Former MHS star Herb named all-American

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Former Middleton High School standout Emmet Herb was named an all-American for the third time at St. Thomas (Minn.)./File photo

Former Middleton High School standout Emmet Herb, who now plays at St. Thomas (Minn.), was named an all-American by the Golf Coaches Association of America. (GCAA).

This marker the third time Herb earned all-American honors, matching the program record of three received by Alex Kapraun (2012-16). This also marked the seventh time in the last nine seasons the Tommies have had an All-America honoree.

Herb, the Tommies’ captain, helped St. Thomas win four of seven tournaments in the fall 2019 season, including the Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference championship for the third year in a row.

St. Thomas was ranked in the top-six nationally in the coaches' rankings and in the GolfStat computer rankings. The Tommies had already qualified for the NCAA Championships in May when the spring season was canceled in March due to the Covid-19 outbreak.

Herb led the MIAC with a 71.4 stroke average for 15 rounds. Herb had 12 rounds of 71 or better, highlighted by a 65 in a dual meet with Gustavus Adolphus College (Minn.) on Aug. 30.

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 conference meet medalist for the first time on his career. His 211 total was the second-best score in conference tournament history.

Herb was just the fourth St. Thomas player in the last 40 years to claim MIAC meet medalist honors. Herb's 14 birdies over the two-day competition led the event, and he was 9-under on par-5 holes.

Earlier last fall, Herb led all 66 Division III players and beat 26 of the 27 Division I golfers competing at the Sept. 7-8 Pioneer Invite. He 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. He's posted nine collegiate rounds scoring in the 60s.

Herb will return for the 2020 fall semester to finish his eligibility.

During a stellar career at Middleton, Herb won the WIAA Division 1 individual state championship in 2016. Herb shot a remarkable 6-under-par, 138, at the state tournament that year and won that event by seven strokes. Herb’s 138 total was also the third lowest in any division since the state tournament moved to University Ridge Golf Course in 1994.

Herb led Middleton to a second-place team finish at state in 2016, along with a fourth-place finish in 2014 and a fifth-place showing in 2015.

Herb was also named the 2016 state Player of the Year by the Golf Coaches Association of Wisconsin.

 

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