Haley

Thiele

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Year: Junior
Hometown: Wahoo, Neb.
High School: Bishop Neumann
Major: Nutrition & Health Sciences

Bio

Honors & Awards

  • One Career Top-10 Finish (1, 2017-18)
  • Four Career Top-25 Finishes (1, 2017-18)
  • Tied School-Record 54-Hole Score (209, 2015 UNLV Collegiate Showdown)
  • Tied School Freshman Record 18-Hole Score (67, 2015 UNLV Collegiate Showdown)
  • Tied for 39th at Big Ten Championships (2016)
  • 79th at Big Ten Championships (2018)
  • WGCA Scholastic All-American (2016, 2018)
  • Academic All-Big Ten (2018)
  • Nebraska Scholar-Athlete Honor Roll (Fall 2015, 2016, 2017; Spring 2016, 2018)
  • Sam Foltz Hero 27 Leadership Award (2018)
  • Tom Osborne Citizenship Team (2016, 2017, 2018)
  • Trusted Choice Big "I" National Champion (2015)
  • Tied for Third at Optimist International Junior Championship (2015)
  • Fourth at Trusted Choice Big "I" (2014)
  • Tied for Fifth at North & South Junior Amateur (2015)
  • 12th at Trusted Choice Big "I" (2013)
  • Nebraska Women's Amateur Champion (2017)
  • Nebraska Women's Amateur Stroke Play Champion (2017)
  • Two-Time Nebraska Girls Amateur of the Year (2013, 2014)
  • Two-Time Nebraska Girls Match Play Champion (2013, 2014)
  • Nebraska Girls Match Play Runner-Up (2015)
  • Nebraska Girls Stroke Play Champion (2013)
  • Nebraska Girls Stroke Play Runner-Up (2014, 2015)
  • Three Top 15 Finishes at Nebraska Class C Boys State Tournament (2013, 2014, 2015)
  • Three-Time Nebraska Four-State Team Member (2012, 2013, 2014)
  • Second-Team All-Nebraska (Basketball, Omaha World-Herald, 2014, 2015)
  • Third-Team Super-State (Basketball, Lincoln Journal Star, 2014, 2015)
  • First-Team Class C-1 All-State (Basketball, 2014, 2015)

Best Career Finish: T6th (UNO, 2017)
Career Stroke Average: 77.07

Outlook (2018-19)
Haley Thiele (pronounced TEEL) is hoping for a strong and healthy fourth season with the Huskers in 2018-19. The junior from Wahoo, Neb., produced one of the best freshman seasons in school history in 2015-16, before suffering a wrist injury that forced her to redshirt in 2016-17. Thiele returned from the injury in 2017-18, but it continued to affect her play.

During the offseason, Thiele has made adjustments to her swing and is hoping to see better results in 2018-19.

“I am so proud of Haley. She made a very hard decision to try another swing coach, and then put the work in it takes to make changes,” Nebraska Coach Robin Krapfl said. “If there was a picture for hard work it would be Haley. She deserves every success she has because she has put in the time to be great.”

Sophomore (2017-18)
Thiele returned to the Nebraska lineup after redshirting with a wrist injury in 2016-17. She got off to a strong start with a career-best tie for sixth with a three-round score of 227 (72-77-78) at the UNO Invitational at ArborLinks in Nebraska City, Sept. 1-2. It marked Thiele’s fourth career top-25 finish, including her first career top-10 showing.

She settled for a tie for 44th in a loaded field over two rounds of stroke play (79-78-157) at the East & West Match Play Challenge in Madison, Wis., on Sept. 17. She managed a tie for 30th (78-82-80-240) in challenging scoring conditions at Nebraska’s Chip-N Club Invitational at Wilderness Ridge Golf Course in Lincoln, Oct. 1-3.

Thiele added a tie for 60th in a 19-team field at the Pinehurst Challenge in North Carolina, Oct. 9-10. Thiele shot a season-best 225 (73-74-78) at Pinehurst, before shooting a 231 (75-75-81) to tie for 72nd while playing as an individual outside the Husker lineup at the 96-player UNLV Collegiate Showdown, Oct. 22-24. Thiele closed her fall campaign with a 77.14 stroke average over 14 rounds.

She struggled to a three-round total of 259 to finish 66th at the Lady Puerto Rico Classic (Feb. 11-13) to open the spring season, but bounced back with her best tournament of the year with a three-round total of 218 (74-68-76) at the Westbrook Spring Invitational in Peoria, Ariz., Feb. 25-26. Thiele’s effort in Arizona included a season-best 68 in the second round.

Thiele managed a three-round total of 249 (86-80-83) to finish 81st at the 16-team Clover Cup in Mesa, Ariz., March 16-18. She did not compete in Nebraska’s regular-season finale at the Mountain View Invitational in Tucson, Ariz., March 23-25, before finishing 79th with a 244 (80-82-82) at the Big Ten Championships in Maineville, Ohio, April 20-22. She closed the season with a 78.85 stroke average.

Redshirt (2016-17)
Thiele redshirted in 2016-17 due to a wrist injury. Off the course, she earned a spot on the Nebraska Scholar-Athlete Honor Roll in the fall of 2016 and was a member of the 2017 Tom Osborne Citizenship Team.

Freshman (2015-16)
Thiele broke Nebraska’s freshman record with a 75.63 stroke average while playing all 32 rounds for the Huskers. The previous NU freshman mark was set by Kate White (76.94) in 2006-07. Thiele also produced Nebraska’s No. 2 finish at the 2016 Big Ten Championships, closing her season with a 222 (75-73-74) at The Fort Golf Resort in Indianapolis, April 22-24. Her tie for 39th marked the second-best finish by a Husker freshman at a Big Ten Tournament, trailing only Cassie Deeg’s 32nd in 2013.

Thiele tied the Nebraska freshman record with a five-under-par 67 in the opening round of the UNLV Collegiate Showdown, Oct. 25. She went on to smash Nebraska’s freshman tournament record, while matching first-team All-American Sarah Sasse’s then-school-record tournament score of 209 (67-69-73). Thiele finished in a tie for 18th at the tournament, which was loaded with All-Americans and featured 18 of the nation’s top 85 teams.

Thiele fired a 214 at the Pinehurst Challenge, Oct. 12-13, which included a four-under-par 68 in the second round. Thiele’s 214 at Pinehurst was the third-best score by a freshman in school history, trailing only her 209 in Las Vegas and a 213 by Kate White at the 2006 Bronco Invitational.

Thiele tied for 11th in a 104-player field at Pinehurst. Her performance in North Carolina followed a tie for 17th with a 226 (77-72-77) at Nebraska’s Chip-N Club Invitational at the Country Club of Lincoln, Oct. 5-6. Thiele competed as an individual outside the Husker lineup.

Thiele, who finished with four rounds better than par in 2015-16, fired a one-under-par 71 in the second round of the Marilynn Smith/Sunflower Invitational to open her career. She was NU’s No. 2 finisher, tying for 39th (88-71-76-235) to lead the players inside the Husker lineup at Colbert Hills, Sept. 7-8.

She contributed a tie for 60th (78-76-81-235) as Nebraska’s No. 4 finisher at the GolfWeek Conference Challenge at the Red Sky Golf Club in Wolcott, Colo., Sept. 21-23.

Thiele opened the spring by finishing 49th (83-75-158) at the Peg Barnard Invitational in Stanford, Calif., Feb. 13-14. She matched Cassie Deeg as NU’s No. 2 finisher at the Westbrook Spring Invitational in Peoria, Ariz., Feb. 21-22. Thiele totaled 223 (76-74-73) to tie for 53rd in a talented tournament field.

Thiele added a tie for 49th with a 232 (75-82-75) at the Clover Cup in Mesa, Ariz., March 11-13, before leading the Huskers with a tie for 31st in a strong 97-player field at the Dr. Donnis Thompson Hawaii Invitational, March 22-23. Thiele’s three-round total of 226 (72-78-76) led the Huskers at the 16-team event. She settled for a tie for 85th (78-79-84-241) in a loaded 18-team field at the Silverado Showdown in Napa, Calif., April 3-5.

High School/Amateur
In the summer of 2015, Thiele captured the Trusted Choice Big “I” National Championship a week after tying for third at the Optimist International Junior Championship. She also tied for fifth at the North & South Junior Amateur.

In 2014, Thiele took fourth at the Trusted Choice Big “I” after finishing 12th at the event in 2013. A two-time Nebraska Girls Amateur of the Year (2013, 2014), Thiele claimed back-to-back state Girls Match Play crowns, while adding the 2013 Nebraska Girls Stroke Play title. She also won the 2013 Nebraska Junior PGA Championship.

A three-time Nebraska Four-State Team member, Thiele was a three-time Nebraska Class C Boys High School State Golf Tournament top-15 finisher. Bishop Neumann did not sponsor girls golf, but Thiele helped her school to a Class C state runner-up finish in 2015 by finishing fourth individually (74-73-147) at Holmes Golf Course in Lincoln, just two strokes back of the boys champion. Thiele tied for 11th (80-73-153) at the 2014 Nebraska Class C tournament and tied for 13th (80-81-161) at the Class C boys meet as a sophomore. She finished 35th (86-82-168) as a freshman.

In the summer of 2014, Thiele qualified for the U.S. Girls Junior Amateur Championship by winning a sectional qualifying tournament at the Elks Country Club in Columbus with a one-under-par 71. She competed at the U.S. Junior Championships in Flagstaff, Ariz. Thiele also qualified to compete at the 2015 Junior PGA Championships. She tied for 59th at the 2014 PGA Junior Championship at Trump National Golf Club in Washington, D.C.

Thiele defended her state junior match play title in 2014 with a win over her sister. Hannah Thiele settled for second with a loss to her sister in the 2015 final. Thiele also finished second to her sister in the 2014 and 2015 state stroke play events.

Thiele was a three-sport high school standout at Bishop Neumann, competing in golf, basketball and volleyball. She drew recruiting interest in all three sports. She was the top female golfer in the state her final three years of high school. In basketball, Thiele was a second-team All-Nebraska pick by the Omaha World-Herald and a third-team Super-State choice by the Lincoln Journal Star in 2014 and 2015. The two-time first-team Class C-1 all-stater averaged 20.6 points per game as a 5-8 senior shooting guard for the Cavaliers. She averaged 20.5 points per game as a junior in 2014. She also played summer basketball for the Husker Elite and coaches Doug Goltz and Kevin Thiele. As a volleyball player, Thiele was a starting outside hitter. As a junior in 2013, she produced 142 kills and 335 digs, before adding 145 kills and 317 digs as a senior in 2014.

Personal
Haley is the daughter of Kevin and Lisa Thiele and has four younger sisters, Hannah, Lindsey, Lauren and Brooke. A nutrition, health science and dietetics major, Haley is a two-time WGCA Scholastic All-America (2016, 2018). She earned Academic All-Big Ten honors in 2018 and is a five-time member of the Nebraska Scholar-Athlete Honor Roll and a three-time selection to the Tom Osborne Citizenship Team.

Thiele's Career Statistics

Year

Rounds

Strokes

Avg.

Low 18

Low 54

2015-16

32

2,420

75.63

67

209

2016-17

Redshirt

 

 

 

 

2017-18

26

2,050 78.85 68 218

2018-19

0

0 0.00 0 0

Totals

58

4,470

77.07

67

209 

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