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Herding and Arzdorf Named Minnesota PGA Junior Golf Association Players’ Tour Players of the Year

August 25, 2016

Abby Herding of Storden, MN and Brady Arzdorf of East Bethel, MN were named the 2016 Minnesota PGA Junior Golf Association Players’ Tour Players of the Year in the Girls’ and Boys’ divisions, respectively. Player of the Year honors are awarded to the girl and boy who accumulate the most points throughout the season during the Minnesota Junior PGA’s five Players’ Tour Series Events, Match Play Championship and final Tournament of Champions. The awards are given out to each player following the conclusion of the Tournament of Champions.

Arzdorf & Herding

Brady Arzdorf and Abby Herding hold their awards at the Players’ Tour Tournament of Champions

Herding, a Class of 2016 graduate from Westbrook-Walnut Grove High School, had an impressive summer winning two of the five Players’ Tour Series events and finished tied for second in the Tournament of Champions to end the season.

“The highlight of my season was definitely winning this award,” said Herding.  “It is very reassuring to know you played well at several summer tournaments instead of just a couple events, and I enjoy getting to compete against the top girl golfers in the state of Minnesota that I wouldn’t normally get to play against during the high school season.”

She finished the year with a total of 760 points to win this year’s award, good enough to edge Ashlyn Guggisberg of Glenwood, MN, who finished with 715 points. “This award gives me both confidence and a sense of accomplishment within my golf game,” she emphasized. “I am extremely happy to come out on top as the Player of the Year.”

Arzdorf, similar to Herding, was most deserving of Player of the Year honors after a stellar summer with a victory in one of the Players’ Tour Series events and no finish worse than tied for twelfth. He also finished tied for second in the Tournament of Champions.

“The thing I believe helped me improve the most this year was that hardly any college coach wanted to recruit me because I had a higher scoring average to start the season,” said Arzdorf, who will attend Augustana University in Sioux Falls, SD this fall. “I then used that feeling of rejection as motivation to try to improve my game. I’m grateful to coach Danny Sinksen at Augustana University for believing in me.”

Finishing the season with 693.33 points, Arzdorf beat out Brady Madsen of Raymond, MN by less than 40 points to claim this year’s honors. This was very important to him and his confidence, “winning this award means a lot to me because there are a lot of other great golfers in the Minnesota PGA Junior Golf Association that made it a competitive season,” he said. “It also showed me that it’s never too late to change paths and that you may struggle at first, but with hard work and determination you can be successful in it.”

Congratulations to Abby and Brady on their accomplishments this season.

The Minnesota Section PGA consists of PGA Professionals who are experts in the game and business of golf. Our mission is to promote the enjoyment and involvement of the game of golf and to contribute to its growth by providing services to golf professionals, the golf industry, people who play golf or would like to start playing golf. PGA Section Offices oversee the 41 geographic regions throughout the United States and provide the grass-roots network for the nation’s 25 million amateur golfers and with the PGA’s 27,000 members.

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