Whoever comes out of the Women’s Division this week will hoist their first Resorters trophy.
Defending champion Stephanie Herzog of Red Wing and the University of Iowa could never quite pull even on the back nine on Thursday as Amanda Woodhull of Minnetonka upset the top seed. Leah Herzog, Stephanie’s younger sister, has a chance to still win one for the family after she ran away with a win in the quarterfinals.
Joining Leah and Woodhull on Friday at the first tee box at 12:30 p.m. will be Alexis Guggisberg of Glenwood and Madison Herzog of Detroit Lakes.
Here is a recap of how each match played out on Thursday.
Woodhull def. Stephanie Herzog, 1-up
This match was all square after the front nine when Herzog used a par win at the ninth to erase a one-hole deficit.
Woodhull had put the pressure on the top seed by that point, and she added to it with a quick win at 10 with a par. That 1-up advantage is a lead she never gave back.
A birdie win for Woodhull on the par-five 12th proved to be the difference in the match. Herzog got back to within one with a par on 15. She then gave herself every opportunity to tie it with a birdie on 18, but Woodhull matched that birdie to end things in dramatic fashion.
Leah Herzog def. Bigger, 7-5
Leah Herzog is only weeks away from heading to the University of Nebraska for her freshman season with the Cornhuskers, and she played the part of a future Big 10 player on Thursday.
Herzog rolled to a 7-5 win against Alexandria’s Amanda Bigger. After a bogey on No. 1 gave Bigger a lead, Herzog settled in. She birdied Nos. 2, 3, 5 and 6 as part of a stretch where she won five straight holes.
Herzog’s lead at the turn was 4-up, and she got on another birdie run once she hit the back. Her three on No. 11 moved her to 5-up before a birdie on 12 and a par win at 13 ended it.
Guggisberg def. Arellano, 6-5
Ale Arellano qualified as the second seed in this bracket, but she ran into trouble quickly against Guggisberg and could never recover on Thursday.
Guggisberg, a former University of North Dakota golfer, started her round out with a par and two birdies to take a 3-up lead. Her win at 7 with a par gave her a 4-hole advantage at the turn.
Guggisberg never let up from there. She parred No. 10 to grab a five-hole lead and then another par at 13 ended things early after Arellano bogeyed.
Madison Herzog def. Eldred, 4-3
Madison Herzog, a sophomore at North Dakota State University out of Detroit Lakes, used a strong back nine to beat Osakis native Alayna Eldred, 4-3.
Herzog was up just one at the turn, but her birdie win on No. 11 gave her some momentum. She never wavered from there. Her par win at 13 created some separation and then a birdie win at 14 gave her all the cushion she needed to seal the deal one hole later when both players parred.