Wahoo’s Haley Thiele hits her tee-shot from the No. 16 tee-box during first round action at the Nebraska Women’s Amateur in York on Wednesday. Following a 76 on Friday, Thiele was crowned the 2019 champion with an eight-stroke win at the York Country Club.

YORK – When Wahoo’s Haley Thiele made the turn on Friday she was in complete control as she held a double digit lead in the Nebraska Women’s Amateur at the York Country Club.

Thiele, who will be a senior on this year’s Nebraska Women’s golf team then had a few hiccups on the back nine as she saw her lead dip to six strokes at one time before shooting a 76 and winning the Amateur title by eight strokes in the 54-hole tournament.

Thiele had a seven on the par-four No. 10 hole; an eight on the par-five No. 12 hole and ended the tournament with a six on No. 18.

Despite those few bad holes Thiele ended with 220, while second place Danica Badura of Aurora had a 228.

Tied for third was Beatrice’s and Nebraska teammate Kirsten Baete with a 230 and another Husker golfer, Megan Whitaker of Elkhorn also with a 230.

North Platte’s Baylee Steele who just qualified for the International Optimist Tournament in York in early June finished in fifth place with a 235. Steele will travel to Miami mid-July to compete at the Trump National Golf Course in Miami in the International Optimist Tournament.

Haley’s sisters, Hannah and Lauren were sixth and seventh respectively. Rounding out the top 10 was Nicole Kolbas of Lincoln, Ricki Hickstein of Chadron and Aspen Luebbe of Columbus.

In the non-championship flights the following were winners of their flights; in the first flight it was Sara Nordlund of Elkhorn; in the second flight the winner was Bev Guzinski of Tekamah and the third flight winner was Pat Hancock of Cairo.

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