UNK's Comer Leads 48th Nebraska Women's Amateur
Round One Conducted Monday at Wilderness Ridge Country Club
LINCOLN (August 1, 2022) – Allison Comer of the University of Nebraska-Kearney put together a flawless round and leads the 48th Nebraska Women’s Amateur Championship after the first round at Wilderness Ridge Country Club in Lincoln on Monday.
Comer, a rising junior on the Loper golf team from Overland Park, Kansas, did not make a single bogey and added three birdies for a round of 68 (-3). She leads by two strokes over a couple of decorated players, Wahoo's Haley Thiele and Elkhorn's Megan Whittaker.
It was a steady front nine for Comer, with the heat index reaching into the 100s but little wind to deal with. She made nine straight pars to make the turn in 36 (E). Comer then heated up with the weather, making three birdies on the back nine for a 32 (-3). That included the only birdie of the day on the difficult 413-yard par-4 18th to close out her round.
Thiele, the 2017 and 2019 Champion, had a great round rolling, with birdies on Nos. 6, 8 and 10 to get to 3-under. However, back-to-back bogeys on Nos. 11 and 12 dropped her back to 1-under. Six-straight pars closed out her round, a 70 (-1).
Whittaker, the reigning Nebraska Women's Match Play Champion, also was in red numbers through 10 holes, after birdies on Nos. 8 and 10. However, she would bogey the same holes, Nos. 11 and 12. Whittaker bounced back though, with birdies on Nos. 13 and 16, before a closing bogey dropped her back into a tie with Thiele at 70 (-1).
Husker golfer Miu Takahashi shot 72 (+1) and is in fourth. Three players are tied for fifth at 73 (+2), including the two-time defending champion, Danica Badura of Aurora. She's joined by two-time NGA champion, Kaitlyn Hanna of Omaha, and another UNK golfer, Brooke King.
Wahoo's Lindsey Thiele, Papillion's Sydney Taake and Lincoln's Ellynne Honnens round out the Top 10, tied for eighth at 76 (+5).
The championship continues Tuesday, with the Championship Division's second round, beginning at 8 a.m., and the Tournament Division's first round, also beginning at 8 a.m.
Pairings for the Tuesday's round are available on the championship website below, along with the scoring page and additional information.
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