Wahoo’s Haley Thiele Leading Women’s Amateur Champs in York

The 2017 champion is at it again, as Wahoo’s Haley Thiele leads by three strokes after the first round of the 45th Nebraska Women’s Amateur Championship at York Country Club on Wednesday.

The opening round was delayed 90 minutes due to severe weather and heavy rains, but play eventually started at 9:30 a.m. in difficult conditions. Thiele made five birdies during her round of 72 (+2), including a closing birdie on the 18th hole. She was three strokes better than Husker teammate Megan Whittaker of Elkhorn, who shot 75 (+5). Whittaker, who won the 2018 Nebraska Girls’ Match Play Championship at York Country Club, had an adventurous front nine, making three pars, three birdies and three bogeys. She started birdie-birdie, and held the lead for a while, before finishing bogey-double-bogey.

The Championship Division has 36 holes left to play over the next two days, with the second round scheduled to start at 8 a.m. on Thursday. The Non-Championship Division will start their tournament tomorrow morning at the same time, playing just 36 holes to complete the event.