Girls Golf: Steady play nets a second-place finish for Red Wing
Red Wing escaped big numbers Tuesday at the Red Wing Invitational and finished second behind Detroit Lakes at the Red Wing Golf Club.
Detroit Lakes shot a 311, with all its scoring golfers shooting less than an 80. The Wingers finished with 333 and New Prague was third at 338.
"We played really well but obviously I don't think anyone can touch them," Red Wing head coach Mark Herzog said of Detroit Lakes. "It's a tough course. We didn't make a lot of big numbers. We didn't have a lot of big blowup holes."
Stephanie Herzog carded an 80 for ninth place, Nicole Schammel finished 10th overall with an 80, Maddy Hardyman scored an 85 and Reagan Haley shot an 88 for the Wingers. Maddie Flack had an 89, and Solveig Christenson tallied a 96 to round out Red Wing's scores.
"Schammel, Flack and Haley, those three are fighters," Mark Herzog said. "They find a way to get it done. I'm really happy with how they finished."
McKenzie Neisen was the medalist with an even-par 71 and Chanhassen's Brenna Lervick shot a 73 for second place. Detroit Lakes and the top 10 golfers played well Tuesday but there was a large contingent of high scores as players grappled with the 4,900-yard course. Hole No. 14 was especially difficult, a 300-yard par 4, but the Wingers avoided blowups on the hole unlike most other teams, Mark Herzog said.
"It played pretty tough today especially for the people who hadn't played here before," Schammel said. "There are a lot of trees. If you don't hit your tee shots straight you can score pretty high on a lot of holes. There are some deceiving greens if you've never played it before.
The switch from Mississippi National Golf Links went smoothly for Red Wing on Tuesday despite the brutal heat and wind paired with the hilly layout of the Red Wing Golf Club.
Schammel said she grew up playing at the Red Wing Golf Club and used to be a member. On the 9th hole, Schammel correctly read a two-tiered green and two-putted for par. Her past experience helped on an undulating course but it was still different to play there competitively.
"You can't cut the corners and go for every shot," she said. "It played a lot different for me."
Hardyman also played the Red Wing Golf Club frequently in the past, Schammel said, and it showed as she shot an 85 to count for the Wingers on Tuesday.
"I think it plays a big advantage," Schammel said. "This is where she played growing up. You know you've been in the situation before and you're not guessing as much."
Red Wing plays again at 9 a.m. Wednesday at Heritage Links in Lakeville for a Missota Conference meet. Wednesday's match will be the seventh for the Wingers in the past 10 days.