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Golf: Red Wing’s Herzog commits to Nebraska

December 12, 2017

About two months to the day after one Red Wing girls golf standout committed to a Division I college, another has done the same.

Wingers junior Leah Herzog has carried on Red Wing’s tradition of top-notch golfers by verbally committing to play in the Big Ten Conference at the University of Nebraska.

Her classmate, Sophia Yoemans, the defending Class AAA state medalist, announced her decision to play Division I college golf at the University of Missouri back in October.

Both Yoemans and Herzog have two high school seasons remaining.

Herzog announced her decision on social media during the weekend, posting a photo of herself in a University of Nebraska sweatshirt.

“Super excited to announce that I have verbally committed to play golf at the university of Nebraska!! I want to thank my family, friends and coach’s for all their help!! GoBigRed #B1G,” she wrote on Twitter.

Herzog helped the Wingers finish as the Class AAA state runners-up last season by placing seventh individually at the state meet, with a two-round total of 152.

The Wingers have had players move on to a handful of Big Ten schools in recent seasons — including Minnesota, Michigan State, Indiana and Iowa, where Herzog’s sister, Stephanie, is a freshman this year. Steph Herzog won the Minnesota Miss Golf Award last spring at the conclusion of her senior season.

Yoemans and the Herzogs are a big part of why Red Wing has gone to state 11 consecutive seasons. The Wingers have alternated between Class AA and Class AAA, generally opting to play against the toughest competition in the state.

Leah Herzog finished fifth at the Section 1AAA meet last year, helping the Wingers win it and qualify for state. She also helped her team capture the Big Nine Conference title by placing sixth in that meet.

She finished 23rd at state as a freshman after a 17th-place finish as an eighth-grader in 2015, when the Wingers won their fifth state championship.

After Herzog announced her decision, the Nebraska women’s golf program also took to Twitter, writing “Great news from MN!”

The Cornhuskers are coached by Robin Krapfl, who has been at the helm of the program for 30 seasons. Nebraska has qualified for the NCAA regionals 11 times under Krapfl and made the national championships on three occasions.

The Nebraska program has produced 69 Scholastic All-Americans and two NCAA All-Americans.