Lincoln - Nebraska Coach Robin Krapfl announced the signing of three student-athletes to National Letters of Intent on Monday, Nov. 14, to join the Husker women’s golf program in the fall of 2017.
Hannah Thiele, who is the youngest golfer in Nebraska history to sweep the state women’s amateur stroke and match play championships in the same year, will join the Huskers as a freshman in 2017-18. A three-sport standout as a senior at Wahoo’s Bishop Neumann High School, Hannah is the younger sister of current Nebraska sophomore Haley Thiele. The duo led the Bishop Neumann boys’ golf team to top-three Class C-1 state tournament finishes in 2014 (3rd) and 2015 (2nd).
Hannah Thiele will be honored as the Nebraska Golf Association Girls’ Amateur of the Year on Nov. 18 in Omaha. It is her second consecutive NGA Girls’ Amateur-of-the-Year award. Along with sweeping women’s state titles this summer, she finished fourth at the Optimist International Junior Championship in Florida.
“I love the fact Hannah is a multi-sport athlete (golf, basketball, volleyball) because I am excited to see where Hannah can take her game when she can just focuses on golf,” Krapfl sadi. “She has a great temperament for the game and possess the skills to compete at high level very early in her Husker career.”
Brooke Newell, the 2016 Iowa Class 3A Co-Player of the Year at defending state champion Atlantic High School, also joins the Huskers. Another three-sport athlete, Newell was the Iowa Class 3A individual runner-up in 2016. She added a third-place finish as a sophomore in 2015, after also helping Atlantic High School to a team championship as a freshman in 2014.
A two-time first-team All-Western Iowa and All-Hawkeye Ten Conference softball player as a catcher for the Trojans, Newell also helped Atlantic to its first state tournament appearance in the 42-year history of the softball program.
“Brooke is another multi-sport athlete (golf, basketball, softball) that we think is going to develop into an excellent college golfer,” Krapfl said. “She is pretty inexperienced right now, but I saw a ton of potential when I had an opportunity to watch her compete. She has above average length and good touch. With her athletic ability, it will be fun seeing how quickly she learns and grows as a golfer.”
Thiele and Newell are joined by California Noor Ahmed in Nebraska’s signing class. One of the top golfers in Northern California, Ahmed recently qualified for the California high school state championships. She was the 2013 Junior Golf Association of Northern California Match Play champion. In 2016, she produced multiple top-10 finishes in Northern California Golf Association events. She owns a career stroke average of 73.8 at Vista del Lago High School in Folsom, Calif.
“Noor is a player who as she gets stronger is really going to be a solid player for us,” Krapfl said. “She possesses an excellent short game, keeps the ball in play, and is a very good ball-striker. I would not be surprised if she stepped in and helped us as a freshmen. She also is very active in the first tee program and has been recognized for her community service, in addition to being a great student.”
The three newcomers will join a strong, young Husker roster that is expected to only lose 2017 senior Sarah Pravecek.
“Considering we are only graduating one senior this year, I am very happy to be adding these three young women to our program,” Krapfl said. They have displayed all of the characteristics we love in our student-athletes, and they are excited to become Huskers. The added depth to our program will really encourage everyone to work hard and elevate their game. We have the potential to be very, very good next season, and the addition of these three can only make us better.”
Wahoo, Nebraska (Bishop Neumann)
One of the top golfers the state of Nebraska has ever produced, Hannah Thiele will join the Huskers after sweeping the 2016 Nebraska women’s stroke play and match play titles. The 2015 and 2016 Nebraska Golf Association Girls’ Amateur of the Year, Thiele became the youngest player (18) in the history of the Nebraska Women’s Stroke Play and Match Play tournaments to sweep the titles in 2016. She defeated 19-time stroke (11) and match-play (8) state champion Susan Marchese for the 2016 match-play crown in Oakland.
Thiele won the Nebraska Women’s Amateur Championship with a nine-over-par 225 over three rounds at Norfolk’s Eldorado Hills Golf Course in June. She won the state stroke play crown by nine strokes in Norfolk.
In addition to her women’s state titles in 2016, Thiele finished fourth at Optimist International Junior Championship in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla. She fired a four-over-par 292 over four rounds. She also won the Nebraska Junior PGA Championship. Thiele captured back-to-back Nebraska Girls Amateur championships in 2014 and 2015 and was the girls state runner-up in 2016.
Hannah defeated her older sister, Haley, a three-time Nebraska Golf Association Girls Amateur of the Year (2013, 2014, 2015), for the 2015 title by carding a two-over-par 146 over two rounds at Four Winds Golf Course in Kimball. Hannah also defeated Haley for the Nebraska Junior PGA Championship on the Huskers’ home course at Wilderness Ridge in Lincoln in July of 2014. Hannah finished with a two-under-par total of 140 at the 2014 Nebraska Junior PGA, defeating Haley by five strokes. Hannah was also a member of Nebraska’s Four State Team alongside Haley in 2014.
Haley will be a redshirt sophomore at Nebraska in 2017-18, and is expected to have three seasons to play alongside Hannah as a Husker. Haley is redshirting with a wrist injury this season after setting the Nebraska freshman stroke average record in 2015-16.
Hannah and Haley teamed to help the Bishop Neumann boys’ golf team to a runner-up finish at the Nebraska Class C state team championship when Hannah was a sophomore in the spring of 2015. During Hannah’s freshman season in 2014, the sisters helped Bishop Neumann to a third-place finish at the boys’ state tournament.
As a junior in 2016, Hannah finished 12th individually at the boys’ state high school tournament.
An outstanding all-around athlete at Wahoo’s Bishop Neumann High School, Hannah is also one of the top shooters in the state of Nebraska for her high school basketball team. As a junior last season, she knocked down 63 three-pointers and led Bishop Neumann in scoring with nearly 12 points per game on her way to honorable-mention Class C-1 all-state accolades. She also helped Bishop Neumann to a state tournament berth.
An outside hitter on the volleyball team, she also led Bishop Neumann to the 2015 Nebraska state tournament by registering 236 kills as a junior in 2015 before leading them to a third-place finish at 2016 state tournament last week in Lincoln. Thiele, who had a double-double in the third-place game, helped Neumann to a 29-4 record.
The daughter of Kevin and Lisa Thiele, Hannah has four sisters Haley, Lindsey, Lauren and Brooke.
Atlantic, Iowa (Atlantic)
Brooke Newell, a senior at defending Class 3A Iowa state champion Atlantic High School, also joins the Huskers. Another three-sport athlete, Newell was the Iowa Class 3A individual runner-up on the course in 2016. She added a third-place finish as a sophomore in 2015, after also helping Atlantic High School to a team championship as a freshman in 2014.
The 2016 Iowa Class 3A Co-Golfer of the Year, Newell was also the Hawkeye Ten Conference champion after shooting a 69 at Fox Run Golf Course in Council Bluffs.
The two-time first-team all-state golfer and member of the Class 3A All-Tournament team the past two seasons, Newell was a second-team all-state selection as a freshman in 2014. She is also a three-time first-team all-district and first-team All-Hawkeye Ten Conference choice for Coach Kathy Hobson at Atlantic.
As a softball player, Newell captured All-Western Iowa and All-Hawkeye Ten Conference honors as a catcher/utility player in both 2015 and 2016 for the Trojans. In 2016, she helped the Atlantic softball team to its first state tournament appearance in the 42-year history of the program. She led Atlantic in hits and RBIs in 2016, after hitting .379 with 17 doubles and 41 RBIs in the summer of 2015. She hit .400 with 13 doubles and 32 RBIs when she also stole 10 bases in 2014.
Newell is also a senior on Atlantic’s basketball team this season.
The daughter of Danny and Tori Newell, Brooke chose Nebraska over Missouri State and Southern Illinois.
“I really like the coaches, the athletic facilities and the tradition,” Newell said. “I fell in love with the campus when I went to visit. It felt like home.”
Folsom, California (Vista del Lago)
Noor Ahmed comes to Nebraska as one of the top players in Northern California. A four-time all-league golfer for the four-time Capital Athletic League champions at Vista del Lago High School, Ahmed carried a career stroke average of 73.8 as a high school golfer for the two-time San Joaquin Section champions. Ahmed, who recently qualified for California State High School Championships, was the Junior Golf Association of Northern California Match Play Champion in 2013. She also produced multiple top-10 finishes in the Northern California Golf Association in 2015 and 2016.
Ahmed also has starred in the classroom, posting a 3.96 grade-point average. She is on track to complete eight Advanced Placement classes by the end of her senior year.
The daughter of Tamer and Hoda Ahmed, Noor was born April 14, 1999, in Austin, Texas. She has one younger brother, Yusuf. Noor plans to major in biological science at Nebraska. She said she chose Nebraska over Sacramento State, San Jose State, Dominican, and UNC Greensboro because of the overall support provided to Husker student-athletes.
“I chose Nebraska because of high academic standards, the support student-athletes receive to succeed in both athletics and academics, and the commitment, care and belief Coach Krapfl showed in me.”