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Huskers Continue Spring at Mountain View
Steffi Neisen holds the Mountain View single round record with a 66 in 2012.
Photo Courtesy Scott Bruhn/NU Media Relations
Courtesy: NU Media Relations
03/27/2014
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The Nebraska women’s golf team returns to Arizona for the third consecutive tournament to open the spring season, as the Huskers compete in the Mountain View Collegiate in Tucson, March 28-29.
 
The Big Red have produced a pair of top-10 team finishes in their first two trips to Arizona this spring, beginning with a tie for fourth at the Westbrook Invitational in Peoria, Feb. 23-24, before taking eighth at the Clover Cup in Mesa, March 14-16.
 
The Huskers will hope to play their best golf of the season on the 6,227-yard layout of the MountainView Golf Club in Tucson. The 15-team tournament opens with 36 holes on Friday, March 28 with a shotgun start at 10 a.m. (CT). The final round is set for Saturday, March 29 at 10 a.m.
The Huskers have enjoyed historical success at Mountain View. In 2007, NU won the tournament title after taking runner-up honors in 2006. More recently, current Husker senior Steffi Neisen set a tournament record with a 66 in the second round at Mountain View in 2012.
 
Neisen, a senior from New Prague, Minn., ranks second among the Huskers with a 75.70 stroke average this season.
 
Fellow senior Katelyn Wright, a native of Incline Village, Nev., leads the Husker lineup with a 75.15 after her sixth-place finish at the Clover Cup.
 
Wright’s 220 over three rounds tied her season best.
Sophomores Cassie Deeg and Cassidy Stelzmiller and freshman Jordan Chael round out Nebraska’s lineup at Mountain View.
 
Mountain View Collegiate
Location: Tucson, Ariz.
Course: MountainView Course
Par/Yardage: 72/6,227
Friday, March 28: 10 a.m. (36 holes)
Saturday, March 29: 10 a.m. (18 holes)
 
Nebraska Golfers
1. Katelyn Wright
2. Steffi Neisen
3. Cassie Deeg
4. Jordan Chael
5. Cassidy Stelzmiller
 
Individuals
Morgan Smejkal, Sarah Pravacek, Hannah Luebke
 
Mountain View Collegiate Field (15 Teams)
Arkansas State, BYU, Colorado State, Gonzaga, Kansas State, Kent State, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, New Mexico State, Northern Arizona, Portland State, Redlands CC, Tulsa, Wyoming
 
Live Scoring: www.BirdieFire.com
 
Wright Leads Huskers at Clover Cup
Katelyn Wright finished sixth and helped the Nebraska women’s golf team post the best team score of the final round with a 293 on its way to an eighth-place finish at the Clover Cup on Sunday.
 
Wright fired a two-over-par 74 for the second straight day on the 6,209-yard layout at the Longbow Golf Course in Mesa, Ariz. The senior from Incline Village, Nev., closed the tournament with a three-round score of 220 (72-74-74).
 
While Wright produced Nebraska’s best tournament finish, freshman Jordan Chael notched the Huskers’ best round of the tournament with a one-under-par 71 on Sunday. Chael, whose second round did not count because of an incorrect scorecard, helped the Huskers break out of a three-way tie for ninth and finish eighth with a three-round total of 903 (300-310-293).
 
Sophomore Cassie Deeg added her best round of the tournament with a 73, while sophomore Cassidy Stelzmiller also carded her top 18-hole score of the tournament with a 75. Senior Steffi Neisen added a final-round 77 to tie Deeg in 31st place (228) for the tournament. Stelzmiller finished in a tie for 67th (238) in the 87-player field.
 
Sophomore Morgan Smejkal, who played as an individual outside the Husker lineup, managed an 80 over the final 18 holes to finish in a tie for 74th at 241.
 
Louisville claimed the team title with a three-round total of 888 that included a final-round 297. The Cardinals held off the hosts from Notre Dame, who finished as the runner-up just one shot back at 889 after a final-round 294. Colorado, which led the tournament after each of the first two rounds, finished third at 893 after settling for a final-round 304. Mississippi and Michigan tied for fourth at 896, while UNLV finished sixth at 898. East Carolina finished seventh at 902, just one shot ahead of the Huskers.
 
Notre Dame’s Kristina Nihm took medalist honors with a three-round total of 213 that included a final-round 73. Michigan’s Grace Choi and Colorado’s Jennifer Coleman tied for second, finishing just one shot back at 214.
 
Huskers Add Pravecek to 2014 Roster
Coach Robin Krapfl announced the addition of 2012 Nebraska Class A state champion Sarah Pravecek to the Husker roster on Jan. 15, 2014.
Pravecek transferred to Nebraska for the spring semester, after competing at Nebraska-Omaha during the fall semester of 2013.
 
Pravecek was granted a one-time transfer waiver and will be immediately eligible for the Huskers in the spring semester of 2014.
 
Pravecek was one of the top high school golfers in the state of Nebraska, leading Omaha Marian to a pair of state championships in 2009 and 2010, before claiming an individual state title as a senior in 2012. Pravecek, who was a three-time first-team all-state golfer at Marian, added a fourth-place finish as a sophomore in 2010 and a fifth-place finish as a freshman in 2009. A spot became available on the NU roster after redshirt freshman Abbie Hunke chose to leave the team and focus on academics at Nebraska. Hunke is a pre-nursing student from Snyder, Neb.
 
Pravecek spent her first semester of college at Nebraska-Omaha, where she competed in 11 rounds and produced an 81.4 stroke average for the Mavericks. She opened her collegiate career at the Chip-N Club Invitational by tying for 49th in a 75-player field with a three-round total of 247 (83-81-83). She followed with a tie for ninth in a 38-player field at the North Dakota Fall Classic (84-83-79-246).
 
Pravecek finished eighth in a 60-player field at the SIU-Edwardsville Intercollegiate with back-to-back rounds of 80, before closing the fall with a tie for 29th in a 57-player field at UMKC Fall Invitational. She fired rounds of 84-79-79 to finish with a career-best three-round total of 242 in Kansas City.
 
Deeg Named First Big Ten Golfer-of-the-Week in 2013-14
Nebraska’s Cassie Deeg captured the first Big Ten Golfer-of-the-Week honor of her career, when the conference announced its first award winner of the season on Sept. 11. Deeg, a sophomore from Hugo, Minn., stormed to her first career collegiate title by winning the 2013 Chip-N Club Invitational at Wilderness Ridge Golf Course in Lincoln with a career-best tournament total of 213 (72-71-70). Deeg, whose previous career-best tournament score was 221, posted the second top-10 finish of her career.
 
Seniors Neisen, Wright Lead More Experienced Huskers
Senior leadership, more experience and greater depth in competition both in practice and tournaments are expected to help the Nebraska women’s golf team climb the ladder in the Big Ten Conference in 2013-14.
 
Last season, Nebraska’s nine-player roster lacked both seniors and sophomores. This season, two extremely experienced seniors and four sophomores with solid experience of their own will make up the nucleus of the Husker lineup.
 
Nebraska’s more experienced 2013-14 team starts with seniors Steffi Neisen and Katelyn Wright. Neisen, who has played 116 rounds in the Husker lineup, is a three-time WGCA Scholastic All-American.
After producing two of the top five freshman and sophomore stroke averages in school history, Neisen struggled at times as a junior.
 
However, her career 77.26 stroke average ranks among the top 10 players in Husker history. She opened her senior season with a second-place finish at the Chip-N Club Invitational, before adding a tie for eighth at the Minnesota Invitational and an 11th-place finish at the Marilynn Smith/Sunflower Invite. She ranked second among the Huskers with a 76.14 stroke average through 14 fall rounds.
 
Wright led the Huskers with a 77.39 stroke average as a junior. The Incline Village, Nev., native has played 109 career rounds, including a team-best 75.15 average and five top-25 finishes so far in 2013-14.
She owns a pair of top-10 finishes as a senior, including a sixth-place showing (220) at the Clover Cup, March 14-16, in Mesa, Ariz. She opened the season with a tie for fifth (220) at Nebraska’s Chip-N Club Invitational. She opened the spring campaign with a season-best 70 in the second round at the Westbrook Spring Invitational in Peoria, Ariz., Feb. 23-24. Each of Wright’s last 11 rounds have resulted in scores of 76 or better.
 
True Freshman Chael Makes Instant Impact
Jordan Chael has made an immediate impact on the Husker lineup. The native of Overland Park, Kan., solidified the Husker lineup with three solid rounds to finish at 224 in ninth place in the 75-player field at the Chip-N Club Invitational. She added her second straight top-20 finish to open her career by tying for 18th (231) at the Minnesota Invitational, Sept. 16-17.
 
She heads to the Mountain View Collegiate in Tucson, Ariz., after a career-best-matching 71 in the final round at the Clover Cup on March 16.
 
Chael has carded a 71 on three occasions this season, including the final round at the Westbrook Invitational on Feb. 24. She produced a three-round score of 226 that included a one-under-par 71 in the final round at the Westbrook Spring Invitational, Feb. 23-24. She carries a 76.37 stroke average on the season.
 
Chael was the Kansas Class 5A state champion in the fall of 2012, while leading St. Thomas Aquinas to its third consecutive team title. She was ranked as the No. 58 player nationally in the Class of 2013 by Golfweek.
 
Chael captured the Kansas Class 5A state individual title while helping St. Thomas Aquinas to its third consecutive state team crown. She also won the Missouri Women’s Golf Association State Junior Championship in 2012, before adding a runner-up finish in 2013. She added individual medalist honors at the Four-State Team Championship in 2013.
 
Huskers Face Challenging 2013-14 Schedule
The Huskers opened the season with a victory at the Chip-N Club Invitational in Lincoln, Sept. 9-10. The tournament returned to Wilderness Ridge, and NU stormed to its first tournament title since 2008 with a record-setting score of 874.
 
The Huskers hit the road for the first time at the Minnesota Invite, where they managed a seventh-place finish in a 12-team field, Sept. 16-17. NU tied for sixth at the Marilynn Smith/Sunflower Invite, Sept. 23-24, before taking nearly a month off to prepare for the Hoosier Fall Invitational, Oct. 19-20. Nebraska wrapped up the fall campaign at the Las Vegas Collegiate Showdown, Oct. 27-29.
 
The spring schedule began with a tie for fourth at the 14-team Westbrook Invitational in Peoria, Ariz., Feb. 23-24. It was the first of three straight trips to Arizona to open the spring, including the Clover Cup in Mesa, March 14-16. Two weeks later, the Huskers make a return trip to Tucson, Ariz., for the Mountain View Collegiate, March 28-29.
 
Spring season action heats up with a trip to Texas for the SMU/Dallas Athletic Club Invite, April 4-6. The Huskers will get an early look at some of the Big Ten Tournament field when they travel to the Ohio State Spring Invitational, April 19-20.
 
The 2013-14 regular season concludes with the Big Ten Tournament at the Donald Ross Course at the French Lick Resort in Indiana. It will mark the third consecutive season that the Huskers have competed at the Big Ten Tournament on the Ross Course. Nebraska will be hoping that more experience and a more talented and deeper lineup will put them in position to contend for their 12th NCAA Regional bid since 1994. NCAA Regional competitions will be held in Stillwater, Okla. (Central), Cle Elum, Wash. (West) and Tallahassee, Fla. (East) May 8-10, before Tulsa, Okla., plays host to the NCAA Championships, May 20-23.
 
Huskers Continue to Set the Pace in the Classroom
Nebraska leads the nation with 64 WGCA Scholastic All-Americans since 1989, including three in 2013. Steffi Neisen capped her junior season with her third consecutive WGCA Scholastic All-America award and her second Big Ten Sportsmanship Award. Neisen, who excels on the course, in the classroom and in the community, added a prestigious Nebraska Student-Athlete HERO Leadership Award. She hopes to become the fifth Husker in history to claim four WGCA Scholastic All-America honors in 2014.
 
Cassidy Stelzmiller added the first WGCA Scholastic All-America award of her young career in 2013. Stelzmiller also joined Neisen as a Big Ten Distinguished Scholar and an academic All-Big Ten selection in 2013.
Morgan Smejkal and Katelyn Wright also return to the Huskers after claiming academic All-Big Ten honors in 2013.
 
Overall, Nebraska owns one of the richest academic traditions in all of collegiate sports with a nation-leading 310 CoSIDA Academic All-Americans across all teams and all sports. NU also leads the nation with 17 NCAA Top Ten Award winners.
 
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