A year after brother Zach committed to the Vanderbilt men's golf team, recent Council Rock North graduate Erica Herr has committed to the Wake Forest women.
"We're really excited about Erica joining our program,' said Demon Deacons head coach Dianne Dailey. "She's not only a great player but a wonderful young lady. She will add a lot to our team and I think she can have an immediate impact.' (1)
Herr is an accomplished junior player from New Hope. She has recorded 14 AJGA top-10s and won the 2012 AJGA Philadelphia Open. She is also a Pennsylvania Junior Champion and a two-time PIAA state champion. (1)
Perhaps her best accomplishment to date was playing in the 2013 US Women's Open last June at the Sebonack Golf Club. At Sebonack, Erica played well the first day (5-over-77) then struggled the second (85), missing the cut for match play by only a few strokes.
"Erica is one of the top players in her class,' Dailey continued. "She's a gritty player that works really hard at her game. She played in the US Open and she won an AJGA event. She has played some big time golf and we're excited to have her.' (1)
While Erica also looked at Northwestern and Notre Dame, Wake was where she wanted to be all along.
"Wake has been my dream since I was seven,' she said.
"I loved the campus, I loved where it was at, I loved everything about the team and I loved the atmosphere.
"I immediately knew that that's where I wanted to go.'
At Council Rock North, Erica claimed a pair of Suburban One League titles, two District 1 championships, an East Region trophy and two state titles (2011, '12). She also got to play on the same team with Zach and younger sister Madelein.
"I really liked it; the guys on the team are really cool,' she said of her time at Rock North. "It was unfortunate we couldn't have a girls team but playing with the guys was still fun.
"It was nice to play after school; I really enjoyed it.'
Herr medaled all four times at states, finishing third her last two years behind runner-up Jackie Rogowicz of Pennsbury and 2012-13 champion Isabella Dilisio of Mount St. Joseph's.
In 2010 as a freshman at North, Erica contributed to the Indians' run to the PIAA team championship. In 2012, she helped CR North claim a state runner-up trophy. In 2010 and again in 2011, both she and Zach were crowned District 1 individual champions.
More recently at the Scott Robinson Memorial, she carded a three-round total of 225 (75-77-73), placing her 15th overall in the tournament which took place May 16-18 at Roanoke (Va.) CC.
SOURCE: 1—www.wakeforestsports.com, Nov. 15, 2013; Gary Petit, Wake Forest Athletic Communications.