Nebraska Girls’ Match Play Championship

59th Nebraska Girls' Match Play Championship

Heritage Hills Golf Course, McCook

June 22-24, 2021

Another Thiele Win at Heritage Hills

Wahoo's Lauren Thiele won a title at the same place her oldest sister won seven years ago, taking the the 59th Nebraska Girls' Match Play Championship at Heritage Hills Golf Course in McCook. Thiele defeated Papillion's Sydney Taake, 2 and 1, to win her second title. Her sister, Haley, won the 2014 Nebraska Girls' Match Play Championship at Heritage Hills, by defeating their other sister, Hannah. Visit the Scoring tab above for the final bracket, and watch the champion interview below.



Enter This Championship Online

Entry Deadline: 5pm CDT on Monday, June 14, 2021


Entrant must be a female junior amateur golfer who is a resident of Nebraska and a member of Nebraska Junior Golf. A junior golfer is defined as an amateur golfer who has not yet reached the September 1 following graduation from secondary school.

Amateur Status: All players must conform with the Rules of Amateur Status as approved by the USGA.

Code of Conduct:

The NGA may reject an entry application, revoke an accepted application, expel from the Championship and/or suspend a player from future championships if the player engages in conduct detrimental to the integrity and image of the game of golf and/or public confidence in the NGA. Such conduct may include, but is not limited to, damage to the golf course or the player's equipment, verbal or physical abuse of spectators, officials, volunteers, or staff, blatant or excessive profanity, disorderly behavior, failure to abide by club rules, or any other unbecoming conduct.

Entry Fee

Entry fee of $70 must be paid by every player. Entry fee will be refunded regardless of reason if the NGA is notified (402-505-4653) before the close of entries. After the close of entries, fee will be refunded in the event of injury or illness, if requested no later than June 21. No refund for any reason after June 21. A $25 service charge will be deducted from all refunds.

Closing Date

Entries must be received by NGA no later than 5 p.m. C.D.T. on Monday, June 14, 2021. Late applications are not acceptable and will be automatically rejected. (Entries by telephone, e-mail, or FAX not acceptable.) Time limit for entries means time of receipt at NGA (not time entry is sent or transmitted to NGA). Entries should be submitted early to allow ample time for delay or error in transmission. The risk of delay or error in transmission lies solely with the entrant and the NGA will have no liability with respect to any such delay or error and the consequences therefrom, including rejection of the entry.


The championship field will be limited to 45 players. If more than 45 entries are received by the June 14, 2021 deadline, the field will be comprised of players that filed entries by the deadline in these categories:

1. Top 25 in the final 2020 NGA Girls’ Point Standings
2. Top 5 class finishers at the 2020 NSAA High School Girls Golf Championships
3. Two (2) host club selections
4. Remainder of the field determined by order of entry

Entries Received

Practice Rounds
Each player is entitled to one practice round, free-of-charge (walking), on Monday, June 21. Tee times are based on availability, so please call the Heritage Hills GC golf shop at (308) 345-5032 and reserve your time as soon as possible.

Additional practice rounds prior to June 21 are available at a time convenient to Heritage Hills at a rate of $15 (walking) or $33 (with cart). To make arrangements, please contact the Heritage Hills GC golf shop at (308) 345-5032.

Championship Schedule
Monday, June 21 - Practice Rounds
All Day - Practice Rounds (Included in entry fee, see Practice Round policy above)

Tuesday, June 22 - Stroke Play Qualifying
7 a.m. - Practice Areas Open
7 a.m. - 10 a.m. - Player Registration
8 a.m. - 10 a.m. - Boys’ Starting Times (1 & 10 Tee)
12 p.m. - 3 p.m. - Player Registration
1 p.m. - 3 p.m. - Girls’ Starting Times (1 Tee)
1 p.m. - 3 p.m. - Boys’ Starting Times (10 Tee)

Wednesday, June 23
7 a.m. - Practice Areas Open
8 a.m. - 9:50 a.m. - Round One Match Play (1 & 10 Tee)
1 p.m. - 2:50 p.m. - Round Two Match Play (1 Tee)

Thursday, June 24
7 a.m. - Practice Areas Open
8 a.m. - 8:30 a.m. - Boys Quarterfinals (1 Tee)
8:40 a.m. - 8:50 a.m. - Girls Semifinals (1 Tee)
1 p.m. - 1:10 p.m. - Boys Semifinals (1 Tee)
1:20 p.m. - Girls 18-Hole Final (1 Tee)

Cobblestone Hotel and Suites, McCook - (308) 777-2000

Heritage Hills Golf Course

6000 Clubhouse Rd
McCook, NE 69001
Golf Shop Phone - (308) 345-5032
Website -

Head Golf Professional - Tyler Loop

Superintendents - Clint Coleman & Chris Vontz

Course Yardage

1 4 321
2 5 473 408
3 4 341
4 4 354
5 3 150 128
6 4 286 235
7 3 116
8 5 498
9 4 289
Out 36 2,828
10 4 346
11 4 343
12 3 180 165
13 4 353
14 5 505
15 4 370
16 3 135 115
17 5 454
18 4 339
In 36 3,025
Total 72 5,853

2021 Lauren Thiele Wahoo Heritage Hills Golf Course, McCook
2020 Danica Badura Aurora Oakland Golf Club
2019 Lauren Thiele Wahoo Awarii Dunes Golf Club, Axtell
2018 Megan Whittaker Elkhorn York Country Club
2017 Lacie Fox Beemer Wild Horse Golf Club, Gothenburg
2016 Megan Whittaker Elkhorn The Pines Country Club, Valley
2015 Hannah Thiele Wahoo Kearney Country Club
2014 Haley Thiele Wahoo Heritage Hills Golf Course, McCook
2013 Haley Thiele Wahoo The Country Club of Lincoln
2012 Danielle Lemek Doniphan York Country Club
2011 Danielle Lemek Doniphan Ashland Golf Club
2010 Danielle Lemek Doniphan Willow Lakes Golf Course, Bellevue
2009 Danielle Lemek Doniphan Stone Creek Golf Course, Omaha
2008 Armana Christianson Omaha York Country Club
2007 Kylie Smith Omaha Wayne Country Club
2006 J.C. Stevenson Grand Island The Field Club of Omaha
2005 Brittany Pepler Scottsbluff Eagle Hills Golf Course, Papillion
2004 Kristen Kosch Bellevue Cross Creek Golf Links, Cambridge
2003 Rachel Byleen Lincoln Yankee Hill Country Club, Lincoln
2002 Leigh Sutton Lincoln Quail Run Golf Course, Columbus
2001 Sara Sackett Cambridge Wayne Country Club
2000 Beth Anne Cherry Lincoln Riverside Golf Club, Grand Island
1999 Elizabeth Morell McCook The Country Club of North Platte
1998 Elizabeth Morell McCook Holdrege Country Club
1997 Megan O'Dea Kearney Hillcrest Country Club, Lincoln
1996 Sarah Sasse Lincoln Fremont Golf Club
1995 Sarah Sasse Lincoln Beatrice Country Club
1994 Elizabeth Bahensky Kearney Kearney Country Club
1993 Sarah Sasse Lincoln Beatrice Country Club
1992 Maureen Reagan Omaha Lochland Country Club, Hastings
1991 Heidi Wall Lincoln Oak Hills Country Club, Omaha
1990 Melissa Johnson Omaha Elks Country Club, Columbus
1989 Michelle Uher Omaha Norfolk Country Club
1988 Angie Wilson Lincoln Ashland Country Club
1987 Angie Wilson Lincoln Happy Hollow Club, Omaha
1986 Angie Wilson Lincoln The Country Club of Lincoln
1985 Ann Guiberson Omaha Riverside Golf Club, Grand Island
1984 Ann Guiberson Omaha Fremont Golf Club
1983 Lisa Papes Lincoln The Field Club of Omaha
1982 Kerre Dubinsky Lincoln Hillcrest Country Club, Lincoln
1981 Jan Houston Minden Beatrice Country Club
1980 Shelly Godeken Alma Omaha Country Club
1979 Cathy Nelson Omaha Elks Country Club, Columbus
1978 Val Skinner North Platte Oak Hills Country Club, Omaha
1977 Cathy Curry Columbus Lochland Country Club, Hastings
1976 Cathy Curry Columbus Norfolk Country Club
1975 Cathy Curry Columbus Happy Hollow Club, Omaha
1974 Val Skinner North Platte The Country Club of Lincoln
1973 Nanette Circo Omaha Riverside Golf Club, Grand Island
1972 Nanette Circo Omaha Beatrice Country Club
1971 Nanette Circo Omaha Field Club of Omaha
1970 Gabrielle Matlock Grand Island Hillcrest Country Club
1969 Nancy Kirsch South Sioux City Fremont Golf Club
1968 Evelyn Heinmann Wahoo Happy Hollow Club
1967 Kathy Waters Omaha Highland Country Club
1966 Kathy Waters Omaha Fremont Golf Club
1965 Kathy Waters Omaha Hillcrest Country Club
1964 Christie Swartzkopf Lincoln Field Club of Omaha
1963 B.E. Colway Omaha Beatrice Country Club

Nebraska Girls' Match Play Championship Records 1963-2021


Most titles: 4, Danielle Lemek (2009, 2010, 2011, 2012)
Other Multiple Champions:
Angie Wilson 3
Cathy Curry 3
Kathy Waters 3
Nanette Circo 3
Sarah Sasse 3
Ann Guiberson 2
Elizabeth Morell 2
Haley Thiele 2
Val Skinner 2
Megan Whittaker 2
Lauren Thiele 2

Consecutive titles: 4, Danielle Lemek, 2009 to 2012; 3, Kathy Waters, 1965 to 1967; Nanette Circo, 1971 to 1973; Cathy Curry, 1975 to 1977; Angie Wilson, 1986 to 1988; 4 others with back-to-back titles
Longest Span, First to Last Victory: 4 years, Val Skinner (1974-1978); 3 years, Sarah Sasse (1993-1996); Danielle Lemek (2009-2012)
Longest Span Between Victories: 4 years, Val Skinner (1974-1978)


Most Times Host Site:

Riverside Golf Club, Grand Island 3
Beatrice Country Club 3
The Country Club of Lincoln 3
York Country Club 3
Wayne Country Club 2
Fremont Golf Club 2
Oak Hills Country Club, Omaha 2
Elks Country Club, Columbus 2
Happy Hollow Club, Omaha 2
Hillcrest Country Club, Lincoln 2
Lochland Country Club, Hastings 2
Norfolk Country Club 2
The Field Club of Omaha 2
Heritage Hills Golf Course 2*

*After hosting in 2021

Match Play

Largest Winning Margin, 18-Hole Final: 8 & 7, Danielle Lemek, twice, 2009 defeated McKenzie O’Connell (Stone Creek GC) and 2012 defeated Hannah Thiele (York CC)

Longest Final Match: 19 holes, Sarah Sasse defeated Elizabeth Bahensky, 1995 (Beatrice CC); Kylie Smith defeated Anna Christenson, 2007 (Wayne CC)

Most Consecutive Match Play Victories: 16, Danielle Lemek, 2009-2012; 11, Haley Thiele, 2013-2015 (Lost in Final)


Most Runner-Up Finishes: 
Lori Cimpl 2*
Kristen Kosch 2
Katherine Morell 2*
Hannah Thiele 2

*Never won

Most Times in Final:

Danielle Lemek 4*
Angie Wilson 3*
Cathy Curry 3*
Kathy Waters 3*
Nanette Circo 3*
Sarah Sasse 3*
Kristen Kosch 3
Hannah Thiele 3

*Never lost a Final


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