Lindsey Thiele wins Nebraska Match Play Championship

Wahoo native Lindsey Thiele won the first state match play title of her career.
Wahoo native Lindsey Thiele won the first state match play title of her career.(NU Athletic Communications)
Published: Jun. 7, 2023 at 2:54 PM CDT|Updated: Jun. 7, 2023 at 4:32 PM CDT
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LINCOLN, Neb. (NU Athletic Communications) - Husker golfer Lindsey Thiele captured the first state women’s match play title of her career with a 2 & 1 win over Kaitlyn Hanna in the 100th Nebraska Women’s Match Play Championship on Wednesday at the Happy Hollow Club in Omaha.

Thiele, a rising senior from Wahoo, jumped to a quick lead over Hanna (Omaha) by winning the first hole, then pushed her edge to 2 up after winning again on No. 4. Hanna, a freshman at Iowa in 2022-23, cut Thiele’s lead in half with a win on No. 6, before the two golfers matched each other shot for shot over the next five holes.

Thiele went 2 up with a win on No. 12, before Hanna fought back with a win on No. 14. Thiele then strengthened her grip on victory with a win on No. 16 to move to 2 up again. Thiele matched Hanna on No. 17 to secure the championship.

Thiele advanced to Wednesday’s championship match with a 6 & 5 win over Allison Comer (Kearney) in Tuesday’s semifinals. Thiele opened Tuesday’s action by outlasting Cecilia Arndt (Columbus) over 22 holes.

Thiele opened match play with a 1 up win over her younger sister, Lauren, who recently redshirted in her first season at Wichita State. Lauren finished second in the stroke play portion of the tournament with a 73, while Lindsey qualified in a tie for 15th with former Husker teammate Nicole Hansen.

Lindsey Thiele gives the Huskers a state women’s match play champion for the third consecutive year, following victories by teammates Megan Whittaker (2022) and Kirsten Baete (2021).

Thiele joins her older sister Hannah, also a three-year letter winner as a Husker golfer, as a Nebraska Women’s Match Play champion. Hannah earned the title in 2016, when she also captured the state stroke play crown. Their oldest sister, Haley, a four-year Husker letter winner, also won the state women’s stroke play title in 2017.

The 2023 Nebraska Women’s Amateur Championship will be played at the Fremont Golf Club, July 31-Aug. 2.