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Girls Golf: New Prague edges out Red Wing

Red Wing's Kayla Oberding chips out of the rough on hole No. 11 at Mississippi National Golf Links during Tuesday's Missota Conference meet. Oberding carded an 84, helping the Wingers to a second-place finish. (Republican Eagle photo by Joe Brown)1 / 3
Red Wing's Nicole Schammel watches her ball roll across the green during a putt on hole No. 9 during Tuesday's Missota Conference meet at Mississippi National Golf Links. Schammel finished fourth with a 74. (Republican Eagle photo by Joe Brown)2 / 3
Red Wing's Sophia Yoemans watches her tee shot on No. 10 during Tuesday's Missota Conference meet at Mississippi National Golf Links. Yoemans put together a round of 85 in the Wingers' second-place finish. (Republican Eagle photo by Joe Brown)3 / 3

All spring, Red Wing and New Prague have proven to be the cream of the crop in the Missota Conference. In two previous conference meets, the Wingers and Trojans have traded wins, with Red Wing winning 329-336 on April 23 and New Prague taking a 316-332 victory on May 2.

“Both of our teams have two good players. (New Prague has)Kenzie (Neisen) and Taylor (Ledwein), and we have myself and Nicole (Schammel),” said Wingers freshman Stephanie Herzog, “and then we both have good threes and fours. It’s just really close all around.”

On Tuesday at Mississippi National Golf Links, the Wingers and Trojans were back at it, and New Prague came out the victor by the slimmest of margins, finishing with a team score of 311, compared to Red Wing’s 312. Rounding out the top five was Northfield (362), Chanhassen (364) and Chaska (371).

As expected, Neisen and Ledwein were the ones to spearhead the Trojans’ charge. Neisen was the medalist with a one-under par score of 70, and Ledwein came up with a 72, tying Stephanie Herzog for second place.

Red Wing played well over the first nine holes, but it was New Prague’s run on the back nine that helped secure the Missota win.

“We played really well in the front, we were looking really good,” said Wingers head coach mark Herzog. “But then they had (Ledwein) shoot two-under on the back.

Mark Herzog continued, “They just played really good, and we played good, too. I’d take our score any day.”

For the Wingers, Schammel finished in fourth individual with a round of 74. Solveig Christenson and Kayla Oberding contributed to Red Wing’s team score after carding 82 and 84, respectively.

It would have been a major coup to get another win against New Prague, but the Wingers were not about to hang their heads after shooting their third best round of the season.

“Both our score and New Prague’s score are really good for girls golf,” Stephanie Herzog said. “Even on your home course, that’s good. Our low this year is 301, and after that is 308. So 312 is really good, and 311 is really good, too.”

Mark Herzog added, “We had some really good, solid scores all throughout today. It was a really good day for us, and unfortunately we fell one stroke short. Sometimes the other team plays one stroke better, but it was a good day for us.”

Joe Brown

Joe Brown is the sports editor for the Red Wing Republican Eagle. Previously, he worked at the Marshall Independent and the St. Cloud Times. For updates on local sports, follow Joe on Twitter at @RE_JBrown.

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