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Former University of North Florida star Mindy Herrick hired as St. John’s Country Day coach

Mindy Herrick left the University of North Florida with career records in top-10 and top-25 finishes.

Mindy Herrick left the University of North Florida with career records in top-10 and top-25 finishes.

St. Johns Country Day has turned to one of the top all-time players at the University of North Florida to guide its girls golf program.

Mindy Herrick, who was a three-time All-ASUN player for the Ospreys from 2020-22, was named the Spartans coach for the upcoming season. Herrick played high school and junior golf in Gainesville and was on the women’s team at UNF from 2017-2022.

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In addition to her three all-conference honors, Herrick was a three-time member of the All-ASUN Tournament team, made the ASUN academic honor in each one of her academic years at UNF and was the ASUN scholar-athlete of the year in 2021.

She graduated with a journalism degree in 2021 and is due to graduate with a Master’s in Education Leadership, with a focus on athletic administration.

Herrick left the UNF golf program with career records for top-10s (17), top-25s (26) and a 73.18 scoring average.

“Mindy is the epitome of the type of positive coach and leader we are looking for at St. Johns,” said the St. Johns athletic director. John Sgromolo in a statement. “Her passion and knowledge of golf along with her desire to create a first-class student-athlete experience is evident and we are excited to watch her grow and develop as a Spartan.”

Matching up at Jax Beach

The Northern Chapter PGA will hold a match-play event on July 24 at the Jacksonville Beach Golf Club, pitting a team of directors of golf/head pros against a team of associate pros.

The directors/head pros team is captained by Wes Tucker of the St. John’s Golf Club. The team members are Mike Broderick of Deerwood, Richie Bryant of Pablo Creek, Jake Etherton of the World Golf Village, Dean Grunewald of The Plantation at Ponte Vedra, Jeff Hanson spirit Grace Hurley of the Ponte Vedra Inn and Club, Russ Libby of Hidden Hills, Sean McGauley of Fleming Island, Rich Podwalski of Atlantic Beach, Zach Vinal too The Yards and Josh Wolfe too San Jose.

The associates team, captained by Nicole Cousart of the TPC Sawgrass, is Mitchell Haley spirit Will Rehberg of Deerwood, Jeremy Klipstein spirit Jonathan Williams of the Ponte Vedra Inn and Club, Jackson Koenig, Nick Nuzzo spirit Jim Poole of the TPC Sawgrass, Alex Long spirit Josh Petit of Jacksonville Beach, Bea Mauricio of the St. John’s Golf Club and Aaron Russell of the Sawgrass Country Club. Cousart will be a playing captain.

Cox, Chokshi score top 10s

Nancy Cox of Ponte Vedra Beach and Sahanna Chokshi of Jacksonville finished on the first page of the leaderboards in their respective age divisions in the Florida State Junior Girls June 29-July 1 at the Seminole Legacy Club in Tallahassee.

Cox shot 18-over 234 to tie for ninth in the 16-18 division. Lydia Lin of Reunion (4-over 220) won by two shots over Gabriella Albert of Delray Beach.

Chokshi came in at 15-over 231 to finish solo seventh in the 13-15 division. It was a St. Pete sweeps at the top, with Amelia Zalsman (7-under 209) beating Sophie Dyer by four shots.

Eagle-two, twice

Keith Kinsella of Jacksonville posted a pair of eagle-twos at the Windsor Parke Golf Club within a span of eight days in June.

Kinsella notched his first one on June 17 at the 18th hole, using a driver off the tee and hitting a 9-iron into the hole from 119 yards out. On June 25, at No. 10, he used driver again, then knocked an 8-iron from 130 yards into the cup.

This article originally appeared on Florida Times-Union: Former UNF standout Mindy Herrick will coach St. John’s Country Day girls