Class AA State Girls Golf Leah Herzog

Red Wing’s Leah Herzog, the current No. 1-ranked girls player in Minnesota, was named 2019 Minnesota Miss Golf on Sunday. She’ll play at the Class AA state meet this week at The Ridges at Sand Creek in Jordan.

Red Wing senior Herzog named the state’s best golfer

Leah Herzog added one giant bullet point to her golf resume Sunday night.

This week she hopes to add the one that’s still missing.

Herzog, Minnesota’s top-ranked girls golfer for much of this season, was named the 2019 Minnesota Miss Golf award winner on Sunday night during a banquet at Windsong Farm Golf Club in Independence.

The University of Nebraska commit won the Section One, Class AA championship last week at Cannon Golf Club in Cannon Falls. This week she’ll attempt to win her first state individual championship. The Class AA state meet is scheduled for today and Wednesday at The Ridges at Sand Creek in Jordan.

Leah Herzog’s dad, Mark, who is Red Wing’s head coach, told the Post Bulletin in mid-May that Leah has become even tougher mentally this spring, which has helped her earn the state’s No. 1 ranking and become a section medalist.

“She’s a year older now and a year stronger,” Mark Herzog said. “Her expectations are a lot higher for herself and she’s pushing herself to a different level with her game. A shot that she might have considered acceptable last year, now she has set her standard higher.”

Herzog’s top challenger for state-meet medalist honors will likely be her best friend and long-time teammate, Sophia Yoemans. The University of Missouri commit is a two-time state medalist, including last year, when she blew away a previous 36-hole state-meet record. Yoemans – who was also a finalist for the Miss Golf award – shot 63-66—129 to win state last year, becoming the first high school golfer in state history to break 130 in a state meet.

Leah Herzog was the state runner-up last year, tying the previous state-meet mark of 137.

She has a incredible 69.4 scoring average this spring, has set six course records and is 41-under par for the season.

The Wingers’ dynamic duo has been outstanding again this spring. Herzog shot 65 in back-to-back meets on back-to-back days in mid-May. Yoemans responded with a 68 at the next meet to take medalist honors. Herzog edged Yoemans by one stroke last week for the section title.

Herzog is the second player ever from Red Wing and the second from the Big Nine Conference to win the award.

The first? Her older sister Stephanie, who won the Miss Golf Award in 2017 and just completed her sophomore season at the University of Iowa.

Leah Herzog credited Yoemans and her older sister for always pushing her to improve.

“I’ve always known that when I played against them I was going to have to play really well if I wanted to beat them,” she said at the banquet Sunday night. “If I’m under par and I’m playing against my sister or Sophie, I know that I need to keep making birdies.

“You just can’t let up.”

• Connor Glynn of Waconia was named the 2019 Minnesota Mr. Golf award winner. Red Wing senior Cecil Belisle, who has committed to play college golf at Minnesota State University, Mankato, was a finalist for the award.

• Two other golfers from Section 1 were finalists for the Miss Golf Award, Molly Stevens of Northfield and Jessica Smith of Lakeville South.

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Jason has been a Post Bulletin sports reporter and columnist since 2004 and covers high school football, volleyball, softball, golf, hockey, junior hockey and auto racing. He is a 1999 graduate of the University of North Dakota.