Herzog and Deziel third at MGA Mixed Am
Maddie Herzog and Nate Deziel finish third; Shelby Busker and Wyatt Blomseth place 10th.
Entering Wednesday’s final round of the 31st Minnesota Golf Association Mixed Amateur Team Championship with a one-stroke lead, the pairing of Emma Welch (Xavier, Lakeville) and Jack Johnson (NDSU, Chaska) posted a bogey-free 8-under 64 to cruise to a four-stroke victory at Pebble Creek Golf Club in Becker.
NDSU teammates Nate Deziel (East Grand Forks) and Maddie Herzog (Detroit Lakes) combined for a 5-under 67 Wednesday to finish in third place at 12-under 132.
Tuesday was a standard four-ball format; Wednesday’s final round was played as a Modified Chapman (Both players on a team hit tee shots, and then play second shots using their partner's tee shot location).
Welch and Johnson opened the championship with a one-stroke lead over 2019 champions Sophia Yoemans (Missouri, Lake City) and Trey Fessler (U of Tampa, Hanover) by carding a 9-under 63 Tuesday and followed it up with a flawless final round, helped by a string of birdies early on the back nine to cruise to a wire-to-wire victory.
Yoemans and Fessler began the final round one shot off the lead and scattered three birdies over their opening nine to turn in 11-under. The two rolled in birdies at the 12th and 14th, but a bogey at the 15th proved costly as the two mustered one final birdie over their final three holes to finish second at 13-under 131.
Herzog and Deziel bogeyed their opening hole Tuesday, but recorded four birdies over the front nine to turn at 3-under. Another four birdies during the inward nine put them into the clubhouse in third place, two shots back.
The duo improved on a fifth-place finish from a year ago where they posted back-to-back rounds of 4-under 68, four shots off the lead.
Former Lakers Shelby Busker (IUPUI) and Wyatt Blomseth (M State)tied for 10th place at 8-under 136.
The Perham sibling pairing of Mallory and Marcus Belka finished in a tie for 21st place at +2.
MGA Mixed Amateur Team Championship
Pebble Creek Golf Club, Becker, June 29-30.
Championship Division Cumulative
Top 10 of 30 teams
1 Emma Welch + Jack Johnson -17 (63-64 127)
Bracketts Crossing C.C., Chaska Town Course
2 Sophia Yoemans + Trey Fessler -13 (64-67 131)
Mississippi Natl Golf Links, Sundance Golf Course
3 Maddie Herzog + Nate Deziel -12 (65-67 132)
Detroit Country Club, Valley Golf Course
T4 Emily Katnis + Shane Kvidera Rum River Hills GC -10 (68-66 134)
T4 Catherine Monty + Gavin Cronkhite -10 (66-68 134)
White Bear Yacht Club, Legends Club
T6 Alayna Eldred + Daryl Schomer -9 (67-68 135)
Alexandria Golf Club, Wapicada Golf Club
T6 Caleb VanArragon + Kathryn VanArragon -9 (67-68 135)
MN Youth on Course, Bunker Hills Golf Club
T6 Justin Burleson + Olivia Herrick -9 (68-67 135)
Dellwood Country Club, Mendakota Country Club
T6 Alex Schmitz + Taylor Ledwein -9 (71-64 135)
New Prague Golf Club, Faribault Golf Club
10 Shelby Busker + Wyatt Blomseth Detroit Country Club -8 (67-69 136)
T21 Mallory Belka + Marcus Belka Perham Lakeside Golf Club +2 (72-74 146)
(The Minnesota Golf Association contributed to this story)
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