Top 5 Girls Teams, Top 7 Individuals All in Field at Red Wing Invitational
May 6, 2018
For more than a decade, the strongest girls field of the Minnesota high school golf season has assembled each May for the Red Wing Invitational. The tradition will continue Tuesday at Mississippi National Golf Links, assuming the weather cooperates. Although it's generally advisable to take what meteorologists say two days in advance with a large grain of salt, the chances of rain on Tuesday are currently pegged at 25 percent.
As for the field, there is no uncertainty about that. It's easily the best of the season, significantly stronger than any of the fields at the state tournament, because that is broken up into three Classes: A, AA and AAA. The top five teams in the MGA Rankings -- No. 1 Edina (AAA), No. 2, Red Wing (AA), No. 3. Detroit Lakes (AA), No. 4. Lakeville North (AAA) and No. 5 Chanhassen (AAA) -- will all be at Mississippi National. So will the top seven girls in the individual rankings -- No. 1 Sophia Yoemans, Red Wing; No. 2. Leah Herzog, Red Wing; No. 3. Joanna Kim, Edina; No. 4. Megan Welch, Lakeville North; No. 5, Alayna Eldred, Osakis; No. 6. Isabella McCauley, Simley; No. 7. Maddie Herzog, Detroit Lakes.
Yoemans, the MGA Girls Junior Player of the Year in 2017, won what could be considered the Triple Crown of Minnesota junior golf. First, she tied Edina's Kim for the championship in the Class AAA portion of the state high school tournament (the Minnesota State High School League does not break ties in its golf tournaments). Four weeks later, Yoemans won the Girls Junior PGA Championship by four strokes over her teammate Herzog and Welch; and the following week she won the Minnesota State Junior Girls title by two strokes over Herzog.
Although they are only juniors, Yoemans and Herzog have already made their college choices. Yoemans will be headed for Missouri in the fall of 2019, and Herzog for Nebraska.
Last year, Edina won its third consecutive state Class AAA championship, which gave the Hornets a record 11 state titles in all. Red Wing was second. The Wingers have won five state championships, and been second five times. This year, they will be in Class AA, where they will challenge two-time defending champ Detroit Lakes. No team other than Detroit Lakes or Red Wing has won the AA crown since 2010.
This will be the only time this season that Edina, Red Wing and Detroit Lakes will all be in the same tournament.