Megan

Whittaker

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Year: Freshman
City/State: Elkhorn, Neb.
High School: Elkhorn South
Major: Finance

Bio

Honors & Awards

  • Tied for 51st at Big Ten Championships (2019)
  • WGCA Scholastic All-American (2019)
  • Nebraska Scholar-Athlete Honor Roll (Fall 2018, Spring 2019)
  • Tom Osborne Citizenship Team (2019)
  • Two-Time Nebraska Class A State Champion (2016, 2017)
  • Three-Time Nebraska Super-State (2014, 2016, 2017)
  • Four-Time Nebraska Class A State Team Champions (Elkhorn South, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017)
  • FCWT Tour Championship Champion (2017)
  • Nebraska Girls State Match Play Champion (2016)
  • Nebraska Girls Stroke Play Runner-Up (2017)
  • Nebraska Girls Junior PGA Section Champion (2017)
  • National Drive, Chip and Putt Finalist (2016)
  • Three-Time NJGT Tour Championship Champion (2014, 2015, 2016)

Best Career Finish: T30th (Clover Cup, 2019) 
Career Stroke Average: 77.81

Freshman (2018-19)
Megan Whittaker produced a strong finish for the Huskers to her true freshman season. The Elkhorn South High School grad matched Kate Smith for Nebraska's top individual finish at the Big Ten Championship. Whittaker, who was making just the second lineup appearance of her career, carded Nebraska's best score in the first round at the conference tournament with a 75, before adding a 77 in the final round to finish at 152 in a tie for 51st.

Whittaker finished the season with a 77.81 stroke average to rank sixth among the Huskers and 11th all-time among Nebraska freshmen. Her 76.86 average over 14 spring rounds trailed only Kate Smith (73.79) and fellow freshman Kirsten Baete (76.36) among the Huskers.

Whittaker made the first collegiate appearance of her career at the Golfweek Conference Challenge in Wolcott, Colo., Sept. 24-26. She finished with a 54-hole score of 243 (80-80-83) to tie for 85th in a 93-player field while playing as an individual outside Nebraska's lineup. She also played as an individual at the UNLV Collegiate Showdown (Oct. 21-23) producing a 233 (79-76-78), including a 76 in the second round.

She closed the fall with a tie for 56th with an 82 while playing as an individual outside the Husker lineup in the only round of the rain-shortened Rainbow Wahine Invitational (Oct. 31). She finished the fall with a 79.71 stroke average over seven rounds.

Whittaker started strong in the spring with a 233 (78-77-78) to tie for 64th while playing as an individual outside the Husker lineup at the Lady Puerto Rico Classic (Feb. 10-12).

She slashed six strokes off her previous tournament best with a 227 (77-74-76) over three rounds while playing as an individual outside the Husker lineup at the Westbrook Spring Invitational in Peoria, Ariz. (Feb. 24-25). Whittaker tied for 81st individually in a loaded 93-player field, while Nebraska won its first team title since the spring of 2014.

Whittaker matched her career best the next time out with a 227 (73-78-78) on a much more challenging layout at the Clover Cup in Mesa, Ariz. (March 15-17). She posted a career best tie for 30th in a strong 30 player field that included seven golfers from national No. 1 USC.

She closed the regular season with a tie for 49th at 235 (75-77-83) while making her first career lineup appearance at the Lady Buckeye Invitational in Columbus, Ohio (April 13-14). 

Whittaker’s ties to Nebraska women’s golf are very strong, as her mother Kim (Lefler) lettered as a golfer for the Huskers from 1991 to 1994, helping the Huskers advance to the 1994 NCAA West Regional as a senior.

Before Nebraska
Whittaker captured back-to-back Nebraska Class A individual state titles in 2016 and 2017. She led Elkhorn South High School and Coach Mimi Ramsbottom to four consecutive Class A state team championships from 2014 through 2017. Whittaker won 35 individual championships during her high school career. She also helped Elkhorn South to four consecutive Class A state team titles. She was an Academic All-State selection in golf in 2016.

Whittaker won the 2017 FCWT Tour Championship, and recorded victories in three consecutive NJGT Tour Championships (2014, 2015, 2016). She also claimed the 2016 Nebraska Girls State Match Play crown. She was the 2017 Nebraska Girls Stroke Play runner-up and was a finalist for the 2016 National Drive, Chip and Putt competition.

Whittaker was a three-time Super-State selection on the golf course, and she was also a two-time letterwinner on the track. She helped Elkhorn South to an eighth-place finish in the 4x800-meter relay in 2017. She also competed in the 1,600-meter run and was named an Academic All-State performer in 2017.

Personal
Megan is the daughter of Albert and Kim (Lefler) Whittaker. Megan was born Sept. 22, 2000 in Omaha. She has a younger brother, Andrew. Megan, who is majoring in finance, chose Nebraska over Omaha, South Dakota, Idaho, Montana, Northern Arizona and Wyoming. She has earned two spots on the Nebraska Scholar-Athlete Honor Roll in the fall of 2018. She was also a member of the Tom Osborne Citizenship Team in 2019.

Whittaker's Career Statistics

Year

Rounds

Strokes

Avg.

Low 18

Low 54

2018-19

21

1,634

77.81

73

227

Totals

21

1,634

77.81

73

227 

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