Nebraska women’s golf coach Jeanne Sutherland nearly retired from college coaching.
Last year, she took a job as an associate head coach with the Cornhuskers, after leading Texas A&M (1992-2007) and SMU (2011-21) for most of the past 30 years. Sutherland took over in Nebraska after Lisa Johnson, who has led the Husker program for the past three seasons, moved to Portland, Oregon, following her husband, John Johnson, who was named Portland State athletic director.
And now Sutherland’s Nebraska women’s golf team is off to a great start to the 2022-23 season.
A week after finishing second at the Green Wave Classic, three shots behind LSU, the Cornhuskers captured the Badger Invitational at the University Ridge Golf Course in Verona, Wisconsin. Nebraska, which finished 1-under 863, was the only team to finish under par for the tournament. It beat second place Notre Dame and Old Dominion by 11 shots.
“These first few weeks have been amazing,” Sutherland said. “The girls really came in and worked. Everything has fallen into place.”
Sutherland said the team learned a lot after the last round in Louisiana, and that it was able to take those lessons and capitalize on them.
Freshman Kelli Ann Strand, who won in her first collegiate start last week, finished in a tie for fourth after a 5-under67 in the final round. She was 3 under for the week. Miu Takahashi finished eighth at 1 under.
Rutgers senior Leigha Devine and Notre Dame sophomore Montgomery Ferreira finished first with 7-under 209, setting a new 54-hole scoring record at the Badger Invitational. Devine also made it to the par-3 12th hole on the second round.
Rutgers senior Leigha Devine after the Badger Invitational in 2022. (Photo: Wisconsin Athletics)
Six years of drought broken
Ball State junior Kiah Parrott set numerous records en route to her first collegiate win at the Brittany Kelly Cardinal Classic at The Players Club in Yorktown, Indiana.
In addition, Parrott became the first Ball State golfer to win an individual title since 2017, setting a 54-hole scoring record at 9-under 207, beating the old record by nine shots. She had 14 birdies in the tournament.
“Winning the tournament this week means the world, especially because it was our home tournament and the first home tournament I got to play in,” said Parrott.
Loyola-Chicago took the team win and it was the first for coach Brandy Johnston, who came from Division III Carthage College in Wisconsin.
Wake wins again
Wake Forest took his 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 to finish at 21-under 831 for the tournament, beating Central Florida by three shots. Virginia led 36 holes and finished third at 16-under 836.
Tunrada Piddon of UCF shot 11-under 202 to win the individual competition, beating Rachel Kuehn of Wake Forest and Bailey Davis of Tennessee by one shot. Wake Forest’s Carolina Lopez-Chacarra finished a shot behind Kuehn and Davis in solo fourth.
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 golfers to enter between December. 1-15, 2022.
In addition, the Division I Council now allows athletes who plan to enroll in another program after graduation to access the transfer portal at any time.
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