The Nebraska women’s golf team opens its 2014 spring season by competing at the Westbrook Invitational in Peoria, Ariz., Feb. 23-24.
The tournament, which is hosted by the University of Wisconsin, will feature a talented 14-team field that includes six Big Ten teams. Ohio State, Illinois, Iowa and Indiana join the Huskers and Badgers on the par-72, 6,269-yard layout of the Westbrook Village Golf Club, along with top-75 programs from Oregon, the College of Charleston and Oregon State. Washington State, Kansas State, Tulsa, Colorado State and Eastern Michigan round out the tournament field.
The tournament will begin with a shotgun start on Sunday, Feb. 23 at 9:30 a.m. (CT). After playing the first and second rounds on Sunday, the teams will return for a final round beginning with a shotgun start at 9:30 a.m. (CT) on Monday.
Senior Steffi Neisen will lead the Huskers to Arizona out of the top spot in the lineup. Neisen posted a 76.14 stroke average and a trio of top-15 individual finishes during the fall campaign.
Fellow senior Katelyn Wright posted Nebraska’s top stroke average during the fall portion of the schedule. The native of Incline Village, Nev., notched a 75.86 stroke average and four top-25 individual finishes.
Sophomore Cassie Deeg produced a 76.21 average through the fall and four top-30 tournament finishes, including a pair of top-five showings. She captured individual medalist honors at Nebraska’s season-opening Chip-N Club Invite.
Freshman Jordan Chael will try to build upon her strong play during the fall, when she posted a 77.00 stroke average and notched a pair of top-20 finishes.
Sophomore Cassidy Stelzmiller will round out the Husker top five in Arizona, while fellow sophomore Morgan Smejkal will compete as an individual outside the NU lineup.
Westbrook Spring Invitational
Location: Peoria, Ariz.
Course: Westbrook Village
Sunday, Feb. 23, 9:30 a.m. (36 holes)
Monday, Feb. 24, 9:30 a.m. (18 holes)
1. Steffi Neisen
2. Katelyn Wright
3. Cassie Deeg
4. Jordan Chael
5. Cassidy Stelzmiller
Westbrook Invitational Field (14 Teams)
College of Charleston, Colorado State, Eastern Michigan, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas State, Ohio State, Oregon, Oregon State, Washington State,Tulsa, Wisconsin
Live Scoring: www.GolfStat.com
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.
In high school, Pravecek was a four-year letterwinner for Coach Jim Miller at Marian High School. As a senior, she was the individual medalist at the 2012 Class A state championship. A three-time first-team all-state selection, she was also the Metro Conference champion in 2010 and 2012. As a senior, Pravecek claimed medalist honors in seven of eight tournaments and posted a 77 stroke average. She also matched her personal best with a round of 69. Pravecek led Marian to the Metro Conference team title.
As a junior, Pravecek won five of seven tournaments in a season cut short by illness. She fired a personal-best 18-hole score of 69. As a sophomore in the fall of 2010, Pravecek was the Metro Conference champion. She helped the Crusaders capture their sixth consecutive state team title, while finishing fourth as an individual. Pravecek helped Marian to a state team championship as a freshman in 2009, while finishing fifth as an individual.
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.
Deeg, Huskers Capture Chip-N Club Crowns
Nebraska produced the best three-round score in tournament history with an 874 (284-296-294) on its way to the Chip-N Club Invitational title, Sept. 9-10.
The Huskers smashed their previous Chip-N Club record score of 884, when they claimed their last Chip-N Club title in 2008. NU’s 874 marked the second-best three-round score in school history, trailing only an 866 at the 2007 Mountain View Collegiate. The Huskers won their 29th team tournament title in history, including their sixth Chip-N Club Invitational crown since 2003.
NU won the team title by 18 strokes, as Central Arkansas finished second (892) and Wichita State took third (901). Iowa (910) and Missouri State (922) rounded out the top five in the final team standings.
Cassie Deeg won her first career individual title with one of the best individual efforts in Chip-N Club history. She closed with a two-under-par 70 to finish at 213 over 54 holes. Deeg’s effort smashed her previous career-best of 221.
While Deeg took medalist honors, the top four players in the NU lineup were not far behind. Steffi Neisen, who shared the tournament lead with Deeg after 36 holes, matched the best finish of her career by taking second at 217. The senior from New Prague, Minn., notched the second top-five finish and fifth top-10 showing of her career, while posting her second-best three-round score as a collegiate player.
Fellow senior Katelyn Wright added the third top-five finish of her career by tying for fifth at 220. Wright, a native of Incline Village, Nev., carded her second-best 54-hole score as a collegian. Jordan Chael capped an impressive collegiate debut by grabbing a top-10 finish of her own. The true freshman from Overland Park, Kan., tied for ninth with a three-round score of 224.
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 110 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 77.40 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 103 career rounds, including a team-best 75.86 average and four top-25 finishes during the fall campaing of 2014.
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 into the spring season after posting NU’s No. 4 stroke average of the fall (77.00).
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 tees off with the Westbrook Invitational in Peoria, Ariz., Feb. 23-24. It will be 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 307 CoSIDA Academic All-Americans across all teams and all sports. NU also leads the nation with 16 NCAA Top Ten Award winners.