Springfield, Mo. - Katelyn Wright posted her second straight top-five finish and Cassie Deeg added the first top-10 finish of her career to lead the Nebraska women's golf team to a sixth-place finish at the Missouri State/Payne Stewart Memorial on Tuesday.
Wright, a junior from Incline Village, Nev., tied for fourth in the 93-player field with a three-round total of 224 (74-74-76). Wright's final-round 76 on the par-72, 6,082-yard layout at the Rivercut Golf Course was Tuesday's top round by a Husker.
It marked the second consecutive top-five finish for Wright, who produced a career-best tie for third last week at the Price's "Give 'Em Five" Invitational in Las Cruces, N.M.
The reigning Big Ten Golfer of the Week, Wright has notched four straight top-20 finishes to open the season, and leads the Huskers with a 74.50 stroke average through 12 rounds.
Deeg, a true freshman from Hugo, Minn., registered her third straight top-20 finish and the first top-10 showing of her career by finishing in 10th place at 227 (75-74-78).
Redshirt freshman Jackie O'Doherty (Lincoln, Neb.) added a 78 of her own on Tuesday to tie for 41st with a three-round score of 241. Fellow redshirt freshman Morgan Smejkal (Columbus, Neb.) added a 79 to card NU's fourth score of the day. Smejkal, who tied for 49th overall, finished at 244 (81-84-79).
Junior Steffi Neisen (New Prague, Minn.) managed a final-round 80 to close her tournament in 45th place at 242 (79-83-80). True freshman Hannah Luebke (Stuttgart, Germany) added a tie for 41st at 241 (80-81-80) while playing as an individual outside Nebraska's lineup. Redshirt freshman Cassidy Stelzmiller (Placerville, Calif.) tied for 46th at 243 (80-81-82) while also playing as an individual.
As a team, Nebraska closed with a final-round 311 to end the tournament in sixth place at 933 (308-314-311). UALR won the 15-team tournament with an 895, while the hosts from Missouri State finished two shots back at 897. Oral Roberts took third at 909, while Wichita State finished fourth at 920 and Oklahoma City University took fifth at 925.
UALR's Emelie Westrup captured medalist honors with a 218 (76-72-70), while Missouri State's Emma Clegg finished second at 219 (71-73-75), just one stroke back of Westrup. MSU's Lindsey Eisenreich added a third-place showing at 223 (76-75-72).
Nebraska will close its 2012 fall season by competing at the Alamo Invitational in San Antonio, Texas, Oct. 28-30.
Missouri State/Payne Stewart Invitational
Rivercut Golf Course (Par 72, 6,082 Yards)
Oct. 15-16, 2012
Final Team Results
1. UALR - 298-295-302-895
2. Missouri State - 298-302-297-897
3. Oral Roberts - 308-294-307-909
4. Wichita State - 313-298-309-920
5. Oklahoma City University - 301-310-314-925
6. Nebraska - 308-314-311-933
7. UMKC - 319-305-311-935
8. Indiana State - 320-316-315-951
9. Drake - 316-315-323-954
10. Valparaiso - 319-323-318-960
11. Drury - 321-325-325-971
12. Nebraska-Omaha - 321-325-328-974
13. Creighton - 331-323-336-990
14. South Dakota - 337-342-343-1,022
15. Rockhurst - 346-332-351-1,029
1. Emelie Westrup, UALR - 76-72-70-218
2. Emma Clegg, Missouri State - 71-73-75-219
3. Lindsey Eisenreich, Missouri State - 76-75-72-223
T4. Katelyn Wright, Nebraska - 74-75-76-224
T4. Bryce Schroeder, Wichita State - 74-75-75-224
T6. Hannah Martin, Wichita State - 76-73-76-225
T6. Sophie Peters, UNO - 73-78-74-225
T8. Tiffany Robbins, Oral Roberts - 79-74-73-226
T8. Megan Thompson, Missouri State - 76-77-73-226
10. Cassie Deeg, Nebraska - 75-74-78-227
#T4. Katelyn Wright - 74-74-76-224
10. Cassie Deeg - 75-74-78-227
T41. Jackie O'Doherty - 80-83-78-241
*T41. Hannah Luebke - 80-81-80-241
45th. Steffi Neisen - 79-83-80-242
*T46. Cassidy Stelzmiller - 80-81-82-243
T49. Morgan Smejkal - 81-84-79-244
*played as an individual outside Nebraska's lineup
#Wright's second-round score changed from a 75 to a 74 after Monday's round