Herzog, top seeds, advance to quarterfinals
There were dominating performances from the top eight seeds in the Women’s Division on Wednesday.
The closest match came from Ciara O’Connor and Lauren Stockmoe as the two Alexandria natives battled for a while before O’Connor came away with a 3-2 win.
Other matches were done long before that as all eight of the top seeds came away with wins in the division.
Madison Herzog def. Elise Stockmoe, 6-4
Madison Herzog of Detroit Lakes got on a birdie run early in her round and then pulled away on the back to take down Alexandria’s Elise Stockmoe, 6-4.
Stockmoe’s lone birdie of the day came on No. 3, but Herzog matched that as part of three birdies on the front for her. The other two came on holes 2 and 6 as she took a 2-up advantage to the turn.
Herzog used back-to-back par wins on Nos. 10 and 11 to move to 4-up. Then after both players parred the 12th, Herzog used birdie wins on the par-three 13th and the par-five 14th to put away the match.
Yoemans def. Cummings, 6-5
The top seed and defending champion had no problem getting past her opening opponent as Sophia Yoemans breezed to the 6-5 win over Caitlin Cummings of Minneapolis.
Guggisberg def. Kranz, 6-5
Glenwood’s Ashlyn Guggisberg will face Yoemans on Thursday after she beat Morgan Kranz of Sauk Centre by that same 6-5 score.
Leah Herzog def. Bailey Klause, 6-4
Minus two holes, fourth-seeded Leah Herzog of Red Wing dominated her way through her round. Herzog doubled No. 5 and bogeyed 7, but six birdies easily erased the memory of those.
Arellano def. Woodhull, 4-3
Last year’s runner-up, Ale Arellano of Wichita, Kansas, didn’t give Minnetonka’s Amanda Woodhull much of a chance. Not after birdying five out of her first six holes.
Arellano got a three on the par-four first hole and added birdie wins on Nos. 3, 4, 5 and 6. She ran into a little trouble with bogeys from 8-10. That opened the door a bit as Woodhull closed her deficit to just two holes after a birdie win on No. 11. Arellano steadied herself after that, parring Nos. 13 and 14 to get off the course with a 4-3 win.
Eldred def. Yoder, 5-4
Osakis’ Alayna Eldred battled through an up-and-down front nine on Wednesday before steadying herself on the back and securing a 5-4 win over Preslee Yoder of Chattanooga, Tenn.
Stephanie Herzog def. Mulvahill, 4-3
Stephanie Herzog made it a clean sweep for the Herzogs in division play on Wednesday as the Red Wing native got past Kelly Mulvahill by a 4-3 score.
Herzog’s round started off in fine fashion as she parred Nos. 1 and 2 to go 1-up before an eagle on the par-five third hole bested a birdie by Mulvahill. Instead of dwelling on that misfortune, Mulvahill got the next hole with a par and was within one hole at the turn after a bogey win at 9.
Herzog owned the back, though. She birdied holes 10 and 11 to set the tone and added par wins at Nos. 13 and 15 to end things early.
O’Connor def. Lauren Stockmoe, 3-2
A battle of current and former Alexandria Cardinals went to Ciara O’Connor as the younger of the two Alexandria athletes ran together six straight pars between the front and the back to hold on for a 3-2 win over Lauren Stockmoe.
THURSDAY PAIRINGS - 1ST TEE
12:36 p.m. - Sophia Yoemans vs. Ashlyn Guggisberg; Leah Herzog vs. Ale Arellano
12:45 - Madison Herzog vs. Alayna Eldred; Stephanie Herzog vs. Ciara O’Connor