Minneapolis - The Nebraska women's golf team will contend for its second straight tournament title when the Huskers play the final round at the Minnesota Invitational on Tuesday.
Nebraska, which won its season-opening Chip-N Club Invitational last week, managed rounds of 303 and 312 to enter Tuesday's final 18 holes in a tie for fourth in a 12-team field in Minnesota. The Huskers' two-round total of 615 matched Texas State in fourth place. NU is just seven strokes back of the second-place hosts from Minnesota and Kent State, which both closed the day at 608.
Big Ten counterpart Illinois heads into the final round with a five-stroke lead over the Golden Gophers and Golden Flashes, while the Big Red sit 12 strokes back of the Fighting Illini.
True freshman Jordan Chael led Nebraska on Monday, producing a seven-over-par 151 (75-76) on the 6,119-yard layout at the Minikahda Club. Chael, a native of Overland Park, Kan., takes aim at her second straight top-10 finish to open her career, after taking ninth at the Chip-N Club Invitational.
Steffi Neisen is also in position for her second consecutive top-10 performance. The senior from New Prague, Minn., enters the final round tied for eighth at 152, just one stroke back of Chael after producing back-to-back rounds of 76 in her home state. Neisen earned a runner-up finish in the Chip-N Club Invitational last week at Wilderness Ridge.
Husker Katelyn Wright is also in contention for another top-10 finish. The senior from Incline Village, Nev., finished the opening 36 holes in a tie for 13th, just one shot back of Neisen. Wright managed rounds of 76 and 77 to close the day at 153. She opened the season with a tie for fifth at the Chip-N Club Invite.
Sophomore Cassie Deeg, who is coming off her first career title at the Chip-N Club, faltered in the second round with an 83, after carding a solid 76 to open the day. The Hugo, Minn., enters the final round at 159 in a tie for 37th.
Sophomore Cassidy Stelzmiller rounded out the NU contingent in a tie for 59th at 169 (84-85).
Kent State's Jennifer Ha moves into the final 18 holes atop the individual leaderboard at three-over-par 147. Ha fired a second-round 71 to take a one-stroke lead over Stephanie Miller (76-72-148) from Illinois. Miller's teammate Ember Schuldt is alone in third at 149, while Emily Joers (Illinois) and Sirene Blair (San Diego State) are tied for fifth at 150, just one shot ahead of NU's Chael.
Tuesday's final round will begin with a shotgun start at 9 a.m., with Huskers playing alongside Texas State and San Diego State. Live scoring will be available at GolfStat.com.
Sept. 16-17, 2013
Minikahda Club (Minneapolis, Minn.)
Par 72, 6,119 Yards
Team Standings (Two Rounds)
1. Illinois - 300-303-603
T2. Minnesota - 309-299-608
T2. Kent State - 306-302-608
T4. Nebraska - 303-312-615
T4. Texas State - 316-299-615
T6. San Diego State - 309-309-618
T6. Georgia Regents - 305-313-618
8. Long Beach State - 311-310-621
9. Cal State Fullerton - 318-306-624
10. Jacksonville - 328-317-645
11. Idaho - 324-324-648
12. UC Irvine - 317-332-649
Individual Leaderboard (Two Rounds)
1. Jennifer Ha, Kent State - 76-71-147
2. Stephanie Miller, Illinois - 76-72-148
3. Ember Schuldt, Illinois - 75-74-149
T4. Sirene Blair, San Diego State - 73-77-150
T4. Emily Joers, Illinois - 72-78-150
T6. Jordan Chael, Nebraska - 75-76-151
T6. Eunice Yi, Georgia Regents - 72-79-151
T8. Steffi Neisen, Nebraska - 76-76-152
T8. Josee Doyon, Kent State - 76-76-152
T8. Lejan Lewthwaite, Texas State - 80-72-152
T8. Raksha Phadke, Kent State - 77-75-152
T8. Mara Puisite, Texas State- 79-73-152
T6. Jordan Chael - 75-76-151
T8. Steffi Neisen - 76-76-152
T13. Katelyn Wright - 76-77-153
T37. Cassie Deeg - 76-83-159
T59. Cassidy Stelzmiller - 84-85-169