Honors & Awards
Best Finish: 2nd (2013 Chip-N Club, 2011 Alamo Invitational, T2nd)
Neisen, who closed her career with a tie for 41st at the 2014 Big Ten Championships in French Lick, Ind., April 25-27, finished with a career season-best 76.23 stroke average as a senior.
Neisen, a four-year starter, got her senior season off to an impressive start with a runner-up finish at the 2013 Chip-N Club Invitational. Neisen's three-round score of 217 (70-73-74) included a two-under-par 70 in the opening round.
Neisen's second-place finish at Wilderness Ridge in Lincoln matched her career-best and gave her five career top-10 finishes as a Husker.
Neisen's effort trailed only sophomore teammate Cassie Deeg in the individual standings at the Chip-N Club, while NU's top four finishers all closed in the top 10. With Deeg and Neisen leading the way, the Huskers posted the best three-round score (874) in Chip-N Club Invitational history on their way to NU's first team title since 2008.
Neisen, a native of New Prague, Minn., added another top-10 finish in her home state by tying for eighth at the Minnesota Invitational, Sept. 16-17. Neisen fired a three-round score of 227 (76-76-75) to produce the sixth top-10 finish of her career.
She just missed a third straight top-10 finish by taking 11th at the Marilynn Smith/Sunflower Invitational, Sept. 23-24. Neisen produced a three-round score of 234 (74-81-79) on an unforgiving course at Colbert Hills that only surrendered three rounds at or below par to 81 competitors over three rounds.
Neisen settled for a tie for 51st in a 96-player field at the Hoosier Fall Invitational in Greenwood, Ind., Oct. 19-20. She managed rounds of 79, 77 and 76 to finish with a three-round score of 232 on the par-71, 6,062-yard layout at Hickory Stick Golf Club.
Neisen closed the fall campaign by tying for 75th (76-80-156) at the wind-shortened Las Vegas Collegiate Showdown, Oct. 27-29. She finished the fall season second among the Huskers with a 76.14 stroke average over 14 rounds.
She got her spring season off to a solid start with a 220 (71-76-73) to tie for 33rd at the Westbrook Spring Invitational in Peoria, Ariz., Feb. 23-24. She tied for 31st with a 228 (75-76-77) at the Clover Cup in Mesa, Ariz., March 14-16, before notching the 13th top-25 finish of her career with a tie for 11th (74-72-73-219) at the Mountain View Collegiate in Tucson, Ariz., March 28-29. Neisen's effort helped the Huskers claim their second team tournament title of the season.
Neisen matched Deeg for NU's top individual finish at the SMU/Dallas Athletic Club Invitational by tying for 44th (79-77-156) in a tournament shortened by lightning on the final day of competition.
Nebraska's final regular-season event at the Ohio State Spring Invitational, April 19-20. She tied for 44th (81-76-81-238) at Ohio State.
In addition to her success on the course, Neisen is a star in the classroom. In 2014, she will take aim at becoming the fifth Husker in history to win four WGCA Scholastic All-America awards. Neisen was a Big Ten Distinguished Scholar, an academic All-Big Ten selection and a Big Ten Sportsmanship Award winner in 2012, 2013 and 2014. She also claimed a prestigious Nebraska Student-Athlete HERO Leadership Award in 2013, and was an inaugural member of the Tom Osborne Citizenship Team in 2014.
"It is hard to believe Steffi is a senior already. I'm excited to see how she closes out her career," Nebraska Coach Robin Krapfl said. "She has the all-around skills to have a great year. It is great when your senior leaders really stay committed to getting better and have the desire to do everything they can to lead the team to a successful year."
Neisen notched the ninth top-25 finish of her career by tying for 22nd (78-78-70-226) at the Westbrook Spring Invitational in Peoria, Ariz., Feb. 24-25. Her final-round 70 was a season best, helping her to a season-best tournament total of 226.
She opened the spring by tying for 70th (84-82-74-240) at the Lady Puerto Rico Classic, Feb. 10-12, before her season-best performance at the Westbrook Invite. She managed a tie for 77th (76-82-82-240) at the Clover Cup in Mesa, Ariz., March 9-10, before tying for second with a 79 in a dual at Kansas on March 20.
Neisen closed the regular season with a tie for 62nd (89-82-80-251) at the SMU/Dallas Athletic Club Invitational, April 5-7.
Neisen opened her junior campaign by tying for 21st at Nebraska's season-opening Chip-N Club Invitational with a three-round score of 237 (80-78-79).
Neisen closed the 2012 fall campaign with a 227 at the Alamo Invitational, Oct. 28-30. She posted solid rounds of 75-75-77 in San Antonio to tie for 47th in a talented 15-team field.
She struggled to a tie for 74th (79-77-86-242) in a loaded 18-team field at the Golfweek Conference Challenge in Wolcott, Colo., Sept. 24-26. She bounced back to post a 230 (76-79-75) to tie for 46th at the Price's "Give 'Em Five" Invitational in Las Cruces, N.M., Oct. 8-10, before finishing 45th with a 242 (79-83-80) at the Missouri State/Payne Stewart Invitational in Springfield, Mo., Oct. 15-16.
Off the course, Neisen continued to be a tremendous representative of the Husker program. She earned WGCA Scholastic All-America honors for the third straight year and claimed academic All-Big Ten accolades for the second time. A Big Ten Distinguished Scholar, Neisen was NU's Big Ten Sportsmanship Award winner and earned a prestigious Nebraska Student-Athlete HERO Leadership Award in 2013. She also captured a pair of spots on the Nebraska Scholar-Athlete Honor Roll.
Neisen, who owns the Nebraska single-round record with a six-under 66 in the second round of the 2012 Mountain View Collegiate in Tucson, Ariz., enjoyed a strong summer of 2012. She tied for second (70-68-138) in stroke play at the U.S. Women's Amateur Publinks Championships to qualify for the match play portion of the national event for the first time in her career. Neisen's score trailed only 2012 USC All-American Lisa McCloskey (70-67-137) in Neshanic Station, N.J.
Neisen's performance at the Alamo Invite, Oct. 30-Nov. 1, was capped by a final-round 69 on her way to a career-best 214 tournament total. She opened with an even-par 72 in the first round and a 73 in the second round. Neisen was the Big Ten Golfer of the Week (Nov. 3, 2011).
She added a school-record 66 in the second round of the Mountain View Collegiate in Tucson, Ariz., March 23. She had an opening-round 75 and a final-round 74 to finish with the second-best tournament total (215) of her career to tie for seventh. It was Neisen's third top-10 finish of the season and fourth of her career.
Neisen closed the season by tying for 25th at Nebraska's first-ever Big Ten Tournament. She carded a 230 (76-78-76) over three rounds at the Donald C. Ross Course in French Lick, Ind., April 27-29.
Neisen opened the year with a then-career-best tie for sixth (227) at the 2011 Chip-N Club Invitational at the Country Club of Lincoln. Her performance included a then-career-best-matching one-under-par 71 in the second round, which tied eventual champion Felicia Esperecueta for the best round of the tournament.
Neisen managed a 34th-place finish (235) at the Edean Ihlanfeldt Invite in Sammamish, Wash., Oct. 3-5. She tied for 50th (78-79-82-239) at the Lady Northern Invite in French Lick, Ind., Oct. 10-11. Neisen tied for 26th (77-81-76) a week later at the Hoosier Fall Invitational in Carmel, Ind., to help the Huskers to a fourth-place team finish in a 13-team field.
After closing the fall with her career performance at the Alamo Invite, she opened the spring by tying for 48th (78-77-80-235) at the Lady Puerto Rico Classic, Feb. 12-14. She added a tie for 40th (72-80-73-225) at the Westbrook Spring Invitational in Peoria, Ariz., Feb. 26-27.
Neisen bounced back with her third top-15 effort of the year by tying for 13th (73-78-79-230) in the BYU at Entrada Classic in St. George, Utah, March 19-20. She finished 50th (83-84-79-246) at the Ohio State Spring Invite, April 21-22, before bouncing back at the Big Ten Tournament.
Neisen closed her freshman campaign by tying for 28th (72-74-80-226) at the 2011 Big 12 Championships in Columbia, Mo. She closed each of the first two days among the top 10 players in the 60-player field.
During the fall, Neisen notched Nebraska's second-best stroke average (77.07) trailing only junior Madeleine Sheils. Neisen's performance in the fall included a season-best tie for ninth (77-73-73-223) at the Dale McNamara Invite in Owasso, Okla. She added a tie for 15th (75-74-81-230) at the Marilynn Smith/Sunflower Invite in Lawrence, Kan., after opening her career with a tie for 29th (76-79-155) at the rain-shortened Chip-N Club Invite at Wilderness Ridge in Lincoln.
After struggling to a tie for 64th (78-79-81-238) at the Johnie Imes Invite in Columbia, Mo., Neisen bounced back with her best performance at the Dale McNamara Invite. She closed the fall campaign by tying for 51st (74-79-80-233) at the Alamo Invite.
Neisen produced her best round and three-round tournament score of the season at the Mountain View Collegiate in Tucson, Ariz., in late-March. Her season-best 54-hole score of 222 (77-74-71) included a season-best final-round 71 to tie for 30th.
Neisen opened the spring by tying for 46th (78-78-75-231) at the 33-team Kiawah Island Intercollegiate in February. She followed with a tie for 56th (83-78-73-234) at the UNLV Spring Invite in Boulder Creek, Nev., March 7-9. She tied for 39th (82-75-81-238) at the BYU Entrada Classic in St. George, Utah, March 21-22. She closed the regular season with a three-round total of 238 (81-79-78) to tie for 51st at the Baylor Spring Invite, April 11-12.
A four-time first-team Class AAA (Minnesota's largest) selection, Neisen was the state runner-up at New Prague High School in 2009. She finished four strokes out of first at the 2009 championships in June, closing her two rounds at 155 on the par-73, 5,809-yard layout at Bunker Hills Golf Course in Coon Rapids, Minn.
Neisen was a medalist in more than 50 high school tournaments. She posted the state's best stroke average (73.5) over her junior and senior seasons for Coach Matt Shetka at New Prague. She also holds the Missota Conference individual record with a round of 69.
As a junior golfer, Neisen competed at the 2008 USGA Publinks Championship in Erin Hills, Wis. She earned top-10 finishes in AJGA, Pepsi Little People, PGA Junior Series events and several Minnesota Junior Girls Championships. She was the youngest player among the top-10 finishers at the Minnesota State Women's Amateur in 2008, 2009 and 2010. Neisen was also a three-time member of both the Minnesota-Wisconsin Cup team and the Minnesota-Manitoba Cup team. Her swing coach is Chris Baisch. She was also a member of National Honor Society.
Neisen made an early commitment to the Husker golf program, choosing Nebraska before her junior season of high school in 2009. She received offers from several Big Ten and Big 12 schools. Steffi is majoring in pre-social science education at Nebraska, and earned WGCA Scholastic All-America honors in 2011, 2012 and 2013. She was a Big Ten Distinguished Scholar and an academic All-Big Ten selection in 2012, 2013 and 2014. She is a six-time Nebraska Scholar-Athlete Honor Roll pick and was a two-time Big 12 Commissioner's Honor Roll selection. Neisen is also a two-time winner of the Big Ten Sportsmanship Award (2012, 2013) and was a Nebraska Student-Athlete HERO Leadership Award recipient in 2013. She was an inaugural member of the Tom Osborne Citizenship Team in 2014.
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