Sophia Yoemans couldn’t take a full breath the entire week.
The Red Wing local and previous three-time Minnesota secondary school young ladies golf state medalist was in a fight for the lead at the Minnesota Golf Association’s Women’s State Amateur Championship for every one of the three rounds — to say the least.
Yoemans followed New Prague local Taylor Ledwein by a single shot going to the eighteenth opening of Wednesday’s last round at Island View Golf Club.
Realizing she probably required a birdie to compel a season finisher, Yoemans’ methodology shot on the eighteenth turned back off the front edge of the green. Her most ideal decision was to make a run at the opening with a chip shot, which she did, and she depleted it, constraining a season finisher with Ledwein.
The two players parred the principal season finisher opening and their methodology shots tracked down the back edge of the green on the subsequent season finisher opening. From their, Yoemans two-putted for standard and her first-historically speaking triumph in the State Am. She completed the 54-opening competition at 4-under standard in general.
I’ve been up there a couple of times and this one method a ton,” Yoemans told MNGolf.org. “This is the greatest competition a school player or novice player can play in throughout the late spring. I’ve been so close the previous four years, so it feels better.
“It was a fight, as well. Great match with Taylor the entire week and it was loads of fun.”
Yoemans added to a fruitful summer for golf players from Red Wing. Cecil Belisle, a previous young men secondary school state medalist for the Wingers secondary school group, won the NJCAA Division II public title in May, then, at that point won the Minnesota State Open on July 15.
Yoemans, who will be a lesser at the University of Missouri this fall, has now won 10 competition titles in her home state. She broke onto the state-wide scene in 2017, when she caught the first of her three state secondary school titles. She additionally won the main two junior competitions in the express that year — the Minnesota Girls Junior PGA Championship and the Minnesota State Girls Junior Championship — just as the Resorters.
In 2018, Yoemans won her subsequent secondary school state title and guarded her Minnesota Girls Junior PGA Championship. After a year, she covered her secondary school vocation with an exceptional presentation at the Class AA state meet, turning into the principal secondary school golf player in state history to break 130 for two rounds at a state meet, when she shot 63-66—129 at the Ridges at Sand Creek in Jordan. That late spring she collaborated with Trey Fessler to win the MGA Mixed Amateur Team Championship.
Wednesday, she added another renowned title to her consistently extending list, because of an emotional chip-in on the eighteenth opening, and a quiet standard on the subsequent season finisher opening.
“I had 102 yards to the pin and didn’t hit a decent wedge,” Yoemans said of her methodology on the eighteenth Wednesday. “I was in the periphery by two feet and presumably could’ve putted it, yet I thought I had a superior possibility chipping. My father advised me not to shortchange it and I pulled out all the stops.”
Yoemans was a single shot back of Ledwein, who as of late moved on from Bradley University, when they began the last round Wednesday and the two exchanged the lead a few times all through the round.
“I was simply expecting to come in play equivalent to I had the entire week,” Yoemans said. “My ball-striking was certainly the most exceedingly awful (Wednesday), so that didn’t help, I couldn’t say whether that was weakness for sure, however too many off shots.
“Empowered by my putting since that is what I’ve been really going after the most. It’s what I battled with most in school, so my mentors will be glad to hear I putted well for the whole competition.”
Yoemans’ secondary school colleague at Red Wing, Leah Herzog, completed in a three-way tie for fifth spot at 9-over-standard, 225. Northfield’s Molly Stevens completed in a tie for tenth (11-more than, 227); Lake City’s Lexi Geolat and La Crescent local Anna Tollefson tied for twentieth (15-more than, 231); Red Wing’s Stephanie Herzog tied for 26th (18-more than, 234); Lake City’s Ava Wallerich set 32nd (20-more than, 236); and Lake City champion Jordana Windhorst-Knudsen — who will be only a secondary school sophomore this fall — tied for 46th (24-more than, 240).
The MGA Women’s Amateur Championship will be held in Rochester the following summer, at the Rochester Golf and Country Club.