Sophia Yoemans shot a final round 1-over par 73 to finish even on the weekend and claim the Overall Champion and 15-18 Age Division Champion at the 2018 Minnesota Girls Junior PGA Championship at Minnewaska Golf Club in Glenwood, Minn. Yoemans’ two-day, even par score of 144 was more than enough to secure the victory and spot at the Junior PGA Championship being held at Kearney Hill Golf Links in Lexington, Ken. on July 9-12, 2018.
Yoemans, a Red Wing, Minnesota native and Mizzou golf commit, was the 2017 champion of the Minnesota Girls Junior PGA Championship prior to this weekend’s victory and will be joined by Nebraska golf commit and long-time Red Wing teammate, Leah Herzog (74-75-149) at the national competition.
Despite a shaky effort on the turn, Yoemans stated, “On 8, I had a good drive and then I put it in the hazard and took a double. I put it in the hazard again on 9 and took another double. Then, I missed a 2-foot putt on 10, so I didn’t have a very good streak there. I eventually came back and made a couple birdies on the back.” Those birdies would become a game-changer on Yoemans’ day where she would shoot 1-over par on the day to secure the title and a 71-73-144 even par weekend.
After securing the back-to-back title in this tournament, it is certain that all aspects of Yoemans’ game are coming together to which she credits to having the championship directly after being victorious at the Class 2A State High School Tournament.
This will be the second year in a row that the Red Wing teammates will play together at the Junior PGA Championship. Herzog commented on what this showing means for both her and Yoemans stating, “It was a grind out there all day for me and I really wanted to make it again this year, especially with my teammate, because it was a whole lot of fun last year. It is a cool thing for Red Wing to have two people go for the same sport, same event so it is really exciting,”
Yoemans followed by saying, “Last year was definitely the best tournament of the year so I am excited and since we are going to Kentucky we will have a long car trip there and will make the best out of it.”
It is no question that Yoemans and Herzog are no stranger to success at this level and will be ready to take the same mentality to the national tournament in Kentucky early next month.