Hannah

Thiele

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Year: Sophomore
Hometown: Wahoo, Neb.
High School: Bishop Neumann
Major: Undeclared

Bio

Hannah Thiele Biography (PDF)

Honors & Awards

  • 83rd at Big Ten Championships (2018)
  • Big Ten Sportsmanship Award (2018)
  • WGCA Scholastic All-American (2018)
  • Nebraska Scholar-Athlete Honor Roll (Fall 2017; Spring 2018)
  • Tom Osborne Citizenship Team (2018)
  • Nebraska Golf Association Girls' Amateur of the Year (2015, 2016)
  • Nebraska Women's Amateur Champion (2016)
  • Nebraska Women's Stroke Play Champion (2016)
  • Nebraska Women's Match Play Champion (2016)
  • Fourth at Optimist International Junior Championship (2016)
  • Nebraska Girls Amateur Champion (2014, 2015)

Best Career Finish: T37th (Mountain View, 2018)
Career Stroke Average: 80.27

Freshman (2017-18)
One of the top young amateur golfers in Nebraska history, Hannah Thiele battled through a back injury throughout her freshman season at Nebraska in 2017-18.

A two-time state girls player of the year and the youngest Nebraska Golf Association Women's Amateur Champion in state history, Thiele competed in 22 rounds throughout the season and represented the Huskers at the Big Ten Championships.

Thiele battled a back injury over the summer of 2017 and did not compete in any amateur tournaments. Her injury slowly improved throughout the summer and she competed in the first collegiate tournament of her career at East & West Match Play Challenge in Madison, Wis., Sept. 17-19. Playing as an individual outside the Husker lineup in two rounds of stroke play in Wisconsin, Thiele produced a 36-hole score of 160 (76-84).

She earned her first career lineup spot at Nebraska's Chip-N Club Invitational, Oct. 1-3. Thiele settled for a three-round score of 240 (78-79-86) in challenging scoring conditions at Wilderness Ridge Golf Course over the tournament's three days. Her second-round score contributed to Nebraska's team total on the tournament's second day, while her first-round score matched her sister's for NU's No. 4 score of the round.

Thiele added another lineup appearance at the Pinehurst Challenge in North Carolina, Oct. 9-10, where she tied for 72nd in a 19-team field. She managed a career-best 229 (78-73-78) including a career-best 73 in the second round. Her performance at Pinehurst helped her earn a third lineup spot at the UNLV Collegiate Showdown (Oct. 22-24) to close the fall season.

At UNLV she opened with a solid 75, but struggled to an 82 in the second round and withdrew from the final round of competition. She closed the fall with a 78.90 stroke average over 10 rounds, with eight of those coming in the Husker lineup.

She opened the spring with a 251 over three rounds to finish 64th at the Lady Puerto Rico Classic (Feb. 11-13). Thiele managed a 244 (83-75-86) to finish 72nd while playing as an individual outside the Husker lineup at the Clover Cup in Mesa, Ariz., March 16-18.

Thiele played as an individual outside the Husker lineup in the final regular-season tournament of the season at the Mountain View Invitational in Tucson, Ariz., March 23-25. She put together her best performance of the season by tying for 37th with a career-best 228 (74-76-78).

She has made her fifth and final lineup appearance of the season for Nebraska at the 2018 Big Ten Championships at TPC River's Bend in Maineville, Ohio, April 20-22. She finished 83rd with a 254 (83-88-83) over three rounds to finish the season with an 80.27 stroke average on the year.

"We were anticipating Hannah being a big contributor this season, unfortunately she got injured playing high school basketball and is just getting back to playing golf again," Nebraska Coach Robin Krapfl said. "We're not sure on the timetable of her return, but we hope she can return to health soon because we feel she can really help the team."  

High School/Amateur 
One of the top golfers the state of Nebraska has ever produced, Thiele swept the 2016 Nebraska women’s stroke play and match play titles. The 2015 and 2016 Nebraska Golf Association Girls’ Amateur of the Year, Thiele became the youngest player (18) in the history of the Nebraska Women’s Stroke Play and Match Play tournaments to sweep the titles in 2016. She defeated 19-time stroke (11) and match-play (8) state champion Susan Marchese for the 2016 match-play crown in Oakland.

Thiele won the Nebraska Women’s Amateur Championship with a nine-over-par 225 over three rounds at Norfolk’s Eldorado Hills Golf Course in June. She won the state stroke play crown by nine strokes in Norfolk.

In addition to her women’s state titles in 2016, Thiele finished fourth at Optimist International Junior Championship in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla. She fired a four-over-par 292 over four rounds. She also won the Nebraska Junior PGA Championship. Thiele captured back-to-back Nebraska Girls Amateur championships in 2014 and 2015 and was the girls state runner-up in 2016.

Hannah defeated her older sister, Haley, a three-time Nebraska Golf Association Girls Amateur of the Year (2013, 2014, 2015), for the 2015 title by carding a two-over-par 146 over two rounds at Four Winds Golf Course in Kimball. Hannah also defeated Haley for the Nebraska Junior PGA Championship on the Huskers’ home course at Wilderness Ridge in Lincoln in July of 2014. Hannah finished with a two-under-par total of 140 at the 2014 Nebraska Junior PGA, defeating Haley by five strokes. Hannah was also a member of Nebraska’s Four State Team alongside Haley in 2014.

Hannah and Haley teamed to help the Bishop Neumann boys’ golf team to a runner-up finish at the Nebraska Class C state team championship when Hannah was a sophomore in the spring of 2015. During Hannah’s freshman season in 2014, the sisters helped Bishop Neumann to a third-place finish at the boys’ state tournament.

As a junior in 2016, Hannah finished 12th individually at the boys’ state high school tournament. She did not compete in high school boys golf during the spring of 2017 after sustaining a back injury during her senior basketball season at Wahoo Bishop Neumann High School.

An outstanding all-around athlete, Hannah was one of the top shooters in the state of Nebraska for her high school basketball team. As a junior in 2016, she knocked down 63 three-pointers and led Bishop Neumann in scoring with nearly 12 points per game on her way to honorable-mention Class C-1 all-state accolades. She also helped Bishop Neumann to a state tournament berth. Her back injury as a senior greatly limited her contributions as a senior on the basketball court.

An outside hitter on the volleyball team, she also led Bishop Neumann to the 2015 Nebraska state tournament by registering 236 kills as a junior in 2015 before leading them to a third-place finish at 2016 state tournament. Thiele had a double-double in the third-place game to help Neumann finish with a 29-4 record.

Personal
The daughter of Kevin and Lisa Thiele, Hannah has four sisters Haley, Lindsey, Lauren and Brooke. She has not declared a major, but was named a WGCA Scholastic All-American in 2018, and she earned spots on the Nebraska Scholar-Athlete Honor Roll in both the fall and spring semesters of 2017-18. She was also a member of the 2018 Tom Osborne Citizenship Team and earned Nebraska's 2018 Big Ten Sportsmanship Award for women's golf.

Thiele's Career Statistics

Year

Rounds

Strokes

Avg.

Low 18

Low 54

2017-18

22

1,766

80.27

73

229

Totals

22

1,766

80.27

73

229 

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