Nebraska closed the 2022-23 season with its best NCAA Regional total in school history, capping the three-round tournament at 893 (+29) to take ninth place in a 12-team field in Raleigh, N.C., on Wednesday.
Nebraska’s team total over 54 holes was six shots better than the 899 recorded by the Huskers at the 2000 NCAA West Regional in Tempe, Ariz.
NU’s final-round 295 (+7) on the 6,324-yard, par-72 layout at the Lonnie Poole Golf Course at North Carolina State marked the second-best round by a Husker team at a regional, just one stroke shy of a 294 in the first round of the 2008 NCAA Central Regional in Austin, Texas. The Huskers also closed the season with a school-record 292.21 team stroke average, smashing the previous mark of 298.77 set a year ago. by 6.56 strokes.
Freshman Kelli Ann Strand (Challis, Idaho) led the Nebraska with an even-par 72 in the final round, ending the tournament in a tie for 30th individually at 220 (+4). Strand’s 54-hole score matched the best score by a Husker individual in NCAA Regional history, joining Kirsten Baete (2022 NCAA Stanford Regional) and JC Stevenson (2008 NCAA Central Regional).
Strand finished her first year at Nebraska by setting the school stroke average record (72.05), surpassing All-American and Big Ten Champion Kate Smith’s previous mark of 72.18 set in 2019-20. Strand also shattered Smith’s previous Husker freshman stroke average record (73.90) set in 2016-17.
Megan Whittaker also completed her outstanding Nebraska career with a strong round, carding a 74 (+2) to take 35th at 222 (+6). The graduate student from Elkhorn, Neb., capped her five-year Husker career with a 73.48 stroke average over 38.5 rounds. Her season average ranked as the fourth best in Nebraska history, while her 75.58 career stroke average over 118.5 rounds also ranked fourth in the Big Red record book.
Miu Takahashi notched a final-round 73 (+1) on Wednesday. The sophomore from Nasu-machi, Japan capped her first career NCAA Regional appearance in a tie for 42nd at 226 (+10). She closed her second season at Nebraska with a 73.49 stroke average over 37.5 rounds to set the school sophomore record, eclipsing Smith’s previous record of 73.66 in 2017-18.
Michaela Vavrova (Bojnice, Slovakia) and Lindsey Thiele (Wahoo, Neb.) put all five Huskers in the final top 50 in the 66-player regional. Vavrova…
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