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Girls' Amateur Golfer of the Year Award (2017)

HUNKE CLAIMS GIRLS' GOLFER OF THE YEAR HONORS

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.

Hunke 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.

Hunke kept 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 finished runner-up.

Hunke took 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.

Hunke will 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 eMagazine.


HISTORY

Year Award Recipient Hometown
2017 Hannah Hunke Snyder
2016 Hannah Thiele Wahoo
2015 Haley Thiele Wahoo
2015 Hannah Thiele Wahoo
2014 Haley Thiele Wahoo
2013 Haley Thiele Wahoo
2012 Danielle Lemek Doniphan
2011 Danielle Lemek Doniphan
2010 Danielle Lemek Doniphan
2009 Danielle Lemek Doniphan
2008 Armana Christianson Omaha
2007 Anna Christenson Lincoln
2006 J.C. Stevenson Grand Island
2005 J.C. Stevenson Grand Island
2004 Kristen Kosch Bellevue
2003 Kristen Kosch Minden
2003 Leigh Sutton Lincoln
2002 Leigh Sutton Lincoln
2001 Sara Sackett Cambridge
2000 Beth Anne Cherry Lincoln
1999 Elizabeth Morrell McCook
1998 Elizabeth Morrell McCook