Herzog qualifies second at Resorters
DL’s 2018 graduate and NDSU incoming freshman Maddie Herzog finished a shot off the lead for medalist honors in the Ladies Regular Division qualifying at the 97th Resorters tournament at Alexandria Golf Club.
Herzog shot a three-under-par round of 70 finishing as one of only three golfers below par with the current Minnesota Class AA high school state champion and University of Missouri commit Sophia Yoemans atop the leaderboard at four-under 69 and Herzog’s cousin Stephanie Herzog at one-under 72.
Maddie’s round consisted of four birdies to three bogeys on the opening nine and a bogey-free back nine with back-to-back birdies at the par-five 14th and par-four 15th holes.
Leah Herzog made it a three-way family sweep of the second through fourth positions finishing at even-par 73.
The top 16 advance to Wednesday’s opening round of match play.
Maddie will face Alexandria native and Bemidji State University sophomore No. 15 Elise Stockmoe of Geneva Golf Club.
That match ironically mirrors the Tuesday Men’s Senior Division opening match of Maddie’s father Mike Herzog, seeded No. 17, squaring off with No. 16 Scott Stockmoe, Elise’s father, in the field of 32 golfers.
Defending champ off to a good start in Women's Division
Sophia Yoemans is at it again through her qualifying round.
The defending Women’s Division champion from Red Wing shot a 4-under 69 on Monday. It was part of three rounds under par as Madison Herzog of Detroit Lakes and Stephanie Herzog of Red Wing shot 70 and 72, respectively.
“I just kind of went out there and had fun,” Yoemans, a soon-to-be senior in high school, said. “I was playing with Stephanie and Leah, my two teammates, and then Maddie (Herzog), my good friend. I was just kind of relaxed out there. I hit the ball well.”
Yoemans’ only miscue came on hole 17 when she bogeyed the par three. She bounced right back from that with a birdie on 18. That was part of five birdies on the day for her as she added them on Nos. 5, 6, 12 and 15.
“I was kind of in position where I could get up and down,” Yoemans said. “I had a couple two-putt birdies and then most of them were tap-ins or short. I made one about 10 footer on 15, but that was really the only long putt I made, so I definitely left a few out there.”
Yoemans has been cruising since shooting 15-under par to set a new Minnesota State High School League record in winning the Class AA state tournament this past spring. She has followed that up with a lot of good rounds this summer.
“I feel pretty good with my game right now,” she said. “I think the whole summer has just been really solid with no major problems or anything. I’ve just been really steady ever since state throughout all my summer tournaments.”
The cut for the women’s championship flight was a 92 as Caitlin Cummings of Minneapolis got into the field and will match up with Yoemans in the opening round of match play when the women get going off of hole one at 12:15 p.m. on Wednesday.
It’s another talented field. Madison Herzog had three bogeys in her qualifying round, but she negated those with six birdies on Nos. 1, 3, 7, 8, 14 and 15. Stephanie Herzog birdied Nos. 2, 3, 6 and 11 around a bogey at 5 and a double bogey at 9. Leah Herzog shot even par, highlighted by birdies at 3, 6 and 14.
Yoemans and the Herzogs are good friends who have created quite a bond through golf. It wouldn’t be surprising to see some of them face each other this week with all four hoping to work their way to a championship.
“I think it’s really good for us (when we play each other) because we all really push each other because we’re always so close and so competitive,” Yoemans said. “Even if we wind up playing each other, there won’t be sore losers. It will just be fun, and the winner will be whoever plays better that day.”
Osakis’ Alayna Eldred, a former division champion, shot a 5-over par 78 in qualifying and enters match play as the seventh seed. Last year’s runner-up, Ale Arellano of Wichita, KS, shot a 76 and takes the fifth seed into the tournament. Ciara O’Connor was the top qualifier from Alexandria as she shot a 78 and enters as the sixth seed.
They all will be looking to catch the defending champ, who is excited to see if she can capture another title this week.
“I’m feeling pretty good,” Yoemans said. “I love the course. I know it really well, so I’m just really excited to get out there and play.”
(Eric Morken, Sports Editor of the Alexandria Echo Press contributed to this story)
Resorters Ladies Regular Qualifying
1 Sophia Yoemans, Mississippi National -4 69
2 Madison Herzog, Detroit CC -3 70
3 Stephanie Herzog, Mississippi National -1 72
4 Leah Herzog, Mississippi National E 73
5 Ale Arellano, Willowbend +3 76
6 Ciara O'Connor, AGC +5 78
7 Alayna Eldred, AGC +5 78
8 Ashlyn Guggisberg, Minnewaska +6 79
9 Morgan Kranz, Greystone +8 81
10 Preslee Yoder, Honors Course +9 82
11 Lauren Stockmoe, Geneva GC +10 83
12 Amanda Woodhull, Meadowbrook GC +12 85
13 Bailey Klause Redwood Falls GC +13 86
14 Kelly Mulvahill, N/A +15 88
15 Elise Stockmoe, Geneva GC +16 89
16 Caitlin Cummings, AGC +17 90
Wednesday Pairings - First tee
12:15 p.m. - Sophia Yoemans vs. Caitlin Cummings; Ashlyn Guggisberg vs. Morgan Kranz
12:24 p.m. - Leah Herzog vs. Bailey Klause; Ale Arellano vs. Amanda Woodhull
12:33 - Madison Herzog vs. Elise Stockmoe; Alayna Eldred vs. Preslee Yoder
12:42 - Stephanie Herzog vs. Kelly Mulvahill; Ciara O’Connor vs. Lauren Stockmoe