Nebraska Girls’ Match Play Championship



57th Nebraska Girls' Match Play Championship

Awarii Dunes Golf Club, Axtell

June 17-19, 2019

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Lauren Thiele Joins Sisters as Girls' Match Play Champion

A familiar name will be engraved on the Nebraska Girls’ Match Play Championship trophy, as Lauren Thiele of Wahoo joins her sisters Haley and Hannah as a champion, winning the 57th Nebraska Girls' Match Play Championship at Awarii Dunes Golf Club in Axtell. Thiele defeated Omaha’s Jalea Culliver in the Final, 3 and 2, to take her first title, and the fourth for the Thiele family. Haley won in 2013 and 2014, and Hannah won in 2015. Visit the Scoring tab above for the final bracket, and see the highlights, interview, recap and more below.


Enter This Championship Online

Entry Deadline: 5pm CDT on Monday, June 10, 2019


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 to the USGA Rules of Amateur Status as specified in the USGA Rules of Golf.

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 $50 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 16. No refund for any reason after June 16. 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 10, 2019. 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 39 players. If more than 39 entries are received by the June 10, 2019 deadline, the field will be comprised of players that filed entries by the deadline in these categories:

1. Top 25 in the final 2018 NGA Girls’ Point Standings
2. Class winners of the 2018 NSAA High School Girls Golf Championships
3. Two (2) host club selections
4. Remainder of the field determined by order of entry

List of Entries

Practice Rounds
Available at a time convenient to Awarii Dunes at a rate of $20 (walking). To make arrangements for practice rounds, please contact the Awarii Dunes golf shop at (308) 743-1111.

Championship Schedule (Based on Full Field)
Monday, June 17 - Stroke Play Qualifying
7 a.m. - Practice Areas Open
7 - 10 a.m. - Player Registration
8 - 10 a.m. - Boys’ Starting Times (1 & 10 Tee)
11 a.m. - 3 p.m. - Player Registration
1 - 3 p.m. - Girls’ Starting Times (1 Tee)
1 - 3 p.m. - Boys’ Starting Times (10 Tee)

Tuesday, June 18
7 a.m. - Practice Areas Open
8 –9:50 a.m. - Round One Match Play (1 & 10 Tee)
1 –2:50 p.m. - Round Two Match Play (1 Tee)

Wednesday, June 19
7 a.m. - Practice Areas Open
8 - 8:30 a.m. - Boys Quarterfinals (1 Tee)
8:40 – 8:50 a.m. - Girls Semifinals (1 Tee)
1:00 — 1:10 a.m. - Boys Semifinals (1 Tee)
1:20 p.m. - Girls 18-Hole Final (1 Tee)
Following Golf - Girls' Awards Ceremony

The NGA has set up a rate for players at the Holiday Inn ($89.95 plus tax) and the Holiday Inn Express ($99.95 plus tax) in Kearney. Both hotels are less than 10 minutes from Awarii Dunes. Please call the numbers below and reference the Nebraska Junior Match Play to make reservations.

Holiday Inn – (308) 237-5971
Holiday Inn Express – (308) 234-8100

Awarii Dunes Golf Club

524 S Road
Axtell, NE 68924
Golf Shop Phone - (308) 743-1111
Website -

General Manager - Jeff Perdew

Director of Golf - Chad Lydiatt

Head Superintendent - Brad Childress

Course Yardage

2019Lauren ThieleWahooAwarii Dunes Golf Club, Axtell
2018Megan WhittakerElkhornYork Country Club
2017Lacie FoxBeemerWild Horse Golf Club, Gothenburg
2016Megan WhittakerElkhornThe Pines Country Club, Valley
2015Hannah ThieleWahooKearney Country Club
2014Haley ThieleWahooHeritage Hills Golf Course, McCook
2013Haley ThieleWahooThe Country Club of Lincoln
2012Danielle LemekDoniphanYork Country Club
2011Danielle LemekDoniphanAshland Golf Club
2010Danielle LemekDoniphanWillow Lakes Golf Course, Bellevue
2009Danielle LemekDoniphanStone Creek Golf Course, Omaha
2008Armana ChristiansonOmahaYork Country Club
2007Kylie SmithOmahaWayne Country Club
2006J.C. StevensonGrand IslandThe Field Club of Omaha
2005Brittany PeplerScottsbluffEagle Hills Golf Course, Papillion
2004Kristen KoschBellevueCross Creek Golf Links, Cambridge
2003Rachel ByleenLincolnYankee Hill Country Club, Lincoln
2002Leigh SuttonLincolnQuail Run Golf Course, Columbus
2001Sara SackettCambridgeWayne Country Club
2000Beth Anne CherryLincolnRiverside Golf Club, Grand Island
1999Elizabeth MorellMcCookThe Country Club of North Platte
1998Elizabeth MorellMcCookHoldrege Country Club
1997Megan O'DeaKearneyHillcrest Country Club, Lincoln
1996Sarah SasseLincolnFremont Golf Club
1995Sarah SasseLincolnBeatrice Country Club
1994Elizabeth BahenskyKearneyKearney Country Club
1993Sarah SasseLincolnBeatrice Country Club
1992Maureen ReaganOmahaLochland Country Club, Hastings
1991Heidi WallLincolnOak Hills Country Club, Omaha
1990Melissa JohnsonOmahaElks Country Club, Columbus
1989Michelle UherOmahaNorfolk Country Club
1988Angie WilsonLincolnAshland Country Club
1987Angie WilsonLincolnHappy Hollow Club, Omaha
1986Angie WilsonLincolnThe Country Club of Lincoln
1985Ann GuibersonOmahaRiverside Golf Club, Grand Island
1984Ann GuibersonOmahaFremont Golf Club
1983Lisa PapesLincolnThe Field Club of Omaha
1982Kerre DubinskyLincolnHillcrest Country Club, Lincoln
1981Jan HoustonMindenBeatrice Country Club
1980Shelly GodekenAlmaOmaha Country Club
1979Cathy NelsonOmahaElks Country Club, Columbus
1978Val SkinnerNorth PlatteOak Hills Country Club, Omaha
1977Cathy CurryColumbusLochland Country Club, Hastings
1976Cathy CurryColumbusNorfolk Country Club
1975Cathy CurryColumbusHappy Hollow Club, Omaha
1974Val SkinnerNorth PlatteThe Country Club of Lincoln
1973Nanette CircoOmahaRiverside Golf Club, Grand Island
1972Nanette CircoOmahaBeatrice Country Club
1971Nanette CircoOmahaField Club of Omaha
1970Gabrielle MatlockGrand IslandHillcrest Country Club
1969Nancy KirschSouth Sioux CityFremont Golf Club
1968Evelyn HeinmannWahooHappy Hollow Club
1967Kathy WatersOmahaHighland Country Club
1966Kathy WatersOmahaFremont Golf Club
1965Kathy WatersOmahaHillcrest Country Club
1964Christie SwartzkopfLincolnField Club of Omaha
1963B.E. ColwayOmahaBeatrice Country Club

Nebraska Girls' Match Play Championship Records 1963-2018


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

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:

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
Riverside Golf Club, Grand Island 2
The Field Club of Omaha 2

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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