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Morgan Smejkal
Year: Junior
City/State: Columbus, Neb.
High School: Columbus
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Honors & Awards

  • Three Career Top-25 Finishes (2 in 2014-15)
  • Tied for 55th at Big Ten Championships (2014)
  • Nebraska Women’s Match Play Champion (2013)
  • Tied for Second at Nebraska Women’s Stroke Play (2012)
  • Academic All-Big Ten (2013, 2014) 
  • Nebraska Scholar-Athlete Honor Roll (Fall 2011, 2012, 2013; Spring, 2012, 2014)
  • Beatrice Dierks Rohman Memorial Scholarship (2014)
  • Nebraska Student-Athlete HERO Leadership Award (2014)
  • Tom Osborne Citizenship Team (2014)
  • Two-Time Nebraska Class A All-State (2009, 2010)
  • Two-Time Nebraska Junior Golf All-Star (2009, 2010)
  • Member of Nebraska Four State Team (2010, 2011)

Best Career Finish: T13th (2014 Rainbow Wahine Invite, 2014 Chip-N Club Invite)
Career Stroke Average: 79.69

Junior (2014-15)
Morgan Smejkal (pronounced SMAY-kal) had a breaktrhough fall campaign while providing leadership on and off the course for the young Huskers in 2014-15.

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 five fall events, ranks fourth on the team with a 77.00 stroke average in 2014-15. It represents a 2.41 stroke per round improvement over her sophomore season. She has lowered her career stroke average to 79.69 over 62 rounds.

She 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.

A standout off the course, Smejkal earned a prestigious Nebraska Student-Athlete HERO Leadership Award while adding academic All-Big Ten honors for the second straight 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.”

Sophomore (2013-14)
Smejkal earned early lineup spots, before notching a breakout effort to open the spring. She fired a season-best two-over-par 74 in the final round of the Westbrook Invite in Mesa, Ariz., Feb. 23-24. It capped a career-best 226, while she finished in a tie for 63rd as an individual outside the NU lineup.

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 was a regular in the Nebraska lineup through the first 25 rounds of 2012-13, finishing with NU’s No. 4 stroke average (81.56). She did not compete in NU’s regular-season finale at the SMU/Dallas Athletic Club Invite or the Big Ten Tournament.

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.

Redshirt (2011-12)
Smejkal redshirted in her first season at Nebraska. In the classroom, She earned spots on the Nebraska Scholar-Athlete Honor Roll in both the fall and spring semesters of 2011-12.

High School/Amateur
A two-time Class A All-State pick and a four-time state qualifier, Smejkal captured medalist honors at seven of her 11 tournaments before finishing fourth as an individual at the 2010 Class A state tournament in Norfolk. As a junior in 2009, she tied for fifth at the Class A state tournament. She produced the No. 2 and No. 5 season scoring averages in Columbus High School history, while setting the school record for best round with a 72.

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.

Personal
The daughter of Joel and Andrea Smejkal, Morgan was born Dec. 7, 1992, in Columbus. She has a younger brother, Parker. Morgan is a marketing and management major. She earned academic All-Big Ten honors in both 2013 and 2014, while claiming five spots on the Nebraska Scholar-Athlete Honor Roll.

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 an inaugural member of the Tom Osborne Citizenship Team in 2014. 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

  

Year

Rounds

Strokes

Avg.

Low 18

Low 54

2012-13 25 2,039 81.56 76 232
2013-14 22 1,747 79.41 74 226

2014-15

15

1,155

77.00

71

224

Totals

62

4,941

79.69

71

224