speak. I have several big tournaments coming up, but the big thing is taking things a step at a time. Learning each time out. Getting better."

 

Herr gave credit to her competition. "I played with some wonderful players this week. Jackie (Rogowicz) had a good week." Rogowicz finished tied for 4th after rounds of 72-78-78---229. Doylestown's Ashley Cassidy tied for 9th at 85-79-85---247.

 

Younger sister Madelein Herr, who had expected to play in the Junior-Junior competition, played with the older girls and fared well. Madelein placed 6th in the First Flight competition after rounds of 91-88-92---271.

 

Herr, who was a member of the Council Rock North squad which claimed the Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association State Team Championship last fall, credits hard work for the constant improvement in her game.

 

"There's no substitute for practice and working on the parts of the game that need work," explained the youngster. "My irons have really come around. I was hitting them high, and they were landing softly on the greens. That's a great feeling seeing the results of hard work."

 

Herr claimed the championship trophy and brought it home. But she, Madelein and mom Cyndie did make a stop along the way.

 

"We celebrated by stopping and getting some ice cream," said the youngster with a smile. "Mint chocolate chip with rainbow sprinkles!"

 

A celebration well earned.