Huskers’ Whittaker Pushes to Top After Round Two

Huskers' Whittaker Pushes to Top after Round Two

Round Two Conducted Tuesday at Wilderness Ridge Country Club

LINCOLN (August 2, 2022) - Elkhorn's Megan Whittaker had a stellar performance in Round Two of the 48th Nebraska Women's Amateur Championship and took the 36-hole lead on Tuesday at Wilderness Ridge Country Club in Lincoln.

Whittaker, who won the Nebraska Women’s Match Play Championship in May, was one of only two players to shoot under-par in Round Two. She and Julia Karmazin both shot 69 (-2), moving Karmazin into tied-fourth at 149 (+7) and Whittaker into first at 139 (-3) overall. 

The temperatures were even higher on Tuesday, but a slight breeze helped Whittaker keep her cool, as she would card a birdie on her second hole. The Husker was 1-under through six holes, but a bogey-birdie-bogey finish would leave her even with par heading into the turn.

Whittaker heated up with the afternoon, carding four-straight pars to start her second nine. It would only get better from there, with birdies on three of her last five holes. A front nine 34 (-2) would put her three strokes ahead of the field after Round Two. 

Haley Thiele of Wahoo, who won the championship in 2017 and 2019, is three strokes back at 142 (E). She got off to a hot start, 2-under through her first five holes. However, she would record three bogeys and no more birdies, finishing the day with a 72 (+1).

The first round leader, Allison Comer of Kearney, also recorded a birdie on her second hole, but Wilderness Ridge would fight back, and she would finish the day with a 76 (+5).

Several Huskers join Whittaker near the top of the leaderboard. Lindsey Thiele of Wahoo is tied for sixth at 150 (+8), and Miu Takahashi is tied for 12th at 155 (+13).

Julia Karmazin is tied for fourth after going low in her second round, and her sister Emily is tied for 10th. Nebraska Women’s Mid-Amateur champion Carrie Bostar is also tied for 10th, joining Nebraska Girls’ Match Play Champion Kaitlyn Hanna of Omaha at 152 (+10).

The championship concludes on Wednesday, with the final round beginning at 8 a.m. Pairings are available on the championship website below, along with the scoring page and additional information.

Nebraska Women's Amateur Championship

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