Omaha - The Nebraska Golf Association
is proud to announce the selection of Hannah Hunke of Snyder as
the 2017 Nebraska Girls' Amateur Golfer of the Year.
was the best female junior golfer in 2017, but that didn't stop
her from taking on those outside her age bracket, or even those
of the other gender. Hunke's year started with her competing on
the boys' golf team at West Point's Guardian Angels Central Catholic.
Not only did she compete, she led her team to a berth in the Class
D Championship. In a field of more than 90 boys, Hunke continued
to show her talents, putting together rounds of 83 (+11) and 84
(+12) to earn a medal, tying for 13th place. Her team finished
seventh out of 15 teams.
that momentum rolling a couple weeks later at the 55th Nebraska
Girls' Match Play Championship at Wild Horse Golf Club in Gothenburg.
She tied for the second lowest score in Stroke Play Qualifying,
and earned the No. 4 seed for match play. From there, she faced
some tough competition, but continued to come out on top until
she faced friend and fellow Indian Trails Country Club member,
Lacie Fox of Beemer, in the final. Fox won the title, and Hunke
on the best girls' juniors in the state on her home course, with
Indian Trails hosting the 17th Nebraska Girls' Amateur Championship
in July. Hunke was one of just three players to post two rounds
in the 70s, with rounds of 79 (+8) and 77 (+6) on a challenging
golf course to finish fourth.
In the 2017
NWAGA Match Play Championship at Platteview Golf Club in Bellevue,
Hunke upset the No. 4 seed in the opening round, Doniphan's Brandi
Lemek, a UNK golfer. Then another win came in the quarterfinals,
this one over Omaha's Marcia Morell. She eventually fell to former
Husker Kayla Barnes of Papillion in the semifinals.
In June, Hunke
also tied for second at the Nebraska Junior PGA Championship at
The Pines Country Club in Valley, and finished in the Top 5 at
the U.S. Girls' Junior Sectional Qualifier at Elks Country Club
in Columbus, just missing out on a qualifying spot.
be honored at the Nebraska Golf Association's annual awards banquet
on Friday, November 17 at The Country Club of Lincoln. In addition,
the NGA will recognize its Amateur Golfer of the Year, Junior
Amateur Golfer of the Year and Senior Amateur Golfer of the Year.
The Nebraska Women's Amateur Golf Association's Player of the
Year will also be honored.
Read the full
story on Hunke in the upcoming Winter Issue of the Nebraska Golfer