The Nebraska women’s golf team wraps up its 2013-14 regular season by traveling to Columbus, Ohio, for the 34th annual Lady Buckeye Invitational, April 19-20.
Ohio State plays host to its annual 12-team spring invitational on the Scarlet Course beginning with a shotgun start at 7:30 a.m. (CT) on Saturday. The 12 teams will play two rounds Saturday, before Sunday’s final round of the six-count-four format on the par-72, 6,268-yard layout of the Scarlet Course.
The Lady Buckeye should provide the Huskers with an excellent preview of next weekend’s Big Ten Tournament on the Ross Course in French Lick, Ind. (April 25-27).
Seven of the 12 Big Ten teams will be competing in the 12-team field at Ohio State, including Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan State and Purdue, along with the Huskers. Kansas, Kent State, Ohio, Texas Tech and Toledo round out a talented tournament field.
It will be the second time this year the Huskers have played in the six-count-four format, which will also be in place at the Big Ten Tournament.
Seniors Katelyn Wright and Steffi Neisen and sophomores Cassie Deeg, Cassidy Stelzmiller and Morgan Smejkal lead the Huskers to Ohio State, along with freshman Jordan Chael.
Live scoring for the tournament will be available at GolfStat.com.
Lady Buckeye Invitational
Location: Columbus, Ohio
Course: Scarlet Course
Start Times (CT)
Saturday, April 19 - 7:30 a.m. (36 holes) - shotgun
Sunday, April 20 - 7:30 a.m. (18 holes) - tee times
1. Katelyn Wright
2. Cassie Deeg
3. Steffi Neisen
4. Jordan Chael
5. Cassidy Stelzmiller
6. Morgan Smejkal
Lady Buckeye Invitational (12 Teams)
Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kent State, Michigan State, Nebraska, Ohio, Ohio State, Purdue, Texas Tech, Toledo
Live Scoring: www.GolfStat.com
Huskers Settle for Tie for 13th in Dallas
Lightning forced the cancellation of the final round of the SMU/Dallas Invitational, leaving Nebraska tied for 13th in the 16-team field, April 4-6.
The third round of the tournament was scratched 45 minutes into the final round due to lightning in the Dallas area. After an hour delay prior to the first tee shot of the day due to lightning, players got up to three holes in, before the horn sounded again to halt play.
Sophomore Cassie Deeg fired a three-over-par 75 on the 6,257-yard layout at the Dallas Athletic Club on Saturday to close the weather-shortened tournament in a tie for 44th at 156. She was joined in a tie for 44th by senior teammate Steffi Neisen, who added a 77 for NU’s second-best score in the second round.
Freshman Jordan Chael and senior Katelyn Wright rounded out Nebraska’s team score on the second day with rounds of 78 to help the Huskers post a 308. NU’s second round marked an 11-stroke improvement over the Huskers’ opening round, as Nebraska closed the tournament with a two-round total of 627 in a tie for 13th place with Purdue. The Huskers were just eight strokes out of ninth place (619) in the 16-team field that featured eight of the top-50 teams in the nation.
No. 48 Baylor won the tournament with a two-round total of 591 that included a second-round 297. However, No. 18 LSU narrowed the gap on the Lady Bears with a 294 on Saturday to sit at 595, just four strokes back. No. 29 North Carolina finished third at 597.
The Tar Heels’ Elizabeth Mallett fired the tournament’s best individual round on Saturday with a three-under-par 69. She claimed medalist honors with a two-round total of 141, five strokes in front of five other golfers tied for second at 146.
Huskers Capture Mountain View Crown
Nebraska 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 121 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 77.17 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 114 career rounds, including a team-best 75.24 average and six top-25 finishes 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.
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 Ohio State ranked fourth among the Huskers with a 76.58 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 was immediately eligible at NU this spring.
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.
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 Arizona to win the Mountain View Collegiate, March 28-29, in Tucson.
The spring season continued against a loaded 16-team field at an abbreviated SMU/Dallas Athletic Club Invite, April 4-6. The Huskers get an early look at the Big Ten Tournament field at the Lady Buckeye Invitational, April 19-20, before traveling to the Big Ten Tournament at the Donald Ross Course at the French Lick Resort in Indiana, April 25-27. 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.