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Throwback Thursday: Herb was cool, calm... even at age 18

Mike Ekern photo
Mike Ekern photo

St. Thomas' three-time All-America golfer Emmet Herb finishes up his undergrad degree requirements this semester. But instead of playing his last few tournaments as a Tommie, Herb and his teammates learned Monday that the MIAC Presidents' Council has called off golf competitions for all league schools.

St. Thomas closed last season ranked in the top 10 of the coaches' poll and in the GolfStat computer rankings. Now the Purple will keep practicing this fall and look to compete in some spring 2021 tournaments.

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Herb led the Tommies to the NCAA Championships in May 2018 (11th place) and 2019 (15th place). A third berth at nationals in May 2020 was already secured but the event was called off due to the Covid outbreak.

Herb led the conference with his 71.4 stroke average for 15 rounds. He had 12 rounds of 71 or better, led by a score of 65 in the Aug. 30 dual meet with Gustavus. Herb was ranked No. 4 among Division III players in the GolfStat computer rankings.

A five-time conference Athlete of the Week, Herb was the 2019 conference meet medalist -- the first such honor on his career. His 211 total was the second best score in conference tournament history. Herb's 14 birdies over the 54-hole competition led the event, and he was 9-under on par-5 holes.

He led all 66 Division III players and beat 26 of the 27 Division I golfers competing at the Sept. 7-8 Pioneer Invite; recorded an 8-under par score of 208 (70-69-69) over 54 holes and took second out of 93 players, just two shots behind the medalist, Texas A&M's Brandon Smith (206). Herb has recorded 26 career under-par collegiate rounds -- including 10 of his 15 rounds in 2019-20 -- and has posted nine collegiate rounds scoring in the 60s.

As part of today's Throwback Thursday series, check out this video interview with Herb from 2016, just after he secured the individual state championship as a senior at Middleton (Wis.) High. Herb shot 68-70/138 to win the individual title by seven shots and help his Middleton team to second place.