Herzog Continues Rich Tradition at Nebraska
Lincoln - Nebraska Coach Robin Krapfl announced the signing of Leah Herzog to a National Letter of Intent on Wednesday, Nov. 14. Herzog will join the Husker women’s golf program as a freshman in 2018-19.
A three-time All-Minnesota selection, 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.
In 2018, Herzog was the Minnesota Class 2A individual 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.
Her family owns a strong background in golf, as her father Mark is the coach of the Red Wing High School program, which has finished in the top three in the state in each of Leah’s first five years on the team. Leah’s sister, Stephanie, is also a current sophomore on the Iowa women’s golf team.
Krapfl said Leah Herzog has the ability to make an immediate impact for the Huskers in 2018-19.
“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.”
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.
“Leah continues a long line of great Minnesota golfers who have chosen to golf for the University of Nebraska,” Krapfl said. “The best thing about Leah though is that she is also a good student and an even better person, someone we can’t wait to have represent the University of Nebraska.”
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. “I also really liked Coach Krapfl.”
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