Last summer, Leah Herzog played in the final round of the Women’s Regular Championship Division but came up short. What made that title match unique was her opponent. She went up against her sister, Stephanie. After losing 4-3, the University of Nebraska sophomore is back in the same position. This time, her opponent is her cousin, Madison Herzog.
“It's fun to play with family,” Leah said. “Everybody is out there watching and cheering everybody on. It was the same when I played my sister last year so it should be a fun day tomorrow.”
L. Herzog def. Woodhull, 7-6
What made Friday’s round so impressive for Leah was she never lost a hole. She dominated from start to finish by winning Nos. 1, 2, 4, 5, 7, 10 and 12 on her way to beating Amanda Woodhull 7-6. Leah had two birdies in 12 holes. She was 2-over on the day.
On Saturday, all eyes will be on Leah once again. After playing under that spotlight for a year, she knows what it’s like to have the gallery watching.
“I think it’s fun having all of the people around,” Leah said. “I’ll get to the course and warm up like I usually do. I just want to keep a clear mind and try to have fun tomorrow.”
M. Herzog def. Guggisberg, 6-5
Much like Leah, Madison was near-perfect in her semifinal match on Friday. She won five holes on the front nine including her birdies on Nos. 5 and 8. The only blemish was on the 10th hole when she could not match Alexis Guggisberg’s birdie.
Leah and Maddison will tee off at 12:15 p.m. from the first tee alongside the Women’s Executive Championship Division final. Madison is the third-ranked player in the tournament after shooting a 75 in the qualifying round. Leah shot a 78 and earned the fifth seed.
The Resorters is a weekend that Leah circles on her calendar. Not only does she enjoy the format, but she also likes having a good time with family and friends.
“I always look forward to coming here,” Leah said. “I love doing match play and this weekend is my last tournament of the summer so I try to make it a good one. I’ve had a great time and I’m hoping tomorrow is good too.”