Emmet Herb w/St. Thomas bag

NICHOLASVILLE, Ky. — Jack Ritchay was the last St. Thomas (Minn.) golfer on the course during the last round of his college career Friday and the former Green Bay Notre Dame standout make his final hole special.

The senior birdied the 415-yard ninth hole on the Champion Trace Course at Keene Trace Golf Club to finish off a final-round 77 and — more importantly  — boost the Tommies out of a deadlock with Rutgers-Camden and into sole possession of 15th place at the NCAA Division III Championship. Middleton native Emmet Herb did a lot of the heavy lifting for St. Thomas on the final day of the 72-hole tournament with a 70 to finish in a tie for 15th as the Tommies fired their low round of the week (303) and move up two spots, finishing 1,236 total to finish 62 shots behind champion Illinois Wesleyan. 

"Walking off of (No.) 18, it was relieving because I knew that I had left everything I had out there," Ritchay wrote in a text to Wisconsin.golf. "I also found out that the birdie I made put us in solo 15th so it was a little bit of a consolation prize to do that for our team. I told our coach this after that if you would’ve told me I would average just over 75 (strokes) per round this week I would have been so excited. For me, to get top 30 in this big of an event shows me that all the hours I put in over the years was worth it."

Ritchay, who finished fifth in the field this week in birdies, picked up four more Friday to give him 15 for the week. Unfortunately for the St. Thomas senior, he also had three double-bogeys and three bogeys on the day.

Herb, meanwhile, overcame more troubles off the tee but was able to break par for the first time all week with a 2-under 70. He birdied the par-5 14th hole only to give the shot right back with a bogey on the par-5 17th hole.

After making the turn in even-par, however, Herb caught fire on the back nine. He birdied Nos. 2, 4 and 6 to get to 3-under and stayed there until a bogey at the par-4 17th knocked him out of a five-way tie for 11th place.

"I was pretty horrendous off the tee, but they had some tees moved up and I drew some good lies," Herb said via text message to Wisconsin.golf. "I didn’t hit a fairway until a 3-wood on my 11th hole (No. 2) but I was able to hit each of the first nine greens in regulation. I missed a lot of good looks and was able to take advantage of getting to the green in two on both (Nos.) 2 and 6 for birdies. I had two rough days but all-in-all to come away with two rounds under par and a top-15 finish was promising after struggling at nationals last year. Hopefully, it gives us the edge to be able to use this experience for next year."

While Herb looked ahead to his senior season, Ritchay looked back on an eventful one of his own — especially the weather-related challenges this spring — and concluded he will miss the time he spent at St. Thomas.

"Closing out my career like this it wasn’t what we wanted as a team," Ritchay wrote. "But to finish it off with these guys and coaches I couldn’t have asked for a better college program to be apart of. Everyone involved made everyday fun — even in the sleet and cold."


Team/Player Leaderboard
Keene Trace Golf Club - Champion Trace - DIII Men 2019 Par: 72 Yardage: 7190
Keene Trace Golf Club - Keene Run - DIII Men 2019 Par: 72 Yardage: 6897
Nicholasville, KY US
May 14-17, 2019
Click on the round header, (Rd 1, Rd 2, etc), to view previous round data
Pos. Team/Player (seed) Rd 1 Rd 2 Rd 3 Rd 4 Total
1 Illinois Wesleyan 287 291 302 294 1174
T9 Drew Pershing (4) 70 73 80 71 294
T15 Ben Johnson (1) 72 73 73 78 296
T15 Rob Wuethrich (2) 74 72 78 72 296
T24 Andrew Abel (3) 74 73 75 77 299
T32 Skylar Le Vine (5) 71 81 76 74 302
2 Huntingdon College 299 291 290 297 1177
3 Drew Mathers (1) 70 73 72 73 288
T6 Stephen Shephard (2) 77 70 72 74 293
T11 Henry Gee (3) 73 75 74 73 295
T49 Mark Connelly (4) 79 77 72 78 306
T57 Carson Whitton (5) 81 73 77 77 308
3 Guilford College 296 286 300 299 1181
5 James Mishoe (2) 75 72 72 73 292
T6 Josh Hill (1) 73 70 75 75 293
T9 Addison Manring (5) 73 72 72 77 294
T53 Louis Lambert (4) 80 72 81 74 307
T70 Jack Lee (3) 75 78 83 77 313
4 Concordia Univ. (TX) 288 311 301 293 1193
T15 William Kim (3) 71 78 74 73 296
T24 Phillip Schmitz (4) 70 79 76 74 299
T28 Seger Howell (1) 76 80 75 70 301
T32 Ben Balen (2) 73 76 76 77 302
T65 Travis Skorheim (5) 74 78 83 76 311
5 Methodist University 300 298 301 298 1197
T11 Zane Brownrigg (4) 72 70 77 76 295
T39 Brantley Phillips (3) 78 76 74 76 304
T44 Larkin Gross (1) 77 76 81 71 305
T53 Dan Shepherd (2) 80 76 76 75 307
82 Tyler Vincent (5) 73 84 74 87 318
6 Wittenberg University 295 292 308 303 1198
T22 Cameron Willis (1) 72 70 80 76 298
T22 Colin Laszlo (3) 72 77 76 73 298
T44 Ryan Mallette (2) 80 68 79 78 305
T53 Chris Dunne (5) 74 83 74 76 307
T65 Cooper Taylor (4) 77 77 79 78 311
7 Oglethorpe 295 303 303 299 1200
4 Jacob Arnett (1) 73 70 74 73 290
T39 Kyle Shealy (2) 71 76 75 82 304
T44 Anthony DeRosa (4) 76 80 77 72 305
T49 Justin Rickerson (3) 75 78 77 76 306
T74 Isley McClure (5) 76 79 82 78 315
8 Claremont-Mudd-Scripps 299 302 303 297 1201
T11 Mason Chiu (4) 70 74 75 76 295
T32 Ken Kong (1) 75 77 77 73 302
T32 Alex Wrenn (2) 77 74 75 76 302
T63 Austin Long (5) 85 77 76 72 310
T77 Alex Yun (3) 77 79 78 82 316
9 Hope College 305 303 303 296 1207
2 Josh Gibson (1) 72 71 73 71 287
T15 Ben Kramer (3) 76 75 77 68 296
T53 Daniel Settecerri (4) 76 76 78 77 307
T85 Noah Weigle (5) 81 81 75 83 320
91 Andrew Goble (2) 82 81 85 80 328
10 Trinity College (CT) 290 308 309 302 1209
27 Will Rosenfield (1) 71 77 79 73 300
T39 Jack Junge (5) 80 75 76 73 304
T44 Nick Branchina (3) 71 80 76 78 305
T57 Ricardo Paes Leme (4) 73 77 80 78 308
T63 Taylor Kay-Green (2) 75 79 78 78 310
11 Carnegie Mellon Univ. 307 292 313 304 1216
T11 Jason Li (1) 74 72 75 74 295
T44 Henry Scavone (4) 76 77 77 75 305
T57 Jason Folker (2) 76 71 83 78 308
T57 William Knauth (3) 81 72 78 77 308
92 Austin Lin (5) 84 84 84 79 331
12 Hampden-Sydney College 297 315 309 301 1222
T49 Allen Smith (3) 73 80 81 72 306
T61 Bruce Shober (1) 71 80 80 78 309
T61 Adam Hade (4) 77 78 75 79 309
T68 Hunter Martin (5) 76 85 79 72 312
T72 John Ferguson (2) 79 77 75 83 314
13 Willamette Univ. 308 306 306 308 1228
T24 Austin Davis (4) 78 75 73 73 299
T32 Samuel Hinton (3) 77 71 77 77 302
T74 Trent Jones (1) 78 79 78 80 315
T74 Kenneth Sheldon (2) 77 81 79 78 315
88 Andrew Kibbee (5) 76 81 78 87 322
14 North Carolina Wesleyan 312 304 310 306 1232
T28 Frankie Schmitt (3) 75 73 75 78 301
T32 Mariano Silvestri (2) 74 77 75 76 302
T70 Grady Anderson (1) 78 76 85 74 313
T83 Luke Thornton (4) 85 78 78 78 319
94 Dustin Wood (5) 85 86 82 82 335
15 St. Thomas, Univ of-MN 310 310 313 303 1236
T15 Emmet Herb (1) 71 77 78 70 296
T28 Jack Ritchay (5) 72 75 77 77 301
T68 Matt Mellin (2) 82 77 79 74 312
93 Peder Larson (3) 85 81 81 85 332
95 Miles McCarthy (4) 93 84 79 82 338
16 Rutgers - Camden 300 311 318 308 1237
38 Richard Stolz (1) 75 77 72 79 303
T49 Andrew Gutierrez (5) 74 82 76 74 306
T79 Sean Hughes (3) 77 77 85 78 317
T83 Cory Meyer (4) 74 79 85 81 319
89 Sean Sigall (2) 84 78 86 77 325
17 Redlands 306 312 313 310 1241
T39 Jake Hollander (3) 75 78 77 74 304
T72 Alex Stroes (1) 80 78 77 79 314
T79 Cameron Cooper (4) 76 82 80 79 317
T85 Cade Lawson (2) 75 80 87 78 320
96 Kyle Sharp (5) 80 76 79 0 235
18 Aurora University 311 309 317 317 1254
T65 JT Hudson (3) 78 71 83 79 311
T77 Craig Schlegel (4) 81 77 81 77 316
T79 Noah Hogue (2) 74 80 80 83 317
87 John Torres (1) 88 81 74 78 321
90 Jackson Fluck (5) 78 82 82 84 326
 
Individuals
Pos. Player (Team) Rd 1 Rd 2 Rd 3 Rd 4 Total
1 Sam Goldenring (Williams College) 69 74 70 72 285
T6 Cade Osgood (Southwestern Univ.) 75 74 75 69 293
T15 Daniel Harcourt (Gettysburg College) 77 72 74 73 296
21 David Schneider (St. John's (MN)) 74 74 74 75 297
T28 Brian Peccie (Washington & Lee) 75 73 79 74 301
T39 Brendon Lowrance (McMurry University) 73 75 78 78 304