Honors & Awards
Best Career Finish: T13th (2014 Rainbow Wahine Invite, 2014 Chip-N Club Invite)
The junior from Columbus, Neb., opened her fourth season at NU with a career-best 13th-place finish with a then-career-best 225 over three rounds at the Chip-N Club Invitational at Wilderness Ridge Golf Course, Sept. 8-9. Smejkal's strong performance included a then-career-best 73 in the final round.
She closed the fall with another tie for 13th at the Rainbow Wahine Invitational, Oct. 22-23. Smejkal's three-round score of 224 (71-75-78) was a career best and included a career-best one-under-par 71 in the opening round.
Her performance in Hawaii followed a tie for 26th with a 230 (82-72-76) at the Ron Moore Intercollegiate in Highlands Ranch, Colo., Oct. 10-12. Smejkal's second-round 72 was a career best at the time.
Smejkal, who joined Jordan Chael and Cassie Deeg in the Husker lineup for each of Nebraska's first eight events in 2014-15, finished fourth on the team with a 77.04 stroke average in 2014-15. It represented a 2.37 stroke per round improvement over her sophomore season. She has lowered her career stroke average to 79.37 over 71 rounds.
However, Smejkal did not earn a lineup spot in NU's final event of the regular season at the SMU/Dallas Athletic Club Invitational or the 2015 Big Ten Championships.
Smejkal tied for 50th with a three-round score of 237 (84-78-75) at the Minnesota Invitational, Sept. 15-16. Smejkal's final-round 75 was NU's best round of the day. Smejkal added a tie for 71st with a 239 (76-77-86) at the GolfWeek Conference Challenge in Vail, Colo., Sept. 22-24.
Smejkal opened the spring by tying for 67th (74-80-74-228) at the Westbrook Invitational in Peoria, Ariz., Feb. 22-23. She added a tie for 68th (80-78-84-242) at the Clover Cup in Mesa, Ariz., March 13-15. She tied her season and career best with a 224 (77-75-72) to tie for 55th at the Mountain View Collegiate in Tucson, Ariz., March 20-21. Her final-round 72 was the second-best round of the season. She did not travel with the Huskers to the SMU/Dallas Athletic Club Invitational to end the regular season.
“It has been exciting to watch Morgan develop as a player. She has tremendous talent and when that ‘ah-ha’ moment comes, a huge breakthrough is going to follow,” Nebraska Coach Robin Krapfl said. “The swing is there, the length is there. The next step is the confidence to do it anytime, anywhere. We know it is going to happen.”
Smejkal added rounds of 78, 77 and 75 to finish in a tie for 55th with a 230 while playing as an individual at the Mountain View Collegiate in Mesa, Ariz., March 28-29. She earned a spot in NU’s top five at the SMU/Dallas Athletic Club Invite, April 4-6, finishing fourth among the Huskers in a tie for 73rd (89-83-162).
She earned another lineup spot at the Ohio State Spring Invitational, April 19-20, finishing in a tie for 60th (83-81-82-246). Smejkal claimed a spot in NU’s six-player lineup for the Big Ten Championships in French Lick, Ind., April 25-27. She was NU’s No. 4 finisher, tying for 55th (75-84-81-240) in a 72-player field. Her opening-round 75 put her in the top 10 heading into the second round.
Smejkal finished with a 79.41 stroke average, which marked a 2.15 stroke per round improvement over 2012-13. She opened 2013-14 in NU’s lineup at the Chip-N Club Invite, tying for 61st with a 251 (85-83-83), as the Huskers won the team title.
Smejkal earned a second lineup spot at the Hoosier Fall Invite in Greenwood, Ind., Oct. 19-20. She tied for 62nd in a 96-player field at 234 (79-80-75). Her final-round 75 on the par-71, 6,062-yard layout at Hickory Stick Golf Club was Nebraska’s best individual score of the third round. She closed the fall with a third lineup appearance at the wind-shortened Las Vegas Collegiate Showdown, Oct. 27-29. Smejkal tied for 78th (82-76-158).
Redshirt Freshman (2012-13)
Smejkal notched a career-best tie for 21st (80-77-80-237) in her collegiate debut at the Chip-N Club Invitational at the Country Club of Lincoln, Sept. 10-11. She tied teammate Steffi Neisen for the No. 2 finish among the Huskers.
Smejkal competed in the lineup at each of NU’s five fall tournaments, posting an 81.00 stroke average. She produced a season-best 232 (79-76-77) at the Price’s “Give ‘Em Five” Invite in Las Cruces, N.M., Oct. 8-10, including a season-best 76.
She settled for 89th at the GolfWeek Conference Challenge in Wolcott, Colo., Sept. 24-26. Playing in a loaded 18-team field that included nine teams ranked in the nation’s top 50, Smejkal carded a 256 (84-89-83). She added a 244 (81-84-79) to tie for 49th at the Missouri State/Payne Stewart Memorial in Springfield, Mo., Oct. 15-16. She closed the fall with a tie for 74th at the Alamo Invitational, Oct. 28-30. Smejkal matched her best round of the season with an opening-round 76 in San Antonio, before adding rounds of 84 and 86 to close at 246.
Smejkal opened the spring by finishing 82nd (83-93-81-257) at the Lady Puerto Rico Classic, Feb. 10-12. She followed with a tie for 61st (82-79-76-237) at the Westbrook Invite in Peoria, Ariz., Feb. 24-25. Her final-round 76 tied her season best. She tied for 86th (81-86-79-246) at the Clover Cup in Mesa, Ariz., March 9-10, before shooting an 84 in a dual at Kansas March 20.
In addition to her success in high school golf for Coach Anne Robertson, Smejkal was also a member of the Nebraska Junior Golf All-Star Team in 2009 and 2010, and she was a member of the Nebraska Four State Team in 2010 and 2011.
Along with earning four letters in golf, Smejkal was a standout for the Columbus High School girls basketball team. As a junior in 2009-10, Smejkal earned all-state and All-Greater Nebraska Athletic Conference honors. She also holds the Discoverers record for most three-pointers made in a season. Smejkal is also a first degree black belt in Taekwondo.
A member of the National Honor Society, Smejkal was an honor roll student and two-time academic all-conference golfer. She added academic all-conference honors in basketball in 2010.
Smejkal tied for second at the 2012 Nebraska Women’s Amateur Stroke Play Championship at the Oakland Golf Club, and won the Nebraska State Women’s Match Play title in 2013.
In addition to her success in the classroom, Smejkal has been a standout in the community, earning a prestigious Nebraska Student-Athlete HERO Leadership Award in 2014. She was also a two-time member of the Tom Osborne Citizenship Team in 2014 and 2015. She was the 2014 recipient of the Beatrice Dierks Rohman Memorial Scholarship.
Smejkal chose Nebraska over Wichita State, South Dakota State, Creighton, Miami and South Dakota.
Smejkal's Career Statistics