Lincoln - Nebraska women's golfers Kayla Knopik and Carolyn Schorgl were among a huge class of 82 Husker student-athlete graduates to earn their bachelor's degrees from the University of Nebraska on Saturday, May 5.
Knopik, one of Nebraska's top golfers over the past three seasons, earned her bachelor's degree in finance after closing a solid senior season. The Papillion, Neb., native closed her career by finishing 17th at the 2012 Big Ten Tournament. The four-year letterwinner ended her senior season with a career-best 76.88 stroke average over 32 rounds. She competed in 71 consecutive rounds in Nebraska's top five to close her career, while playing in three conference tournaments.
She finished with Nebraska's No. 3 stroke average in 2011-12, while producing five top-25 individual finishes, including a career-best tie for sixth (75-77-75-227) at Nebraska's season-opening Chip-N Club Invitational at the Country Club of Lincoln, Sept. 12-13.
Her 227 was a career best until she erupted for a career-best 219 at the 2011 Alamo Invitational, Oct. 30-Nov. 1. Knopik's performance in San Antonio included a career-best 69 in the second round, sandwiched between a pair of 75's. She tied for 13th at the Alamo Invite, before tying for 13th again with a 230 (78-75-77) in the BYU at Entrada Classic in St. George, Utah, March 19-20.
Knopik was also an academic All-Big 12 selection for the Huskers in 2011.
Schorgl was a three-year letterwinner for the Huskers before spending her senior season in 2011-12 as an undergraduate student coach for NU. The native of Leawood, Kan., competed in 28 rounds for the Huskers in her first three seasons. Off the course, the accounting major was a Nebraska Student-Athlete HERO Leadership Award winner in 2010 and was the recipient of the 2009-10 Beatrice Dierks Rohman Scholarship. She was also a six-time member of the Big 12 Commissioner's Honor Roll.
Overall, Nebraska's May 2012 graduating class included 82 Husker student-athletes. Featured among the group were 11 All-Americans and four CoSIDA Academic All-Americans.
Each of Nebraska's 23 sports were represented by at least one student-athlete, in a class that came to Lincoln from 16 states, including 38 native Nebraskans from 19 communities around the Cornhusker State. Members of the graduating class also came from four foreign countries, including Australia, Canada, France and Germany.
Nebraska continues to feature one of the highest graduation rates in the country, while leading the nation in the number of CoSIDA Academic All-Americans (294) and NCAA Top Eight Award winners (16) across all sports.
May 2012 Nebraska Women's Golf Graduates
- Knopik, Kayla - Papillion, Neb. (Finance)
- Schorgl, Carolyn - Leawood, Kan. (Accounting)