The Nebraska women’s golf team takes the momentum of its second team tournament title of the season to Texas this weekend, as the Huskers take on a loaded field at the SMU/Dallas Athletic Club Invitational, April 4-6.
The Huskers, who are ranked No. 74 nationally in this week’s GolfStat rankings, are coming off a win at the Mountain View Collegiate in Tucson, Ariz., March 28-29. NU defeated No. 37 Kent State, No. 47 Gonzaga, No. 58 Minnesota and No. 79 Missouri in a 15-team field in Arizona to climb several spots in the national rankings.
This week’s 16-team field in Dallas will present more opportunities for the Big Red to climb in the national standings. The field in Dallas includes eight top-50 teams, led by No. 15 Oklahoma State, No. 16 Wake Forest, No. 18 LSU, No. 29 North Carolina, No. 37 Kent State, No. 40 Kansas, No. 48 Baylor and No. 49 SMU. Four more teams, including Nebraska, fill the top 75 with No. 54 Purdue, No. 57 Texas Tech and No. 67 UTSA in that group.
The talented field will take the par-72, 6,264-yard layout of the Dallas Athletic Club with a single round beginning on Friday at 8 a.m. The second round also begins with tee times on Saturday at 8 a.m., before a shotgun start for the final round on Sunday at 8 a.m.
Senior Katelyn Wright and sophomore Cassie Deeg head to Texas as the reigning Big Ten Golfers of the Week. Wright and Deeg tied for second in Tucson with career-best tournament totals of 213. Wright, who owns NU’s top stroke average (74.61), will play out of the top spot in the five-count four Husker lineup. Deeg (75.13) and senior Steffi Neisen (75.35) give the Huskers strength in the middle of the lineup. Sophomore Morgan Smejkal (78.50) and freshman Jordan Chael (76.36) round out a solid Husker lineup.
Live scoring for the tournament will be available at www.GolfStat.com.
SMU/Dallas Athletic Club Invite
Location: Dallas, Texas
Course: Dallas Athletic Club
Start Times (All Times Central)
Friday, April 4: 8 a.m. (18 holes)
Saturday, April 5: 8 a.m. (18 holes)
Sunday, April 6: 8 a.m. (18 holes)
1. Katelyn Wright
2. Cassie Deeg
3. Steffi Neisen
4. Morgan Smejkal
5. Jordan Chael
SMU/Dallas Athletic Club Field (16 Teams)
Baylor, Iowa, Kansas, Kansas State, Kent State, LSU, Nebraska, North Carolina, North Texas, Oklahoma State, Purdue, SMU, TCU, Texas Tech, UTSA, Wake Forest
Live Scoring: GolfStat.com
Huskers Capture Mountain View Crown
The Nebraska women’s golf team captured its second team tournament title of the year with a three-round score of 874 at the Mountain View Collegiate, March 28-29.
The Huskers held off No. 37 Kent State by one stroke, while No. 79 Missouri finished third at 879. Nebraska’s 874 tied its team total in opening the season with a tournament title at the Chip-N Club Invitational at Wilderness Ridge Golf Course in September. It matched the Huskers’ second-best team score of the season, trailing an 869 at the Westbrook Invitational in Peoria, Ariz., Feb. 23-24.
Senior Katelyn Wright fired a final-round 70 to finish with a career-best three-under-par 213, tying sopohomore Cassie Deeg for second in the final individual standings. Wright’s tie for second marked the best finish of her Nebraska career, surpassing a tie for third at the 2012 Price’s “Give ‘Em Five” Intercollegiate.
Gonzaga’s Alice Kim won the tournament title by three strokes with a final-round 70 to close at six-under 210.
Husker senior Steffi Neisen added a tie for 11th with a 219 after shooting a final-round 73. Freshman transfer Sarah Pravecek provided a highlight with a two-under-par 70 to close her first tournament as a Husker with a 226. Sophomore Morgan Smejkal added a final-round 75 to close the tournament at 230 in a tie for 55th. Hannah Luebke added a 77 to finish in a tie for 76th at 241.
Deeg, Wright Claim Big Ten Golfer-of-the-Week Awards
Nebraska’s Katelyn Wright and Cassie Deeg were named Big Ten Co-Women’s Golfers of the Week, when the conference office announced its winners April 2.
Wright, a senior from Incline Village, Nev., and Deeg, a sophomore from Hugo, Minn., tied for second individually while leading the Huskers to a tournament title at the 15-team Mountain View Collegiate, March 28-29 in Tucson, Ariz.
Wright produced the best tournament finish and score (213) of her collegiate career, while Deeg matched her career-best tournament score (213).
The award was Deeg’s second Big Ten Golfer-of-the-Week honor of the year, joining her award after opening the season with medalist honors in leading the Big Red to the Chip-N Club Tournament title, Sept. 9-10 at Wilderness Ridge. It was also Wright’s second career Big Ten award, following her selection Oct. 11, 2012.
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 119 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 77.15 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 112 career rounds, including a team-best 74.61 average and six top-25 finishes so far in 2013-14.
She owns a trio of top-10 finishes as a senior, including a career-best tie for second at the Mountain View Collegiate (213) on, March 28-29. She finished sixth at the Clover Cup (220), March 14-16, in Mesa, Ariz. She opened the season with a tie for fifth (220) at Nebraska’s Chip-N Club Invitational. She opened the spring campaign with a season-best 70 in the second round at the Westbrook Spring Invitational in Peoria, Ariz., Feb. 23-24. Each of Wright’s last 14 rounds have resulted in scores of 76 or better.
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 to the SMU/Dallas Athletic Club Invitational ranked fourth among the Huskers with a 76.36 stroke average.
Chael has carded a 71 on three occasions this season, including the final round at the Westbrook Invitational on Feb. 24. She produced a three-round score of 226 that included a one-under-par 71 in the final round at the Westbrook Spring Invitational, Feb. 23-24.
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 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.
She saw her first action for the Huskers at the Mountain View Collegiate in Tucson, Ariz., where she tied for 35th while playing as an individual outside the NU lineup. Pravecek’s first Husker tournament included a final-round 70 to finish at 226 over three rounds.
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.
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 began with a tie for fourth at the 14-team Westbrook Invitational in Peoria, Ariz., Feb. 23-24. It was 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 made a return trip to Tucson, Ariz., for the Mountain View Collegiate, March 28-29, where they captured their second team tournament title of the year.
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 310 CoSIDA Academic All-Americans across all teams and all sports. NU also leads the nation with 17 NCAA Top Ten Award winners.