It's showtime on a national stage for New Hope's Erica Herr began just before 7 a.m. Thursday. The opening day action saw her card a five-over-par 77 in difficult conditions.
The 18-year-old incoming Council Rock High School senior is teeing it up this week in the United States Women's Open, being held on Long Island at Sebonak. Herr qualified for the main event from a group that included 1,421 entries. The two-time Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association Girls State Champion will be playing in her fourth USGA event. Herr is slated to tee off Thursday at 6:56 a.m. in a group that includes professional Alice Kim and amateur Elizabeth Schultz. The same three women will play away Friday at 12:41 p.m.
Herr will be playing in a field which includes the top female golfers in the world, including her longtime favorite Paula Creamer.