Crimson Wing’s Yoemans wins Women’s State Am in spectacular style

The Purple Wing native and former 3-time Minnesota superior university girls golf point out medalist was in a struggle for the guide at the Minnesota Golf Association’s Women’s State Newbie Championship for all three rounds — and then some.

Yoemans trailed New Prague indigenous Taylor Ledwein by a person shot going to the 18th gap of Wednesday’s ultimate round at Island See Golfing Club.

Being aware of she probably necessary a birdie to pressure a playoff, Yoemans’ method shot on the 18th spun back just off the front edge of the environmentally friendly. Her best alternative was to make a run at the gap with a chip shot, which she did, and she drained it, forcing a playoff with Ledwein.

Both equally players parred the initially playoff hole and their tactic pictures located the again edge of the green on the second playoff gap. From their, Yoemans two-putted for par and her initially-ever victory in the Point out Am. She finished the 54-hole tournament at 4-less than par all round.

Sophia Yoemans

Sophia Yoemans

“I’ve been up there a number of periods and this 1 suggests a large amount,” Yoemans explained to “This is the greatest tournament a faculty player or newbie participant can engage in in throughout the summer time. I’ve been so shut the past 4 yrs, so it feels fantastic.

“It was a fight, too. Fantastic match with Taylor all 7 days and it was a lot of enjoyment.”

Yoemans added to a thriving summer time for golfers from Crimson Wing. Cecil Belisle, a former boys high faculty condition medalist for the Wingers superior university staff, won the NJCAA Division II nationwide championship in May perhaps, then received the Minnesota Condition Open on July 15.

Yoemans, who will be a junior at the University of Missouri this drop, has now won 10 match titles in her household condition. She broke onto the state-wide scene in 2017, when she captured the very first of her a few condition large faculty championships. She also gained the major two junior tournaments in the state that yr — the Minnesota Women Junior PGA Championship and the Minnesota State Girls Junior Championship — as properly as the Resorters.

In 2018, Yoemans gained her second significant college condition title and defended her Minnesota Women Junior PGA Championship. A 12 months later on, she capped her superior college career with a report-setting functionality at the Course AA point out fulfill, becoming the to start with high faculty golfer in condition record to crack 130 for two rounds at a condition satisfy, when she shot 63-66—129 at the Ridges at Sand Creek in Jordan. That summer time she teamed with Trey Fessler to acquire the MGA Combined Novice Team Championship.

Wednesday, she extra another prestigious championship to her at any time-expanding record, many thanks to a dramatic chip-in on the 18th hole, and a serene par on the second playoff gap.

“I had 102 yards to the pin and didn’t hit a good wedge,” Yoemans explained of her technique on the 18th Wednesday. “I was in the fringe by two ft and most likely could’ve putted it, but I imagined I had a improved probability chipping. My father informed me not to depart it short and I went for it.”

Yoemans was one particular shot back of Ledwein, who not long ago graduated from Bradley University, when they commenced the last round Wednesday and the two traded the guide numerous periods during the round.

“I was just hoping to arrive in participate in the exact same as I had all 7 days,” Yoemans said. “My ball-putting was absolutely the worst (Wednesday), so that did not assistance, I really do not know if that was fatigue or what, but way too quite a few off pictures.

“Encouraged by my putting due to the fact that is what I’ve been doing work on the most. It is what I struggled with most in higher education, so my coaches will be happy to hear I putted effectively for the entire tournament.”

Yoemans’ high faculty teammate at Pink Wing, Leah Herzog, concluded in a 3-way tie for fifth location at 9-more than-par, 225. Northfield’s Molly Stevens concluded in a tie for 10th (11-around, 227) Lake City’s Lexi Geolat and La Crescent native Anna Tollefson tied for 20th (15-around, 231) Crimson Wing’s Stephanie Herzog tied for 26th (18-about, 234) Lake City’s Ava Wallerich put 32nd (20-about, 236) and Lake Metropolis standout Jordana Windhorst-Knudsen — who will be just a high university sophomore this fall — tied for 46th (24-more than, 240).

The MGA Women’s Amateur Championship will be held in Rochester upcoming summer time, at the Rochester Golf and Region Club.

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