Golf: Wingers finish third at state
JORDAN, Minn. – The Red Wing girls golf team was able to leave state with some hardware. Just not quite the hardware the Wingers were expecting at the start of Day 2.
Up two strokes on Pequot Lakes for second place in the Class 2A state tournament after the first round, the Wingers shot a team total of 326 on Wednesday at Ridges at Sand Creek in Jordan, good for a two-day total of 650. Meanwhile, Pequot Lakes, led by co-medalist Maggie Heggerston’s Day 2 round of 70, shot a 320 for a two-day total of 648, beating the Wingers for second place by four strokes.
“I knew it was going to be close,” said Red Wing head coach Mark Herzog. “Thirty-six holes to play and we were up two shots (after Day 1). And it was really close.
Herzog continued, “We had a good season. There’s nothing wrong with third.”
A day after setting a state record with a round of 293, Detroit Lakes secured its third straight state title with a 297 on Wednesday, good for a two-day total of 590.
While the Wingers weren’t able to hold onto second place, they weren’t too hung up leaving state with some different hardware.
“I didn’t care where we placed, I’m just glad we made it here,” said Red Wing freshman Stephanie Herzog, who shot a 77 on Wednesday to finish with a two-day score of 155, which put her in a three-way tie for ninth. “I’m glad that we could stay in the hunt for second.”
One player who was motivated to leave Jordan with second place was junior Reagan Haley. Haley shot one of her best rounds since the beginning of the season, carding an 80 on Wednesday.
Haley’s motivation: helping the team’s lone senior, Nicole Schammel, leave with a second-place medal.
“It’s sad watching Nicole leave. We’ve been to seven state tournaments together now,” Haley said. “The only thought in my mind was trying to get second for Nicole.”
Mark Herzog added about Haley, “That was a huge score for her today and that was nice to see. She had kind of struggled all year and then pulled it together today.”
Schammel ended her high-school career with an 83 on Day 2, finishing the tournament tied for 14th with a total of 159. Kayla Oberding finalized the team score with an 84 (171 total). Sophia Yoemans shot an 87 (172), and Solveig Christenson completed her round with a 92 (179).
The course continued to play tough, with Wednesday’s pin placements providing an extra challenge, but the Wingers were able to play close to its Day 1 round of 324.
“It’s definitely a course you can’t expect pars out of because you really have to work for,” Stephanie Herzog said. “You really have to grind it out; otherwise you can end up with doubles or triples.”
Schimbeno tied for 12th
Leading Lake City’s trio of state golfers on Tuesday with a 78, sophomore Emily Schimbeno finished off a strong state run with a round of 80 on Wednesday for a two-day total of 158, putting her in a tie for 12th with Osakis’ Alayna Eldred.
Wednesday’s round also solidified Schimbeno’s place in Lake City golf history as she set a new school record for lowest stroke average.
“She was tied for the record at 81.2 going into this tournament, and she had a 78 and 80. She was excited when she found out she broke that,” said Tigers’ head coach Steve Randgaard. “She was pretty steady all day.”
Senior Erin Pennington finished in a tie for 41st after an 86 on Wednesday added up to a two-day total of 178. Freshman Lexi Geolat capped off state with a Day 2 score of 88, good for a total of 179 that put her in a five-way tie for 43rd.
Joining Heggerston for medalist honors was Detroit Lakes’ Kate Smith, who also carded a 70 on Day 2 for a two-day score of 143.