The Nebraska women's golf team concludes its 2011-12 regular-season schedule by traveling to Columbus, Ohio for the Lady Buckeye Invitational, April 21-22.
The tournament begins with 36 holes on The Scarlet Course (par 72, 6,268 yards) on Saturday, April 21, and the final 18 holes Sunday. Both days begin with a shotgun start at 7:30 a.m. (central). It will be a play six, count four format.
The 11-team tournament field will include eight Big Ten teams (Iowa, Michigan State, Minnesota, Nebraska, Northwestern, Ohio State, Penn State) as a preview of next week's Big Ten Championships in French Lick, Ind. Baylor, Iowa State and Kent State round out a talented tournament field.
The Huskers head to Ohio following nearly a four-week break from competition. NU performed well in two spring break tournaments.
After a third-place finish in a 12-team field at the BYU at Entrada Classic, March 19-20, the Huskers took fifth in a talented 15-team field at the Mountain View Collegiate in Tucson, Ariz., March 23-24.
Steffi Neisen provided her biggest highlight of the season with a school-record, six-under-par 66 in the second round at Mountain View. She added rounds of 74 and 75 to finish at 215 in a tie for seventh.
Madeleine Sheils added the top tournament score of her career with a four-under-par 212 (69-73-70) over three rounds to finish just ahead of Neisen in sixth place. It was Sheils' sixth top-10 finish of the season. Remylee Molyneux added a career-best 228 of her own at Mountain View.
Nebraska's performances at Entrada and Mountain View came without the services of freshman Shelby Martinek, who suffered a hand injury prior to competition at BYU. Martinek's injury required surgery and she is out for the season.
Lady Buckeye Invitational
Location: Columbus, Ohio
Host: Ohio State
Course: The Scarlet Course
Shotgun Start (Central):
Saturday, April 21 (36) - 7:30 a.m.
Sunday, April 22 (18) 7:30 a.m.
1. Madeleine Sheils
2. Steffi Neisen
3. Kayla Knopik
4. Katelyn Wright
5. Katie Keiser
6. Remylee Molyneux
Lady Buckeye Invitational (11 Teams): Baylor, Illinois, Iowa, Iowa State, Kent State, Michigan State, Minnesota, Nebraska, Northwestern, Ohio State, Penn State
Live Scoring: www.golfstat.com
Sheils, Neisen Lead Strong Husker Showing at Mountain View
Madeleine Sheils and Steffi Neisen both produced top-10 individual finishes to lead Nebraska to a fifth-place showing in a 15-team field at the Mountain View Collegiate, March 23-24, in Tucson, Ariz.
Sheils, a senior from Boise, Idaho, closed an outstanding tournament with a final-round, two-under-par 70. She finished the 54-hole event with a career-best, four-under-par 212 (69-73-70) to finish sixth in the individual standings. It marked Sheils' sixth top-10 finish of the year.
Neisen, who fired a school-record 66 in the second round March 23, added a final-round 74 to finish in a tie for seventh at 215 (75-66-74). The sophomore from New Prague, Minn., posted her third top-10 finish of the year and fourth of her career.
Kayla Knopik and Katelyn Wright added final-round 75's to help the Huskers post a 294. NU closed with a season-best 54-hole total of 878 (295-289-294). Knopik, a senior from Papillion, Neb., tied for 32nd (74-74-75-223). Wright, a sophomore from Incline Village, Nev., tied for 58th (79-76-75-230). Senior Katie Keiser rounded out Nebraska's top-five golfers in 86th (77-82-85-244).
Sophomore Remylee Molyneux wrapped up the best tournament of her young career with a career-best 228, while playing as an individual outside the Husker lineup. Molyneux, who managed a final-round 77, finished in a tie for 50th.
Texas Tech captured the team title with a three-round total of 858 on the 6,227-yard, par-72 layout of the Mountain View Golf Course. The Red Raiders closed the tournament with a final-round 288. Iowa State finished seven shots back in second at 865, including a final-round 284. Ohio State took third at 871, as the Buckeyes notched a 284 in the final round, while Indiana finished fourth at 873.
San Jose State's Jennifer Brumbaugh claimed medalist honors with an impressive, seven-under-par three-round total of 209 (69-67-73). Brumbaugh defeated Northwestern's Lauren Weaver in a playoff, after Weaver scored the course for a 209 of her own (69-71-69).
Sheils Producing Stellar Senior Season for Huskers
Madeleine Sheils is producing the best year of her career for the Huskers. The senior from Boise, Idaho, owns a career-best 74.04 stroke average and has notched six top-15 tournament finishes in 2011-12. A rock in the Husker lineup since the end of her freshman season in 2008-09, Sheils has played 96 consecutive rounds in the Huskers' top five.
After opening her senior season with a 10th-place finish at NU's Chip-N Club Invititational, Sheils captured her first career title at the Edean Ihlanfeldt Invitational, Oct. 3-5 in Sammamish, Wash. Sheils fired a then-career-best 214 over three rounds, including a career-best, and then-school-record-tying five-under-par 67 in the final round.
After tying for 18th at the Lady Northern, she tied for fourth at the Hoosier Fall Invite to produce her fourth straight top-20 showing to open the season. Although she tied for 37th at the Alamo Invite to close the fall, she shot her second sub-70 round of the year with a 69 in the second round.
Sheils opened the spring by taking eighth with her third-best tournament score of the season (220) at the Lady Puerto Rico Classic. She tied for 21st with a 221 at the Westbrook Spring Invitational, before tying for sixth with a 225 at the BYU at Entrada Classic.
She added her sixth top-10 finish of the year by taking sixth with a career-best, four-under-par 212 (69-73-70) at the Mountain View Collegiate, March 23-24.
Sheils, who is ranked No. 66 nationally in the GolfStat Head-to-Head Standings (March 28), is a two-time Big Ten Golfer of the Week (Oct. 6, Oct. 19). Sheils owns 16 career top-25 finishes, including 10 career top-10 performances. She is a three-time NGCA Scholastic All-American.
Sheils Captures First Career Crown in Washington
Madeleine Sheils tied the school record with a final-round 67 to capture her first collegiate title at the Edean Ihlanfeldt Invite at the Sahalee Country Club Oct. 5.
Sheils, a senior from Boise, Idaho, claimed her first individual medalist honor as a collegian with a three-round total of 214, one shot better than Washington's Jennifer Yang and Oregon's Cassy Isagawa. Sheils' final-round 67 included six birdies (Holes 3, 7, 8, 11, 13, 15) and one bogey (Hole 6) to go along with 11 pars.
The 67 marked the lowest round Sheils has ever produced, and matched Nebraska's school record before teammate Steffi Neisen established the new record with a 66 at the Mountain View Collegiate in Tucson, Ariz., March 23, 2012.
Neisen Fires School-Record 66 at Mountain View
Steffi Neisen earned a place in Husker history by firing a school-record, six-under-par 66 on the 6,227-yard layout at the Mountain View Golf Course in Tucson, Ariz., on March 23. Neisen's second-round score surpassed NU's previous top round of 67, which was shot five times - most recently by teammate Madeleine Sheils at the Edean Ihlanfeldt Invitational in Sammamish, Wash., on Oct. 5, 2011.
Neisen's school-record round was the highlight of her third top-10 finish of the season, as she tied for seventh at Mountain View with a 215 - the second-best three-round total of her career.
Neisen has shown continued improvement as a sophomore after producing one of the best freshman seasons in school history in 2010-11.
The New Prague, Minn., native owns Nebraska's second-best stroke average this season with a 76.07 over 27 rounds. Neisen, who has competed in 59 consecutive rounds in the Husker lineup to open her career, produced the No. 3 stroke average by a freshman in NU history with a 77.13 a year ago.
After notching just two top-25 finishes as a rookie, Neisen owns four top-15 showings as a sophomore, including a career-best tie for second at the Alamo Invitational to close the fall campaign. For her efforts in San Antonio, which included a career-best tournament score of 214 and a final-round 69, Neisen was named the Big Ten Golfer of the Week on Nov. 3.
Neisen opened the season by tying for sixth (227) at the Chip-N Club Invitational, then finished outside the top 25 in three straight events (Edean Ihlanfeldt, 34th, 235; Lady Northern, T50th, 239; Hoosier Fall Invite, T26th, 234) before her runner-up finish at the Alamo Invitational. She opened the spring by tying for 48th (235) at the Lady Puerto Rico Classic, before tying for 40th (225) at the Westbrook Spring Invitational. Neisen added a tie for 13th (230) at the BYU at Entrada Classic, before her record-setting effort at Mountain View.
Neisen owns six career top-25 finishes, including four career top-10 showings. Off the course, Neisen was an NGCA Scholastic All-American in 2011.
Knopik Capping Career with Strong Senior Year
Fifth-year senior Kayla Knopik is producing the best year of her career in 2011-12. The Papillion, Neb., native, who has played 68 consecutive rounds in the Husker lineup, owns NU's third-best stroke average. Knopik's 76.54 stroke average is more than a stroke better than her junior season average, as she has shown impressive improvement each year on the course as a Husker. In fact, she has shaved six strokes off her average from her redshirt freshman season in 2008-09.
Knopik, who entered the season with just two career top-25 finishes, has produced four top-25 showings as a senior, including a career-best tie for sixth (227) to open the season at the Chip-N Club Invitational. She added a tie for 23rd (229) at the Lady Northern, before tying for 13th with a career-best 219 at the Alamo Invitational. Her effort in San Antonio included a career-best 69 in the second round. She added her most recent top-25 finish with a tie for 13th (23) at the BYU at Entrada Classic.
Knopik owns six career top-25 finishes, including one top-10 effort. She was a first-team academic All-Big 12 selection in 2011.
Wright Surging in Spring During Sophomore Season
Katelyn Wright is emerging as a contributor in the Husker lineup. The sophomore from Incline Village, Nev., has produced top-25 finishes in two of the Huskers' last three events, including a 15th-place finish at the Westbrook Spring Invitational. She fired a career-best 218 at Westbrook in Peoria, Ariz., including a career-best, one-under-par 71 in the final round. Wright added a tie for 21st (234) in the BYU at Entrada Classic.
Wright, who has played all 27 rounds in the Husker lineup as a sophomore, has lowered her season stroke average to 79.00, which ranks fifth on the team. Over the last nine rounds, Wright has recorded a 75.78 average.
Wright regularly played as NU's No. 6 golfer as a freshman, before earning spring lineup spots at the BYU at Entrada Classic and the Mountain View Collegiate. She posted an 80.08 stroke average over 25 rounds as a freshman.
Freshman Martinek Knocked Out for Season with Hand Injury
Shelby Martinek had played in every round for the Huskers in 2011-12, including lineup spots in five tournaments, before missing the BYU at Entrada Classic, March 19-20, and the Mountain View Collegiate with a hand injury. Unfortunately for the Huskers, the injury required surgery and Martinek will miss the rest of NU's season.
Martinek owned NU's fourth-best stroke average (79.05) prior to her injury. She also produced a pair of top-25 finishes. She tied for 18th with a 230 at the Hoosier Fall Invitational. Her effort in Indiana included a second-round 71. She improved her career-best a second-round 70 at the Alamo Invite the next time out.
She added a tie for 21st at the Westbrook Spring Invitational in her home state of Arizona, Feb. 26-27. The Tempe, Ariz., native fired consistent rounds of 76, 72 and 73 to finish with a career-best 221 at Westbrook in Peoria, Ariz.
Martinek competed as an individual at the Chip-N Club Invite before earning lineup spots at the Edean Ihlanfeldt, the Hoosier and Alamo invites. She competed in the NU lineup in the first three spring tournaments before the injury.
Huskers Continue to Set the Pace in the Classroom
Nebraska leads the nation with 59 NGCA Scholastic All-Americans since 1989, including two in 2011. Senior Madeleine Sheils has captured three straight NGCA Scholastic All-America honors and will try to become just the fourth Husker in history to win four awards in 2012. Sheils, a senior philosophy major from Boise, Idaho, hopes to join Jackie Beste, Allison Stewart and JC Stevenson as four-time Husker NGCA Scholastic All-Americans. Sheils was joined on the 2011 NGCA Scholastic All-America squad by 2010-11 freshman Steffi Neisen. The sophomore from New Prague, Minn., will take aim at her second straight award in 2012.
Overall, Nebraska owns one of the richest academic traditions in all of collegiate sports with a nation-leading 294 CoSIDA Academic All-Americans across all teams and all sports. The Huskers also lead the nation with 16 NCAA Top Eight Award winners. In 2010-11, Nebraska produced 15 CoSIDA Academic All-Americans while 113 student-athletes across all sports earned their bachelor's degrees during the 2010-11 academic year.