The Nebraska women’s golf team begins postseason play at the 2013 Big Ten Tournament in French Lick, Ind., April 26-28. The Huskers will take to the Donald Ross Course on the French Lick Resort with action set to begin at 8 a.m. (Central) on Friday and Saturday. The final round tees off Sunday at 7 a.m. (CT) Sunday. Admission to the event is free.
The tournament will be televised on a tape-delayed basis by the Big Ten Network on Wednesday, May 8 at 5 p.m.
The three-day, 54-hole event features all 12 Big Ten teams that will be challenged by a 6,121-yard, par-72 layout at the Ross Course. Defending champion Michigan State, which is ranked No. 25 in this week’s GolfWeek rankings, will battle to defend its crown against No. 9 Purdue, No. 24 Northwestern and No. 42 Ohio State, while No. 49 Penn State gives the Big Ten five teams ranked among the nation’s top 50. Other contenders in the field include No. 57 Indiana, No. 58 Wisconsin and No. 68 Minnesota, while No. 78 Iowa, No. 90 Michigan, No. 119 Illinois and No. 129 Nebraska round out a deep Big Ten Tournament field.
Freshman Cassie Deeg will lead the Huskers in the six-count-four scoring at the Big Ten Tournament. Deeg, a native of Hugo, Minn., owns a trio of top-20 finishes for the Huskers this season and ranks third on the year with a 77.85 stroke average. Deeg was NU’s top finisher at each of the Huskers’ final two regular-season tournaments, including the Clover Cup (T38th) and the SMU/Dallas Athletic Club Invitational (T38th).
Junior Katelyn Wright will occupy the No. 2 spot, after leading the Huskers with a 77.04 stroke average on the year. Fellow junior Steffi Neisen has added a 79.07 average on the season. Redshirt freshmen Jackie O’Doherty and Cassidy Stelzmiller, along with true freshman Hannah Luebke round out an extremely young NU lineup.
Live scoring for the tournament will be available at www.GolfStat.com.
Big Ten Tournament
Location: French Lick, Ind.
Course: Donald Ross Course
Start Times (All Times Central)
Friday, April 26 - 8 a.m. (18 holes)
Saturday, April 27 - 8 a.m. (18 holes)
Sunday, April 28 - 7 a.m. (18 holes)
Nebraska Lineup (6 count 4)
1. Cassie Deeg
2. Katelyn Wright
3. Steffi Neisen
4. Jackie O’Doherty
5. Cassidy Stelzmiller
6. Hannah Luebke
Big Ten Tournament Field (12 Teams)
Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Michigan State, Minnesota, Nebraska, Northwestern, Ohio State, Penn State, Purdue, Wisconsin
Live Scoring: www.golfstat.com
Deeg Leads Huskers at SMU/Dallas Athletic Club Invitational
The Nebraska women’s golf team put together its best round of the tournament with a 317 to finish 13th at the SMU/Dallas Athletic Club Invitational April 7.
Cassie Deeg produced a final-round 79 on the par-72, 6,359-yard layout of the Dallas Athletic Club. The true freshman from Hugo, Minn., tied for 38th in the 81-player field with a 54-hole total of 240. Deeg helped the Huskers to a three-round score of 982 (334-331-317) in the 15-team field in Texas.
Jackie O’Doherty fired NU’s best round of the tournament with a final-round 78. The redshirt freshman out of Lincoln East High School closed the three-day tournament at 251 in a tie for 62nd with junior teammate Steffi Neisen (89-82-80-251).
Katelyn Wright rounded out NU’s team score by joining Neisen with a final-round 80. Wright, a junior from Incline Village, Nev., tied for 52nd individually at 245.
Freshman Hannah Luebke settled for a final-round 89 to close the tournament in 73rd (262). Redshirt freshman Cassidy Stelzmiller managed an 82 to tie for 74th (264) while playing as an individual outside Nebraska’s lineup.
Oklahoma State captured the team title with a three-round total of 896. The Cowgirls finished five shots up on Oklahoma (901).
Ohio State used a final-round 300 to climb into third at 906, while Denver finished fourth at 911 after a 307 on the tournament’s final day.
Oklahoma State’s Julie Yang cruised to medalist honors with a three-round score of 210 (70-68-72). OU’s Chirapat Jao-Javanil finished second at 217 (69-77-71).
Young Huskers Shine in Classroom
The Nebraska women’s golf team produced one of NU’s highest team grade-point averages of 2012, finishing fourth in the annual Herman Award standings. The Herman Award is presented annually to the Husker team with top combined GPA. The women’s golf program produced a 3.456 GPA during the fall 2012 semester as all nine members of the team produced better than a 3.0 GPA.
For their efforts in the classroom, Steffi Neisen, Katelyn Wright, Cassie Deeg, Jackie O’Doherty, Cassidy Stelzmiller, Morgan Smejkal, Hannah Luebke, Abbie Hunke and Yoorim Kang all earned spots on the Nebraska Scholar-Athlete Honor Roll.
Former Husker Sheils Earns Cactus Tour Win
Madeleine Sheils captured a tournament title in her first event as a professional golfer, winning the season-opening event at Club West on the Cactus Tour on Wednesday, Jan. 30. The native of Boise, Idaho, fired three straight even-par rounds of 72 on the 6,077-yard layout at Club West to finish the 54-hole event at 216.
Sheils entered the final round in third place at 144, two shots back of Caitlin McCleary and one stroke behind Sadena Parks in a 23-player field. Sheils closed the tournament with a one-stroke victory over Parks, who managed a two-over 74 in the final round to take runner-up honors.
Sheils graduated from Nebraska in December of 2012, after competing as one of the top Huskers on the course for four seasons from 2009 through 2012. Prior to graduation she earned a spot in the final stage of qualifying at LPGA Q-School. She bypassed the final stage to graduate, but did secure her Symetra Tour card.
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 competed in all 28 rounds this season and owns a team-best 77.04 stroke average.
Neisen, Wright 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., has played in 93 consecutive rounds in the NU lineup. 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 time.
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.
Redshirt Freshmen Make Lineup Appearances in 2012-13
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, 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."
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 top-20 tournament 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 earning a chance to contribute late in the season 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. Luebke was limited during the fall by a back injury.
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 302 CoSIDA Academic All-Americans across all teams and all sports. NU also led the nation with 16 NCAA Top Eight Award winners.