Katelyn

Wright

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Player
Year: Freshman
City/State: Incline Village, Nev.
High School: Incline

Bio

Honors & Awards

  • Four Career Top-Five Finishes (2 in 2013-14)
  • 15 Career Top-25 Finishes (7 in 2013-14)
  • T15th at Big Ten Championships (2014)
  • 58th at Big Ten Championships (2013)
  • Tied for 48th at Big Ten Championships (2012)
  • Big Ten Golfer of the Week (April 1, 2014; Oct. 11, 2012)
  • Academic All-Big Ten (2013)
  • Nebraska Scholar-Athlete Honor Roll (Fall 2012)
  • Big 12 Commissioner's Honor Roll (Fall, 2010; Spring 2011)
  • Three-Time Member of Junior America's Cup Team (Two-Time Captain, 2008, 2009)
  • Four-Time Nevada Class 2A State Champion (2006, 2007, 2008, 2009)
  • Callaway Junior World Championship Qualifier (2006, 2007, 2008, 2009)
  • Nevada State Women's Amateur Runner-Up (2008)
  • Nevada State Junior Amateur Champion (2008)

Best Career Finish: T2nd (2014 Mountain View)
Career Stroke Average: 77.98

Senior (2013-14)
One of Nebraska's most experienced golfers, Katelyn Wright produced the best season of her career as a senior for the Huskers. The Incline Village, Nev., led Nebraska with a 75.71 stroke average on the year, while tying for 15th at the 2014 Big Ten Championships. Wright produced seven top-25 finishes in 12 tournaments as a senior, including five top-15 showings and a trio of top-10 performances.

Wright joined fellow four-year starter Steffi Neisen as the only seniors on the NU roster in 2013-14. The duo competed alongside each other in 89 consecutive rounds to close their careers in the Nebraska lineup.

Wright produced a career-best 213 (71-72-70) to finish in a tie for second at the Mountain View Collegiate in Tucson, Ariz., March 28-29. Her final-round 70 tied for the best round of her career, while the tie for second with teammate Cassidy Stelzmiller was the best tournament showing of Wright's career. Wright won Big Ten Golfer-of-the-Week accolades for the second time in her career following her effort at Mountain View, when she helped the Huskers to their second team tournament title of the season.

Wright carded 76 or better in 14 consecutive rounds, including the first nine rounds of the spring, before settling for rounds of 87 and 78 at the SMU/Dallas Athletic Club Invitational April 4-5. She tied for 38th (78-82-77-237) at the Ohio State Spring Invitational, April 19-20.

Wright's 75.71 average ranked as the seventh-best single-season stroke average in school history. 

Wright got her senior season off to a strong start by tying for fifth at Nebraska's season-opening Chip-N Club Invitational. It marked the third top-five finish of Wright's career. She closed the three-round tournament at 220 (71-76-73), while matching her then-career-best with a one-under-par 71 in the opening-round.

Wright was NU's No. 3 finisher at the 13-team tournament, following individual champion Cassie Deeg and runner-up Steffi Neisen, while freshman Jordan Chael tied for ninth. The Huskers captured their first Chip-N Club Invitational title since 2008, while setting the tournament record with an 874.

Wright added her second straight top-25 finish to open the season by tying for 23rd (76-77-79-232) at the Minnesota Invitational, Sept. 16-17. She made it three consecutive top-25 showings by tying for 12th at the Marilynn Smith/Sunflower Invitational in Manhattan, Kan., Sept. 23-24. Wright produced a three-round score of 235 (80-81-74) an an unforgiving course at Colbert Hills that surrendered just three rounds at or below par over 54 holes to 81 competitors. It was her 10th career top-25 finish.

Wright claimed her fourth consecutive top-25 finish to open her senior season by tying for 25th in a 96-player field at the Hoosier Fall Invitational, Oct. 19-20. Wright led the Huskers with a three-round total of 225 (74-75-76) on a 6,062-yard, par-71 layout at Hickory Stick Golf Club in Greenwood, Ind. Wright's second round in Indiana marked the 100th round of her collegiate career.

She closed the fall tied with Chael as NU's No. 2 finisher, tying for 40th (74-76-150) at the wind-shortened Las Vegas Collegiate Showdown, Oct. 27-29. Wright finished the fall with Nebraska's No. 1 stroke average for the second straight fall season. She produced a 75.86 average over 14 rounds.

Wright opened the spring with a solid three-round score of 221 (75-70-76) at the Westbrook Spring Invitational in Mesa, Ariz., Feb. 23-24. Her second-round, two-under-par 70 was a career best.

"Katelyn has put herself in position to have an outstanding senior season," Nebraska Coach Robin Krapfl said. "It starts with hard work for Katelyn, whether it is on the course, in workouts or any other area that can help her become a better player. Katelyn has taken charge and put in the hours. It is pretty exciting to see her grow as a person and a leader."

Junior (2012-13)
Wright was a leader for the Huskers on the course in 2012-13, competing in the NU lineup for all 31 rounds while leading Nebraska with a 77.39 stroke average.

Wright produced four top-25 tournament finishes, including a pair of top five showings. She played the best golf of her collegiate career during the fall of 2012, leading the Huskers with a 75.13 stroke average over 15 fall rounds. She captured the first Big Ten Golfer-of-the-Week award of her career on Oct. 11, after a career-best tie for third with a career-best 217 (71-74-72) at the Price's "Give 'Em Five" Invitational in Las Cruces, N.M.

Wright followed up her performance at New Mexico State by tying for fourth (74-74-76-224) at the Missouri State/Payne Stewart Memorial, Oct. 15-16. It marked her second straight top-five finish and her fourth top-20 effort to begin the 2012-13 season.

Wright ended the fall with a 233 (81-77-75) at the Alamo Invitational, Oct. 28-30. Her opening round in San Antonio was her only score above 80 during the fall. In 12 of her 15 rounds, she posted scores of 76 or better, including a pair of one-under-par 71s and an even-par 72. The 71s came in the opening rounds of the Golfweek Conference Challenge and the Price's "Give 'Em Five" Invitational, and matched the best rounds of her career.

Wright opened the season with a tie for 11th at Nebraska's Chip-N Club Invitational (76-76-79-231) on the par-72 layout of the Country Club of Lincoln, Sept. 10-11. She added a tie for 20th in a loaded 18-team field at the Golfweek Conference Challenge in Wolcott, Colo., Sept. 24-26. Wright posted a three-round score of 222 (71-76-75) that included a career-best-tying 71 in the opening round.

Wright continued to play near the top of the NU lineup during the spring despite battling her health. She closed the season by finishing 58th at the Big Ten Tournament in French Lick, Ind., April 26-28, which pushed her spring stroke average to st NU's top stroke average during the spring with a 79.50 over 16 rounds.

She opened the spring by tying for 59th (79-81-75-233) at the Lady Puerto Rico Classic, Feb. 10-12. She added a tie for 48th (78-80-75-233) at the Westbrook Spring Invitational in Peoria, Ariz., Feb. 24-25, before tying for 59th (77-77-80-234) at the Clover Cup in Mesa, Ariz., March 9-10.

After shooting an 83 in a dual at Kansas on March 20, Wright tied for 52nd (80-85-80-245) to close the regular season at the SMU/Dallas Athletic Club Invitational, April 5-7.

Off the course, Wright earned academic All-Big Ten honors in 2013, and a spot on the Nebraska Scholar-Athlete Honor Roll in the fall of 2012.

Sophomore (2011-12)
Wright was a regular in the Nebraska lineup as a sophomore, competing in all 33 rounds. She showed steady improvement, posting the Huskers' No. 5 stroke average (79.06). She produced a breakthrough effort in NU's second spring tournament by tying for 15th with a season-best 218 (73-74-71) at the Westbrook Spring Invite in Peoria, Ariz., Feb. 26-27. Her final-round 71 was a career best.

Wright posted an 80.08 stroke average in 25 rounds as a freshman. She competed inside the Husker lineup in the spring at the BYU Entrada Classic in St. George, Utah, March 21-22. She tied for 48th (83-81-77-241) in the 82-player field in Utah, while her final-round 77 counted toward Nebraska's best team score of the 54-hole event. She added a lineup appearance at the Mountain View Collegiate later the same week in Tucson, Ariz. Wright produced a three-round score of 235 (78-82-75) to finish in a tie for 79th.

She continued to build momentum by tying for 21st with a 234 (80-78-76) in the BYU at Entrada Classic in St. George, Utah, March 19-20. She added a tie for 58th with a 230 (79-76-75) at the Mountain View Collegiate in Tucson, Ariz., March 23-24.

Wright added NU's No. 2 finish at the Ohio State Spring Invite to close the regular season. Her 239 (77-85-77) over three rounds tied for 35th. She closed the season by tying for 48th (84-80-73-237) at the 2012 Big Ten Tournament on the Ross Course in French Lick, Ind. Her final-round 73 was the third-best round of the tournament by a Husker, trailing only a pair of 71s by Madeleine Sheils. Over her final 15 rounds of the spring, Wright produced a 77.20 stroke average.

Wright opened the year by tying for 38th (82-82-79-243) at the Chip-N Club Invitational at the Country Club of Lincoln, Sept. 12-13. She added a tie for 55th (87-78-81-246) at the Edean Ihlanfeldt Invite in Sammamish, Wash., Oct. 3-5, before tying for 47th (81-79-78-238) at the Lady Northern in French Lick, Ind., Oct. 10-11.

She followed with a tie for 55th (83-78-84-245) at the Hoosier Fall Invite in Carmel, Ind., Oct. 17-18, before closing the fall campaign with a 231 to tie for 51st at the Alamo Invite, Oct. 30-Nov. 1. Her effort in San Antonio included a second-round 72. Wright opened the spring campaign by finishing 80th (80-85-84-249) at the Lady Puerto Rico Classic, Feb. 12-14.

Freshman (2010-11)
Wright posted an 80.08 stroke average in 25 rounds as a freshman. She competed inside the Husker lineup in the spring at the BYU Entrada Classic in St. George, Utah, March 21-22. She tied for 48th (83-81-77-241) in the 82-player field in Utah, while her final-round 77 counted toward Nebraska's best team score of the 54-hole event. She added a lineup appearance at the Mountain View Collegiate later the same week in Tucson, Ariz. Wright produced a three-round score of 235 (78-82-75) to finish in a tie for 79th.

Wright closed the regular season by tying for 10th (87-82-169) at the 49-player Creighton Golf Classic in Omaha. She produced her best tournament with a season-best 228 (77-74-77) to tie for 32nd at the Alamo Invite to close the fall.

Wright opened the spring by tying for 93rd (81-80-79-24) while playing as an individual in a 33-team field at the Kiawah Island Intercollegiate. She also competed as an individual outside the NU lineup at the UNLV Spring Invite in Boulder City, Nev., where she tied for 52nd. Her three-round score of 232 included a season-best 73 in the final round. She opened her career with a 74 in the first round of the Chip-N Club Invitational. Playing as an individual, Wright finished the rain-shortened event at 156 in a tie for 36th.

Wright earned a lineup spot at Nebraska's second tournament of the season, but struggled to a tie for 62nd (88-82-86-256) at the Marilynn Smith/Sunflower Invitational in Lawrence, Kan. She did not travel to the Johnie Imes Invite in Columbia, Mo., but joined the team as an individual at the Dale McNamara Invite in Owasso, Okla. She finished 71st (82-80-83-245).

High School/Amateur
Wright enjoyed a stellar prep career at Incline High School in Nevada for Coach Joe Humasti. In October of 2010, Wright became just the second high school player in the history of Nevada to win four consecutive individual state titles. She won the 2009 Class 2A crown by 26 strokes with a two-under-par 142 over two rounds at the Genoa Lakes Golf Club. Her final-round 70 came in cold, rainy conditions and included a sizzling 33 on the front nine. In 2008, she won the title by a staggering 28 strokes over just two rounds, to help Incline to a state runner-up finish as a team.

Wright's stroke average for her senior season was a 72, and she led the Highlanders to their first state team title since 2002, crushing runner-up Battle Mountain by 108 strokes.

As a junior golfer, Wright was a four-time qualifier for the Callaway Junior World Championships and was a three-time member of the Junior America's Cup team. She was also twice named the captain of that team. She was the 2008 Nevada Junior Amateur champion, and was the runner-up at the 2008 Nevada Women's Amateur.

A talented all-around athlete, Wright was a member of two state championship teams (track and golf, 2009), while adding six individual state crowns (four in golf, two in track). Wright was a first-team Class 2A all-state pick as a point guard on the Incline basketball team. She was an all-region selection, team MVP and earned four varsity basketball letters. She also lettered three times in track, where she helped Incline to the 2009 Class 2A state team title. Wright scored 36 points for the Highlanders, claiming a state title as a member of the 4x400-meter relay team, while adding runner-up honors in the 400, 800 and 4x100-meter relay. As a sophomore in 2008, Wright was named the track team's MVP after helping the 4x100-meter relay capture a state title, while adding a runner-up finish as a member of the 4x400-meter relay.

Off the course, Wright was the Incline Student Body President in 2009-10, after serving as the junior class vice president in 2008-09. She was also a member of the National Honor Society.

Personal
The daughter of Ron and Shelly Wright (Godeken), Katelyn has one younger brother, Jordan. Katelyn is majoring in textiles, merchandising, clothing and design at Nebraska. She earned academic All-Big Ten honors in 2013, and claimed a spot on the Nebraska Scholar-Athlete Honor Roll in the fall of 2012. She captured spots on the Big 12 Commissioner's Honor Roll during the fall of 2010 and the spring of 2011. 

Katelyn's mother, Shelly was a two-time All-Big Eight golfer for the Huskers in 1983 and 1984. Her father, Ron, is also a Nebraska graduate. Wright chose Nebraska over Baylor, Wyoming and Nevada, among many others.

Wright's Career Statistics

 

Year

Rounds

Strokes

Avg.

Low 18

Low 54

2010-11

25

2,002

80.08

73

228

2011-12 33 2,609 79.06 71 218
2012-13 31 2,399 77.39 71 217
2013-14 31 2,347 75.71 70 213

Totals

120

9,357

77.98

70

213

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