Hanna Leads Nebraska Girls' Amateur Again After 18 Holes
BEATRICE (July 30, 2019) – Omaha’s Kaitlyn Hanna put together a stellar round and holds the 18-hole lead for the second straight year, following the first round of the 19th Nebraska Girls’ Amateur Championship at Beatrice Country Club on Tuesday.
Hanna, the 2018 NSAA Class A Co-champion, played consistent all day, only putting two bogeys on the card throughout the entire round. She was 1-over through most of the back nine, after a bogey on the par-4 12th hole, but a birdie on the 17th hole moved her back to even-par. A par on No. 18 put her in the lead by five strokes with a round of 72 (E). Hanna, who will be a sophomore at Omaha Westside this fall, also held the first-round lead, by two strokes, last year. She eventually finished tied for third in 2018.
Future teammates at the University of South Dakota Danica Badura of Aurora and Jalea Culliver of Omaha are tied for second, five strokes back. Badura had a rough start to her round, turning with a 39 (+3) on the front, but recovered well, birdieing Nos. 15 and 16 to get back to within five of Hanna. Culliver, who was the Class A Co-champion with Hanna, struggled on the front nine as well, but cleaned things up on the back nine, including a birdie on the par-3 15th. She parred Nos. 17 and 18 on her way in to shoot a 77 (+5), to tie Badura and get into the final group.
Brynn Sundquist of Lincoln and Nicole Kolbas of lincoln are tied for fourth after shooting each shot 79 (+7). Sundquist birdied Nos. 13 and 14, but a double-bogey on the finishing hole dropped her back to 7-over. Kolbas wasn't able to put any birdies together, but she played steady and made par on 12 of her 18 holes.
Emma Mullendore of Bellevue and Katie Ruge of Omaha both shot 80 (+8) and are tied for sixth. There is a three-way tie for eighth between Madi Schlaepfer of Gering, Emily Karmazin of Omaha, and Neely Adler of Omaha, who all shot 83 (+11).
The final round begins at 8 a.m. on Wednesday, with the final group of Hanna, Badura, and Culliver set to tee off at 9:30 a.m. Full results and more can be found on the championship website below.
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