Neshanic Station, N.J. - Nebraska's Steffi Neisen followed a first-round 70 with a second-round 68 to finish in a tie for second in the stroke play portion of the 36th annual U.S. Women's Amateur Publinks Championships on Tuesday.
Neisen, a junior-to-be from New Prague, Minn., scorched the 6,221-yard, par-72 layout at Neshanic Valley Golf Course for a four-under-par 68 on Tuesday to qualify as one of the top seeds for the 64-player match-play portion of the tournament that starts on Wednesday.
Lisa McCloskey was the only golfer in the 156-player field to produce a better 36-hole score than Neisen. McCloskey, a first-team NGCA Division I All-American at USC in 2012, produced rounds of 70 and 67 to finish at seven-under-par to earn the top seed.
Neisen tied with Karen Chung (Livingston, N.J.), and finished one shot ahead of Lakareber Abe and Kelly Shon, who tied for fourth at 139. Neisen closed two strokes ahead of 2012 NGCA Division I All-Americans Kelsey Vines (Oklahoma State) and Emilie Burger (Georgia), who tied for sixth. No fewer than 12 NGCA Division I All-Americans competed in the stroke-play portion of the event.
Neisen will square off with Lea Garner of Washington Terrace, Utah, in Wednesday's opening round of match play at 10:36 a.m. (CT).
Fellow Husker junior-to-be Katelyn Wright also made the cut to advance into the 64-player match play field. Wright, a native of Incline Village, Nev., shot a 75 on Tuesday to close at 148 over two rounds. She made the cut by one stroke. Wright will face Burger in Wednesday's opening round of match play at 11:12 a.m.
Former Husker JC (Stevenson) Weaver from Grand Island, Neb., finished with rounds of 79 and 78 and did not make the cut.
The U.S. Women's Amateur Publinks Championships are scheduled to continue through June 23. Live results are available at usga.org.