Jean

Gilpin

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Player
Year: Senior
City/State: Ainsworth, Neb.
High School: Ainsworth

Bio

Honors & Awards

  • All-Big Eight (1986)
  • Three-Time Big Eight Championships Competitor
    (5th, 1986; T20th, 1985; 14th, 1984)

Senior (1985-86)
One of three seniors on Nebraska's 1985-86 roster, Jean Gilpin capped a solid four-year NU career by earning All-Big Eight honors for the Huskers. The Ainsworth, Neb., native closed her Nebraska career with a fifth-place tie to earn all-conference honors at the Big Eight Championships at the Country Club of Lincoln.

Gilpin's impressive showing featured a season-best three-round tournament score of 234, including a season-best 75 in the final round - NU's best individual round in the tournament. Gilpin's final round also included the first hole-in-one of her career on the par-three, 139-yard 14th hole, which was also the first hole-in-one in the history of the Big Eight Championships.

She joined fellow senior Kari Mangan on the All-Big Eight squad, after Mangan finished one shot ahead of Gilpin in third place at 233. Gilpin helped the Huskers to a third-place team finish, trailing only Oklahoma State and Oklahoma.

A four-year letterwinner for the Huskers, Gilpin posted a career-best 81.75 stroke average over 16 rounds for the Huskers as a senior.

Gilpin competed in just two tournaments during the fall, posting a solid 244 in three rounds to tie for 20th individually at the OSU Cowgirl Invite, before closing her fall campaign at the Iowa Invitational. She played consistently solid golf for NU at the North Texas Lady Eagle and the Susie Maxwell Berning Classic, before managing a 166 in two rounds to tie for fourth individually at Kansas State to tuneup for the league tournament.

Gilpin closed her career with an 83.99 stroke average over 69 rounds. She was also a standout in the classroom, posting nearly a 3.5 GPA as a physical education major to help the women's golf team post the highest team grade-point average (3.14) of any women's varsity sport at Nebraska in 1985-86.

Junior (1984-85)
Gilpin continued her progression on the course by competing in a career-high 23 rounds while improving her season stroke average to 83.30, which ranked third among the Huskers.

She produced the best tournament performance of her career with an impressive 231 at the Panther Invitational, which included a career-best opening-round 74 and a final-round 75. Gilpin opened the year with a solid 242 at the prestigious Susie Maxwell Berning Classic to help the Huskers to a fifth-place team finish in a 15-team field, before managing a 265 at the Cowgirl Invite, which included a second-round 77.

After her strong performance at Northern Iowa, she posted a 169 in two rounds at the Kansas Invite, before contributing a solid 249 to help the Huskers to a second-place showing at the Mizzou Invitational. She managed a 254 to open the spring campaign at the Rayburn Country Classic, before pitching in a 247 in three rounds at the OU Invite. Gilpin capped her junior season by tying for 20th (259) at the Big Eight Championships in Manhattan, Kan., as the Huskers tied for fifth in the team standings.

Sophomore (1983-84)
After getting a taste of varsity action as a freshman, Gilpin was a staple in the Husker lineup as a sophomore. She competed in 21 rounds and posted an 86.05 stroke average to rank fifth on the squad.

She saved her best tournament for last, firing a season-best 248 to finish 14th at the Big Eight Championships in Columbia, Mo. Gilpin's effort, which included a 79 in the final round, helped the Huskers to a second-place team finish as Nebraska's No. 3 finisher behind tournament runner-up Cathy Nelson and fourth-place finisher Shelly Godeken.

Gilpin opened the season with a 252 at the Lady Northern, which included a season-best 78 in the second round. She added a 260 in three rounds at the Mizzou Invitational, before competing for the Huskers at the South Alabama Invitational and the Big Red Invite in Norman, Okla. She helped the Huskers to a second-place team finish at the Wichita State Invitational, before matching her season-best with a final-round 78 at Kansas State.

Freshman (1982-83)
Gilpin played well in limited action during her first season as a Husker. The Ainsworth, Neb., native made the first appearance of her career at the Kansas Jayhawk Invitational, managing a 269 over three rounds. She bounced back with a strong showing at the Mizzou Invitational, firing a season-best 243 that included a final-round 76. Gilpin closed her rookie season with a 252 at the Iowa Invitational during the spring.

She capped her freshman campaign with an 84.89 stroke average over nine rounds to earn her first of four varsity letters. She did not compete at the Big Eight Championships, when the Huskers won the conference title.

Gilpin's Career Statistics

Year

Rounds

Strokes

Avg.

Low 18

Low 54

1982-83

9

764

84.89

76

243

1983-84

21

1,807

86.05

78

248

1984-85

23

1,916

83.30

74

231

1985-86

16

1,308

81.75

75

234

Totals

69

5,795

83.99

74

231

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