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Sarah Sasse
Year: Senior
City/State: Lincoln, Neb.
High School: Lincoln High

Honors & Awards

  • 2003 First-Team All-American (1 of 11)
  • 2003 Big 12 Golfer of the Year
  • Three-Time NCAA Championship Participant (40th, 2003; 72nd, 2001; Tie for 41st, 2000)
  • 2003 NGCA Scholastic All-American
  • Five-Time Nebraska Women's Amateur Golf Association State Stroke Play Champion
  • 2000 World University Golf Championship Runner-Up
  • Three-Time First-Team All-Big 12 (2000, 2001, 2003)
  • Four-Time First-Team Academic All-Big 12 (1999, 2000, 2001, 2003)
  • Big 12 Golfer of the Month (April 2003)
  • Husker 36-Hole Record (138, Ptarmigan Ram Fall Classic, Sept. 9, 2002)
  • Husker 54-Hole Record (209, Ptarmigan Ram Fall Classic, Sept. 9-10, 2002)
  • Six Career Tournament Titles
  • School Record for Single-Season Tournament Titles (Four, 2002-03)

Senior (2002-03)
Sasse made an immediate impact upon her return to the Husker lineup, posting four wins during the fall season with a 73.22 stroke average. She picked up wins in each of her first three starts, including a record-setting performance at the season-opening Ptarmigan Ram Fall Classic. Sasse's opening day two-round score of six-under-par 138 set a 36-hole school record by five strokes, while her three-round score of seven-under-par 209 also was a school record. 

A week later, Sasse captured the Chip-N Club Invitational title at Wilderness Ridge with a three-round score of 219, and then won the Mary Fossum Invitational the following week.  For her efforts in September, Sasse was tabbed Golf World magazine's Female College Golf Player of the Week. After failing to crack the top five in the next two tournaments, Sasse rebounded for her sixth career win and fourth victory of the fall season at the Pat Bradley Invitational.  

 

Sasse went on to win the Big 12 title in the spring, shooting a four-over par 220 total in Columbia, Mo.  At the NCAA Championships, Sasse led the Huskers to a 22nd-place finish after she tied for 40th.

 

Redshirt Senior (2001-02):  Sasse took a redshirt year in 2001-02 to work on her game and improve her swing.

 

Junior (2000-01):  Sasse continued to put her mark in the NU record books in 2000-01 as she became the first Husker to play in two NCAA Championships. The Big 12 tabbed her as first-team all-conference for the second year in a row, after she finished with the fourth-lowest scoring average in the league (75.29). Sasse opened her third season at Nebraska with her second career victory, posting scores of 71, 73 and 73 to run away with an eight-stroke win at the Alltel Husker Invite.

 

Sasse carded a three-round score of 217 at the Shoot-Out at the Legends tournament in Franklin, Ind., but finished five shots off the lead in a tie for sixth.  At the Big 12 Championships, only one stroke separated Sasse from the leaders, as she finished alone in fourth.  In all, she posted five top-five finishes in 2000-01. With her eighth-place performance at the NCAA Central Regional, Sasse qualified as an individual for the NCAA Championships, where she struggled to a 72nd-place showing.

 

Sophomore (1999-2000): Nebraska's top golfer during the 1999-2000 season, Sasse led the Huskers with a 75.97 stroke average and ranked sixth in that category among Big 12 Conference golfers. The league honored her with first-team All-Big 12 and first-team academic All-Big 12 awards.

 

Sasse posted her best tournament performance at the NCAA West Regional, where she shot a two-over-par score of 74 on both the second and third days of the tournament to finish tied for 13th with a 220. Sasse's score was the best-ever by a Husker female golfer at a regional, eclipsing the mark of 226 set by Hanne Nyquist in 1997. Sasse finished in a tie for 41st with a four-round score of 304 at the NCAA Championships the following week. 

 

Ranked 43rd in the May Golfweek rankings, Sasse placed eighth or higher in five of seven spring appearances. She won the 2000 Betsy Rawls with a seven-over-par 223, and she placed second at the 1999 Big 12 Fall Preview with a 221. 

 

Freshman (1998-99): Sasse became the first Husker ever to shoot under 70 with her second-round 69 at Nebraska's Chip-N Club Invitational at Firethorn Golf Club.  As a freshman, Sasse posted a 79.04 average.

 

Before Nebraska/Amateur: Sasse was a two-time state high school champion from Lincoln High, a three-time Nebraska Girls Match Play champion and was named an honorable-mention All-American by the Junior Golf Association.  She won the 2002 Nebraska Women's Amateur Golf Association Stroke Play Championship in June, a title she has claimed five times in her career.  Sasse claimed runner-up honors at the 2000 World University Golf Championships in Coleraine, Northern Ireland, with a four-day total of 302.

 

Sasse also qualified for both the U.S. Women's Amateur and the USGA's Junior Girls Amateur Championships in addition to winning more than 50 tournaments in her career.

 

Personal

The daughter of James and Teresa Sasse, Sarah was born June 26, 1980. A four-time academic All-Big 12 selection, Sasse was a marketing major at Nebraska. She also claimed NGCA Scholastic All-America honors in 2003.  

Sasse’s Career Statistics

Year

Rounds

Strokes

Avg.

Low 18

Low 54

1998-99

28

2,213

79.04

69

224

1999-00

38

2,887

75.97

71

220

2000-01

38

2,861

75.29

71

217

2001-02

Redshirt

2002-03

39

2,891

74.13

71

209

Totals

143

10,852

75.89

69

209

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