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Herzog inks name in Bison record book a week after family tragedy

NDSU freshman Maddie Herzog finished in a tie for fifth place at the Red Rocks Invitational in Cornville, Arizona Sunday. Her three-round score of 211 is the third best, 54-hole score in school history. File photo

With her brother Michael in a St. Paul hospital recovering from second and third degree burns from a recent accident, North Dakota State University freshman Maddie Herzog had to decide if she was even making the trip to Arizona to golf with the Bison women’s team.

“His accident was on Sunday,” she said. “I went down and saw him and asked my parents if I should still go.”

The Herzogs encouraged her to make the trip and play.

Maddie Herzog

Bison head coach Matt Johnson determines his lineup from recent tournament results. He had Maddie listed off the starting lineup but playing as an individual.

“It doesn’t matter to me,” said Herzog. “We all earned a spot to be on the team. I’m not disappointed at all. If I make the team, I make the team. I’m not too worried.”

Maddie and the Herzog family had more pressing things to be worried about with Michael’s continuing recovery and that mindset contributed to Maddie having the best performance of her early college career.

“It was one of those things where it set me back and put everything in perspective,” she said. “I was just like golf isn’t that big of a deal. Obviously, it’s a big deal but there are bigger things going on in my life right now where I don’t have to be too worried about missing a five-foot putt. I think that helped because it distracted me a bit. I was thinking about him a lot and called my parents after and he was having a rough day. My parents told him I was doing so well and that was the best part of his day.”

Maddie shot a 75 on Sunday finishing in a tie for fifth overall with a score of 211 for the three rounds in a field of more than 100 golfers. She had the best round of her career in the opening round by firing a 69 with four birdies and followed that up with a 67 in the second round, tied for the third lowest round in school history. Herzog had four more birdies in the second round, while adding a pair of eagles to sit in a tie for second with a 136.

Her 211 (-2) is the third-best 54-hole score in school history. She joins LPGA professional Amy Anderson as the only players in NDSU history with a round of 212 or better.

Anderson had rounds of 209 in 2013 and 210 in 2009.

“It was fun to play that well under the circumstances,” Herzog said. “My dad told me, ‘it’s going to click one day and you’re going to go low.’ I was like, “That’s never going to happen.”

It happened and complemented a 54-hole Bison school team record on Sunday, March 24, as the Bison finished in a tie for seventh at the Red Rocks Invitational in Cornville, Arizona.

“I just went out there and had fun, didn’t think too much about it,” said Herzog.

In the final round, the Bison shot a 286, which is the third best 18-hole score in school history After rounds of 285 and 301 on Saturday, the Bison finished with a school record score of 872 for the three rounds. New Mexico State won the team title with an 853.

Emma Groom tied for 21st, as she shot a 70 in the final round to finish with a 217. Groom had a team-best four birdies on the final day. Alexis Thomas tied for 30th with a 219, as she had three birdies on the final day with a 74.

Shooting a 70 on the final day, Taylor McCorkle finished in a tie for 35th with a 220 overall. McCorkle had three birdies in the final round. Sierra Bennion tied for 47th overall with a 223, as she had two birdies on her final round 72. Camryn Roadley rounded out the scoring for the Bison, as she tied for 69th with a 230. Roadley shot a 79 in the final round.

The Bison will head to the Wyoming Cowgirl Classic on April 8-9 as the final tune-up before the Summit League Championship.

Robert Williams

Sports Editor at the Detroit Lakes Tribune. Williams worked prior as the Sports Editor in Perham for the Focus, a Forum Communications newspaper, from 2010-14. 

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