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Nebraska women’s golf coach Jeanne Sutherland came close to retiring as a college coach.
Last year, she took a job as associate head coach with the Cornhuskers after spending most of the past 30 years managing Texas A&M (1992-2007) and SMU (2011-21). Sutherland took over at Nebraska after Lisa Johnson, who ran the Husker program the past three seasons, moved to Portland, Oregon, following her husband, John Johnson, who was named athletic director at Portland State.
And now, Sutherland’s Nebraska Women’s Golf Team is off to a terrific start to the 2022-23 season.
A week after finishing second in the Green Wave Classic, three shots behind LSU, the Cornhuskers captured the Badger Invitational at University Ridge Golf Course in Verona, Wisconsin. Nebraska, which finished at 1-under 863, was the only team to finish under par in the tournament. He edged out second-place Notre Dame and Old Dominion by 11 shots.
“These first two weeks have been incredible,” Sutherland said. “The girls have really come and worked. Everything has clicked.”
Sutherland said the team learned a lot after their final round in Louisiana, and was able to take those lessons and capitalize on them.
Freshman Kelli Ann Strand, who won in her first college start last week, finished tied for fourth after hitting a five-under-par 67 in the final round. She was 3 under for the week. Miu Takahashi finished eighth at 1 under par.
Rutgers senior Leigha Devine and Notre Dame sophomore Montgomery Ferreira tied for first with 7-under-par 209, setting a new 54-hole scoring record at the Badger Invitational. Devine also won the par 3 12th hole during the second round.
The six-year drought is over
Ball State junior Kiah Parrott set numerous records en route to her first college victory in the Brittany Kelly Cardinal Classic at The Players Club in Yorktown, Indiana.
Additionally, Parrott became the first Ball State golfer to win an individual title since 2017, and set a 54-hole scoring record at 9-under-par 207, beating the previous record by nine strokes. She had 14 birdies in the tournament.
“Winning the tournament this week means a lot, especially since it was our home tournament and the first home tournament I ever played in,” Parrott said.
Loyola-Chicago picked up the team victory, and it was the first for coach Brandy Johnston, who came from Division III Carthage College in Wisconsin.
wake wins again
Wake Forest earned its second win in as many weeks at the Mercedes-Benz Intercollegiate at Cherokee Country Club in Knoxville, Tennessee. The Demon Deacons shot 12-under in the final round and finished at 21-under 831 for the tournament, outscoring Central Florida by three shots. Virginia held the 36-hole lead and finished in third place with a 16-under 836.
UCF’s Tunrada Piddon shot an 11-under 202 to win the singles competition, outscoring Wake Forest’s Rachel Kuehn and Tennessee’s Bailey Davis by one shot. Wake Forest’s Carolina López-Chacarra finished a shot behind Kuehn and Davis in fourth place.
More transfer news
The NCAA Division I Board of Directors recently made changes to the transfer portal, including opening and closing dates for specific sports. For men’s golf, the portal will open on May 4, 2023 and close on June 17, 2023. For women’s golf, it will open on April 27, 2023 and close on June 10, 2023. There will also be a window for you to golfers enter between December 1, 2023 1-15, 2022.
furthermore, the The Division I Council now allows athletes who plan to enroll in another program after graduation to enter the transfer portal at any time.
Cameron Jourdan covers college and amateur golf for Golfweek. Do you have a college or amateur history? Email him at [email protected]