Huskers Close Fall at Alamo
The Nebraska women's golf team closes its 2012 fall season at the Alamo Invitational in San Antonio, Texas, Oct. 28-30.
The Huskers play three rounds over three days on the par-72, 6,428-yard layout of the Briggs Ranch Golf Course. Nebraska's five-player lineup will take on a talented 15-team field in San Antonio, including former Big 12 Conference brethren Baylor, Colorado, Oklahoma and Texas A&M. Louisville, Kentucky, LSU, Tennessee, East Carolina, Tulane, SMU, Texas State, North Texas and the hosts from UTSA round out the field.
The tournament will tee off on Sunday with 18 holes beginning at 11 a.m., before playing Monday's second round at 8:30 a.m. Tuesday's final round begins with a shotgun start at 8:30 a.m.
Katelyn Wright leads the Husker lineup. The junior from Incline Village, Nev., heads to Texas following back-to-back top-five finishes at the Price's "Give 'Em Five" Invitational and the Missouri State/Payne Stewart Memorial. Wright has produced four straight top-20 finishes to open the season and owns NU's best stroke average (74.50).
Cassie Deeg has added three consecutive top-20 showings, including a 10th-place finish at the Missouri State/Payne Stewart Memorial. The true freshman from Hugo, Minn., ranks second among the Huskers with a 76.08 stroke average.
Junior Steffi Neisen hopes to close the fall with a strong showing. The native of New Prague, Minn., carries a 79.25 stroke average. Redshirt freshmen Morgan Smejkal (Columbus, Neb.) and Jackie O'Doherty (Lincoln, Neb.) round out the Husker lineup at the Alamo Invitational
Live scoring for the tournament will be available at GolfStat.com.
Location: San Antonio, Texas
Course: Briggs Ranch Golf Course (Par 72 / 6,428 Yards)
Start Times (All Times Central)
Sunday, Oct. 28 11 a.m. (18 holes)
Monday, Oct. 29 8:30 a.m. (18 holes)
Tuesday, Oct. 30 8:30 a.m. (18 holes)
1. Katelyn Wright
2. Cassie Deeg
3. Steffi Neisen
4. Morgan Smejkal
5. Jackie O'Doherty
Alamo Invitational (15 Teams)
Baylor, Colorado, East Carolina, Kentucky, Louisville, LSU, Nebraska, North Texas, Oklahoma, SMU, Tennessee, Texas A&M, Texas State, Tulane, UTSA
Live Scoring: www.golfstat.com
Wright Earns Second Straight Top Five Finish at Missouri State
Katelyn Wright posted her second straight top-five finish and Cassie Deeg added the first top-10 finish of her career to lead Nebraska to a sixth-place finish at the Missouri State/Payne Stewart Memorial, Oct. 15-16.
Wright, a junior from Incline Village, Nev., tied for fourth in the 93-player field with a three-round total of 224 (74-74-76).
It marked the second consecutive top-five finish for Wright, who produced a career-best tie for third last week at the Price's "Give 'Em Five" Invitational in Las Cruces, N.M.
Deeg, a true freshman from Hugo, Minn., registered her third straight top-20 finish and the first top-10 showing of her career by finishing in 10th place at 227 (75-74-78).
Redshirt freshman Jackie O'Doherty (Lincoln, Neb.) tied for 41st with a three-round score of 241. Fellow redshirt freshman Morgan Smejkal (Columbus, Neb.) tied for 49th overall at 244 (81-84-79).
Junior Steffi Neisen (New Prague, Minn.) closed her tournament in 45th place at 242 (79-83-80). True freshman Hannah Luebke (Stuttgart, Germany) added a tie for 41st at 241 (80-81-80) while playing as an individual outside Nebraska's lineup. Redshirt freshman Cassidy Stelzmiller (Placerville, Calif.) tied for 46th at 243 (80-81-82) while also playing as an individual.
As a team, Nebraska closed the tournament in sixth place at 933 (308-314-311). UALR won the 15-team tournament with an 895, while the hosts from Missouri State finished two shots back at 897. Oral Roberts took third at 909, while Wichita State finished fourth at 920 and Oklahoma City University took fifth at 925.
UALR's Emelie Westrup captured medalist honors with a 218, while Missouri State's Emma Clegg finished second at 219, just one stroke back of Westrup. MSU's Lindsey Eisenreich added a third-place showing at 223.
Wright Named Big Ten Golfer of the Week
After producing the best tournament performance of her career, Nebraska's Katelyn Wright captured her first Big Ten Golfer-of-the-Week award on Oct. 11.
The junior from Incline Village, Nev., carded a career-best 217 over three rounds on her way to a career-best tie for third at the Price's "Give 'Em Five" Invitational in Las Cruces, N.M., Oct. 8-10.
Wright opened the tournament by matching her career best with a 71 on the par-72, 6,319-yard layout of the New Mexico State Golf Course on Oct. 8. She added a second-round 74 on Oct. 9, before closing the tournament with an even-par 72 in the final round to finish at one-over-par for 54 holes. Her tie for third in a 76-player field marked her first career top-five finish.
Wright, who is in her third year in the Nebraska lineup, has shot 76 or better in 11 of her 12 rounds this season.
Neisen, Wright Expected to Lead Huskers in 2012-13
The Nebraska women's golf team is one of the youngest in the Big Ten and the nation in 2012-13. Returning starters Steffi Neisen and Katelyn Wright lead a nine-player Husker roster that is without any seniors. The remainder of the roster consists of seven freshmen, including four true freshmen and a trio of redshirts.
"This year looks to be a rebuilding year on paper, with only two returning starters and no other players with collegiate experience," Nebraska Coach Robin Krapfl said. "But the potential is there for us to become a pretty good team. Steffi and Katelyn will need to provide strong leadership on and off the golf course to help our young team grow and develop."
Neisen has plenty of experience to draw upon as she assumes the role of a leader. The junior from New Prague, Minn., was in the NU lineup for 65 consecutive rounds in her first two seasons. She completed her sophomore season with Nebraska's No. 2 stroke average (76.67) in 2011-12. Her year included a school-record round of 66 at the Mountain View Collegiate on March 23. She notched three top-10 tournament finishes on the year, including a tie for second at the Alamo Invitational, Oct. 30-Nov. 1, when she fired a career-best 214 over three rounds. She closed her second year in Nebraska's starting lineup by tying for 25th at the 2012 Big Ten Championships.
A standout in the classroom and in the community, Neisen was honored as a Big Ten Sportsmanship Award recipient, while also earning academic All-Big Ten honors. She also captured NGCA Scholastic All-America recognition for the second straight year.
Wright was also in the starting lineup throughout the 2011-12 campaign. The junior from Incline Village, Nev., competed in all 33 rounds for the Huskers and continued to shave strokes off her game as the season progressed. She started slow and battled some health issues in the fall, but came on strong in the spring. In one three-tournament stretch, Wright averaged 75.77, including a career-best 218 at the Westbrook Invitational in Peoria, Ariz.
"I'm really excited to see what Katelyn will do this year. She has the ability to not only be our most improved player, but also one of the most improved in the Big Ten," Krapfl said. "When you take a multi-sport athlete like Katie was, it takes a couple of years to catch up with those players who only played golf. But when that athlete breaks out, great things can happen. With Katie's work ethic, she has put in the time it takes and is ready to break out."
Redshirt Freshmen Making Impact in Second Seasons
Second-year Huskers Jackie O'Doherty, Morgan Smejkal and Cassidy Stelzmiller all redshirted in their first seasons in Nebraska's program in 2011-12.
O'Doherty and Smejkal have competed in Nebraska's top five at each of the Huskers' first four tournaments this fall, while Stelzmiller has played as an individual outside NU's lineups three times this season.
O'Doherty, a two-time Nebraska Class A state champion at Lincoln East High School, was a three-time Class A all-state pick in golf. She was also a member of the 2011 Four State Team and the 2010 Nebraska Junior Golf All-Star Team. She was also a competitive swimmer and posted better than a 4.0 GPA at Lincoln East.
"Jackie is a a great student with a wonderful personality and a good work ethic. She has good length, a solid golf swing and possesses a strong competitive side," Krapfl said. "She is coming off a hand injury that had her sidelined much of the summer, but it may be a blessing in disguise because she was forced to only work on her short game. It is going to be a battle between the freshmen to see who emerges into a prominent role in the lineup, but I would not be surprised if Jackie captures one of those spots."
Smejkal, a Columbus, Neb., native, was a two-time Class A all-state selection and produced a pair of top-five finishes at the state tournament. She was also a member of the Nebraska Junior Golf All-Star Team in 2009 and 2010, and she was a member of the 2010 and 2011 Nebraska Four State Team. She was also an outstanding basketball player who set Columbus High's three-point record.
"Morgan was recruited as an athlete with potential to develop into a college-level golfer, and she has embraced that goal," Krapfl said. "We have had quite a few hard-working athletes in my tenure, and Morgan's work ethic is right up there with the best. You've got to love a kid who gives it her all in everything she does. Not only that, she has also embraced what being a great teammate is all about. Morgan has good length, is meticulous in her thought process and hates to lose. As soon as she can get away from thinking too much and just play, she could develop into one heck of a player."
Stelzmiller was a highly regarded recruit from Placerville, Calif., who had success as a junior player competing in several major events, including the Women's Trans.
"We headed into last season thinking Cassidy could help us right away, and even though I think she could have, I'm glad she elected to take the year off and develop her game. It is exciting to think of how far she can progress in the next four years," Krapfl said. "She has excellent length and a great touch on the greens. With a year of maturity, we are hoping for big things from Cassidy."
Deeg Leads Four True Freshmen on NU Roster
The final ingredients to Nebraska's 2012-13 team come from four true freshmen, including two international players. The freshmen will all be given an opportunity to compete for positions in the lineup.
Cassie Deeg has made an immediate impact. The Hugo, Minn., native owns three straight top-20 finishes, including a 10th-place showing at the Missouri State/Payne Stewart Memorial, Oct. 15-16.
Deeg captured the 2011 Minnesota state title while helping Stillwater Area High School to runner-up team finishes in both 2011 and 2012. She added a third-place individual Class 3A finish in 2012, and was also the Minnesota Women's Match Play runner-up.
Another true freshman with an excellent chance to contribute early is Hannah Luebke. One of the top young golfers in Germany, Luebke became the first European player to sign with the Huskers since Catha Fogelberg (Sweden) in 1997-98. A native of Stuttgart, Luebke is the second German to join the Huskers in history, following in the footsteps of Shirin Hornecker (Munich), who played for Nebraska from 1996 to 1998.
Luebke finished second in the BWGW International Match Play and third at the German Youth National Championships. At 6-foot-1, Luebke was also an All-German performer as a middle blocker/outside hitter on the volleyball court in both 2009 and 2010.
Huskers Continue to Set the Pace in the Classroom
Nebraska leads the nation with 61 NGCA Scholastic All-Americans since 1989, including two in 2012. Madeleine Sheils capped her outstanding career on and off the course as the fourth four-time NGCA Scholastic All-America award winner in Husker history. Sheils joined Jackie Beste, Allison Stewart and JC Stevenson as four-time Husker NGCA Scholastic All-Americans.
Sheils was joined on the 2012 NGCA Scholastic All-America squad for the second straight year by Steffi Neisen. The junior from New Prague, Minn., takes aim at her third straight award in 2013.
Overall, Nebraska owns one of the richest academic traditions in all of collegiate sports with a nation-leading 299 CoSIDA Academic All-Americans across all teams and all sports. NU also led the nation with 16 NCAA Top Eight Award winners.