Gothenburg, Neb. - Current Nebraska women's golfer Morgan Smejkal battled back from 3 down to force an extra hole to claim a 1 up win over former Husker Kayla Knopik in the championship of the Nebraska State Match Play.
Smejkal, a Columbus, Neb., native who will be a sophomore for the Huskers in 2013-14, trailed Knopik 3 down through 14 holes. Smejkal rallied to win holes 15, 16 and 17 and force an extra hole after both golfers sank clutch putts on 18 at Wild Horse Golf Club.
Smejkal captured her first Nebraska Women's Amateur Golf Association (NWAGA) Match Play crown by tapping in for par.
Smejkal opened the round of 16 in Match Play with a win after 11-time NWAGA Stroke Play champion Susan Marchese withdrew. In the quarterfinals, Smejkal defeated Makenna Kroeker 3 and 2, before defeating Sophie Peters 5 and 4 in the semifinals. Peters had moved to the semifinals with a 2 and 1 win over Husker redshirt freshman Abbie Hunke.
Hunke opened the round of 16 with a 2 up victory over Stephanie Kolbas.
Knopik, a Husker senior in 2011-12, came up just short of her second state women's Match Play title. She won her first Match Play crown in 2009. The Papillion, Neb., native won her second state Stroke Play championship earlier this summer in Valley, Neb. Knopik scorched the Pines Country Club Course with a 225, defeating runner-up Hunke by seven strokes (232).