NICHOLASVILLE, Ky. — Wisconsin natives Emmet Herb and Jack Ritchay did their part Tuesday to keep St. Thomas (Minn.) in the mix to play during the final two days at the NCAA Division III men's golf championship.
However, despite a 71 from Herb, a junior from Middleton; and a 72 from Ritchay, a senior from Green Bay, the Tommies have their work cut out for themselves during Tuesday's second round of the 72-hole championship.
They planted themselves firmly on the bubble by shooting 310 and finishing opening day alone in 18th place. The 42-team field will be pared to the low 18 schools after the second round, when teams will flip courses at Keene Trace Golf Club where Keene Run produced the top five teams on the Day 1 leaderboard and seven of the top 10 compared to Champion Trace.
Herb, who birdied Nos. 2 through 4 and No. 6 among his five birdies, is tied for sixth, two shots behind first-round leader Sam Goldenring of Williams College. Ritchay had six birdies and was tied for 13th after one round.
UW-Superior, making its NCAA Championship debut, shot 327 at Champion Trace and was tied for 37th place, 17 shots out of the top 18. Olle Sedelius led the way for the Yellowjackets with a 79 that left him tied for 111th.
"A little nerves on the first tee, but as a whole not disappointed with how we played," Superior coach Paul Eberhardt wrote in at text to Wisconsin.Golf after his team came in just six shots higher than top-ranked Emory. "First time for us at the National Championship and we know we left strokes on the course. Lots to build on hopefully we can play a bit better (Wednesday). Either way, as a team great opportunity for us to get a taste and work hard to get back to work."