A knock upside the head - Herzog accepts defeat at Resorters with style
In golf and life, in general, there are always going to be days that are like a slap in the face.
Things just don’t go your way and there are a multitude of possible reactions to losing.
For Detroit Lakes’ Maddie Herzog, she took a knock on the head and a loss in the Ladies’ quarterfinals at the 97th Resorters tournament at Alexandria Golf Club Thursday, Aug. 2 with humor and grace.
Trying to complete a comeback from two-down with three holes to play, what would be her final drive of the tournament presented a conundrum with potential feedback.
“I hit a decent drive and it lands right up next to a tree,” Herzog said. “So I hit it and my ball flies up and hits me in the face.”
Golf and life can present predicaments where humor is the only cure to what ails you.
“That pretty much summed up how I played,” Herzog laughed.
After qualifying as the No. 2 seed and a quick victory in the opening round, Herzog faced No. 7 Alayna Eldred of nearby Osakis in the quarters.
By the 11th hole, Eldred was in command with a 3-up lead.
“I played well but just frustrating; I wanted to win so bad,” Herzog said.
Unlike her lights-out putting during Monday’s qualifying round and Wednesday’s match play opener, Herzog stared down at a putter that was not at full strength Thursday.
“I started out just fine but then on five I three-putted from eight-feet, which you can’t do in match play,” she said.
A four-foot, birdie putt on the sixth hole went awry and the greens became a concern.
“After that, I lost all confidence in my putting,” said Herzog. “It was frustrating because I was hitting the ball so well, but couldn’t make a four-footer to save my life.”
Eldred advanced 3&2 to face No. 3 Stephanie Herzog, a 3&1 winner over Ciara O’Connor.
No. 8 Ashlyn Guggisberg of Glenwood upset No. 1 and defending champion Sophia Yoemans on the 19th hole. Guggisberg will face No. 4 Leah Herzog, a 4&2 winner over No. 5 and last year’s runner-up Ale Arellano.
Full coverage of all four quarterfinals matches can be found here courtesy of Alexandria Echo Press sports staff.