Honors & Awards
Minnesota Class 2A Runner-Up (2018)
Three-Time Minnesota All-State (2015, 2017, 2018)
Four-Time All-Big 9 Conference
Minnesota Section Girls Junior PGA Champion (2017)
A three-time All-Minnesota selection, Leah Herzog continues a strong connection in women’s golf between Nebraska and the Land of 10,000 Lakes. The four-time All-Big 9 Conference selection was ranked No. 136 by Junior Golf Scorecard for the Class of 2019.
“Leah is going to come in and immediately make our team better,” Krapfl said. “She has had an outstanding junior career, but we feel she has only brushed the surface of what she is capable of. Leah has been well-coached, has solid fundamentals and understands how to score, all traits that will lead to an outstanding career.”
In June of 2018, Herzog finished as the Class 2A individual state runner-up with a seven-under-par 137 over two rounds, including an opening-round six-under-par 66. One month earlier, Herzog set the Jewel Course record with a six-under-par 65 to claim medalist honors at the Jewel Invite. She finished her junior season of high school with a stroke average of 72, and she owns six career rounds in the 60s.
As a sophomore in 2017, Herzog finished seventh individually at state with a two-round total of 152. She finished 23rd at the high school state championship as a freshman in 2016, after taking 17th individually as an eighth-grader in 2015.
Herzog has helped her Red Wing High School to five consecutive top-three team finishes at the Minnesota state championships. In 2015, she helped the Wingers to the state championship. Red Wing added a state runner-up finish in Class 3A in 2017, and finished third at state in 2014, 2016 and 2018.
Herzog was also the 2017 Minnesota Section Girls Junior PGA Championship winner.
The Nebraska women’s golf team has regularly featured Minnesota golfers in its lineup for the better part of two decades, since Jackie Beste (Sauk Centre, 2003-06) joined the Huskers. She was followed by Chrissie McArdle (Eden Prairie, 2004-07), Steffi Neisen (New Prague, 2011-14) and Cassie Deeg (Hugo, 2013-16), who all played at the top of the Nebraska lineup before current Husker junior Kate Smith (Detroit Lakes, 2017-present) took the torch. The 2018-19 season marks the ninth consecutive year that Nebraska has had a Minnesotan in its starting lineup. Those five Minnesota golfers have combined to earn 12 academic all-conference honors, eight WGCA Scholastic All-America awards and five Big Ten Sportsmanship awards as Huskers.
The daughter of Mark and Pam Herzog, Leah has two older brothers, Patrick and Jordan, and two older sisters, Brittany and Stephanie. Stephanie is a sophomore golfer at Iowa this season. Her father, Mark, is Red Wing’s head golf coach and Leah spends her summers playing, working at the golf course in Red Wing and teaching junior golfers.
Herzog, who plans to major in management through the College of Business at Nebraska.
“I felt comfortable with Nebraska’s academics and the women’s golf team,” Herzog said.