Girls Golf: Yoemans breaks another state record, Wingers finish in third place
JORDAN, Minn. — The second day of the Class AA state girls golf meet at Ridges at Sand Creek offered much of the same for the Red Wing girls' golf team. Sophia Yoemans and Leah Herzog again found themselves at the top of the leaderboards with scores of 66 and 71 putting their two-day totals at 129 and 137, respectively.
Yoemans won medalist honors for the tournament, with Herzog coming in second place.
As a team, however, Red Wing came up short as it stayed true to its first-day finish with a two-day score of 665 to claim third place.
Marshall beat out the Wingers by one stroke, and Detroit Lakes won the state title with 638.
"Sophia played fabulous, unheard of golf and Leah played just about unheard of golf," Red Wing girls head coach Mark Herzog said. "Leah had a couple of bad holes but still made it 7-under-par (two-day total). It's tough to be disappointed in that."
Ashton Chandler concluded the final day by shooting 97, putting her two-day total at 200, and Ava Bremseth shot 100 on Wednesday with a total score of 202.
Individually, no golfer came close to touching the scores put up by Herzog and Yoemans. Detroit Lakes' Shelby Busker came the closest with a third-place score of 148. Ava Wallerich and Marah Rothgarn of Lake City placed seventh and tied for 18th, respectively, with scores of 153 and 166.
While Yoemans put her mark in the records books on Tuesday with a state record for 18 holes, she put an exclamation point on it by breaking the two-day score record on Wednesday.
"This is the best I've ever played," Yoemans said. "To put 36 holes together like this, it's just crazy.
"On the back nine, I just tried to keep the ball in play on the water holes and give myself a chance to make a shot. My driver has been good to me these past two days, I missed one fairway and it wasn't by much," she added.
As happy as Yoemans was to have a career-best two days at the state meet, she is just as happy to share the experience with her team. And when it comes to that, Mark Herzog is confident in his team's future.
"We've got a great opportunity going forward, however, Leah and Sophia are not going to shoot better than this next year since they are in uncharted territory right now," Herzog said. "We are going to make some improvements in (the No. 3 through No. 6 golfers). They have already gotten better through the year and now they've gained some valuable experience."
Yoemans and Herzog went 1-2 on Tuesday in the first round of the Class AA state golf meet, but Red Wing found itself in third place by the end of the day.
Detroit Lakes enters the final round on Wednesday with an eight-stroke lead over the Wingers as the Lakers shot 321 as a team. Marshall finished the first day with 327 to land in second place.
Although Red Wing started the tournament strong as a team, it was its individual performances by Herzog and Yoemans that became the story of the day.
Heading onto the 18th hole, Herzog — as the Wingers’ No. 2 golfer — was staring down not just one of her best days on the links, but a state record. She concluded the day shooting a 66, breaking the state-meet record by one shot.
“Going into (the tournament), I just tried to stay in the moment and take things one shot at a time, not getting ahead of myself and worrying about the score,” Herzog said. “One the front nine, I made three really clutch birdie putts that I was not expecting to make, and on the back nine, my irons were really dialed in.”
Her state record would not last long, however, as Yoemans wrapped up her 18-hole round just minutes later with a score of 63. Her 9-under-par performance was also a new course record.
“All the par 5s for me I can get on in two (shots), so I wasn’t lying back on any of those,” Yoemans said. “I hit pretty solid drives so I just went after all the par 5s. Other than that, I was getting close with my wedges and irons.”
Rounding out the top-five individually were Detroit Lakes’ Anna Cihak and Shelby Busker with 72 and 74, respectively, as well as Ava Wallerich of Lake City with a 75. Marah Rothgarn, Lake City’s other state qualifier, wrapped up the first day with a score of 82 to tied for 15th place.
The No. 3 and No. 4 scorers for Red Wing were Ava Bremseth and Bailie Roschen, both shooting 100.