Incoming Hawkeye Takes 1st at Midwest Junior Championship

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IOWA CITY, Iowa — University of Iowa women’s golf signee Stephanie Herzog earned first-place honors at the Midwest Junior Championship on Tuesday at the Finkbine Golf Course with a three-round score of 224 (+8).

34529“Stephanie had three solid rounds and had some very good players chasing after her by the last day,” said UI head coach Megan Menzel. “She battled through some tough swings on the last day and finished strong.

“The Midwest Junior Championship, thanks to Hawkeye Golf alum Kevin Johnson, has become a strong event and is a great opportunity for our incoming players to spend some quality time on their home course.”

The incoming freshman led the tournament on Monday with a 74 (+2) in the first round and a one-above-par 73 in the second. She registered 28 holes at par and fired five birdies throughout the first 36 holes.

The Red Wing, Minnesota, native kept her lead on Tuesday by carding a 77 (+5) in the final round. Her third round was highlighted by three birdies on holes nine, 11, and 12.

“I played really well the first two rounds, and the last round was more of a struggle. However, I kept myself focused and didn’t give up,” said Herzog.

“It was great winning at Finkbine and was good experience to play there this week. It gave me some confidence knowing I can play well there. The course is in great shape, and I’m really excited to play it for the next four years.”

Incoming freshman Annalee Dannegger competed alongside Herzog at the Midwest Junior Championship, finishing 15th with a three-round total of 249 (+33). The Wheaton, Illinois, native carded rounds of 79 (+7), 85 (+13), and 85 (+13) with 25 holes at par and three birdies.