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Girls' Amateur Golfer of the Year Award (2018)

STRICKLAND IS NEBRASKA GIRLS' GOLFER OF THE YEAR

Omaha - The Nebraska Golf Association is proud to announce the selection of Lincoln’s Kate Strickland as the 2018 Nebraska Girls’ Amateur Golfer of the Year.



At just 14-years-old, Strickland is the youngest player to win this award, which was first presented in 1998. The young Strickland had the award wrapped up before she even attended her first high school class. Now a freshman at Lincoln Southwest, Strickland burst onto the scene in her first season competing at the championship level. She’s long been a successful junior competitor, winning on the Nebraska Junior Golf Tour and she was the first Nebraskan to qualify for the national Drive, Chip and Putt Finals at Augusta National back in 2014. This year, she made the jump to play in the NGA’s junior championships, and she did not miss a step, winning one and finishing runner-up at the other.

Strickland kicked off her season by making a run at the 56th Nebraska Girls’ Match Play Championship at York Country Club in June. She entered match play as the No. 7 seed and made presence known, winning her first two matches before outlasting Seward’s Kendra Placke in a 22-hole semifinal battle. Strickland had to turn around and play the No. 1 seed Megan Whittaker of Elkhorn in the final that afternoon, and put up a fight, but ran out of gas and fell, 3 and 2. It was Whittaker’s second title in three years.

A month later, Strickland was ready for another shot. She trailed by three strokes after the first round of the 18th Nebraska Girls’ Amateur Championship at Elks Country Club in Columbus. She took charge on the back nine with a key birdie on the par-4 14th, and cruised into the clubhouse to win by two strokes with a final round 75 (+3). Strickland is the youngest to win the Girls’ Amateur as well, winning just three-and-a-half months after her 14th birthday.

In addition to her success at the junior level, Strickland stepped up to compete in the women’s championships. She advanced to the quarterfinals of the 2018 Nebraska Women’s Match Play Championship at Yankee Hill Country Club in Lincoln, and finished tied for sixth at the 2018 Nebraska Women’s Amateur Championship at Beatrice Country Club.

Strickland will be honored at the Nebraska Golf Association's annual awards banquet on Friday, November 16 at Omaha Country Club. 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 Strickland in the upcoming December Issue of Nebraska Golfer.

HISTORY

Year Award Recipient Hometown
2018 Kate Strickland Lincoln
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