LINCOLN — Bradley University junior Danielle Lemek tied the Nebraska Women’s Amateur tournament scoring record of even-par 216 Wednesday in capturing the title for the first time.
The Doniphan native shot par 72 in the final round to win by five strokes over NU junior Morgan Smejkal from Columbus.
“My 72, I had to work hard for it,” Lemek said. “It wasn’t like I was hitting greens and two-putting everything. I had some up-and-downs for pars from crazy places.”
Lemek, whose best finish in the stroke-play tournament had been second in 2009 at the Country Club of Lincoln, shot the first 68 in tourney history in the second round.
Her winning score tied what Sarah Sasse shot at Beatrice Country Club in 2000 when the Husker All-American from Lincoln won by a then-record 17 strokes.
“This course is to be had,’’ Lemek said, “but you have to hit the right shots still to do it.”
Hidden Valley, which played to 5,934 yards for the championship division, hosted its first state amateur tournament. Cathy Day, the tournament chairman who played in the first flight, aced the 16th hole Wednesday.
Lemek gave Smejkal only one real opening, pulling her drive into a pond on the second hole and taking bogey 6 while Smejkal made birdie to return to three strokes down.
Smejkal bogeyed two of the next three holes, then bogeyed the sixth while Lemek made birdie to fall seven off the pace.
Smejkal shot 40 on the front nine, three strokes more than Lemek.
“My lag putting on the front nine was terrible,’’ Smejkal said. “I had three of them that would up as bogeys and there’s three shots right there.
“I didn’t feel like I had to shoot anything wild today. I thought if I played like yesterday (a 71) or a little better I’d be fine.”
During the tournament, Lemek and her father, Scott, were houseguests of Lincoln Pius X girls golf coach Steph Kolbas and her husband, Vlad. The first-round leader, Kolbas finished fourth.
“Every year I see improvement in her game,’’ Kolbas said. “Her short game is a lot better. She’s tough to beat when she’s on.”
Lemek also had support from Bradley volleyball player Lea Sack, her roommate the past two years from Pius X.
“Winning is a great feeling,’’ said Lemek, who was the Missouri Valley Conference player of the year. “I’ve been working hard on my game the past couple months.”
Danielle Lemek, Doniphan 76-68-72—216
Morgan Smejkal, Columbus 76-71-74—221
Isabella Baldacci, Norfolk 79-72-72—223
Stephanie Kolbas, Lincoln 72-79-76—227
McKayla Anderson, Fremont 81-76-78—235
Sarah Pravecek, Omaha 77-82-79—238
Kaitlyn Krzyzanowski, Scottsbluff 83-77-80—240
Janice Baumberger, Lincoln 80-77-84—241
Brittany Holen, Omaha 80-82-80—242
Amy Ahlers, Albion 85-79-80—244
Ana Summers, Kearney 84-81-84—249
Kelsey Marshall, Lincoln 86-86-79—251
Calie Trusler, Omaha 82-86-86—254
Kim Barmettler, Omaha 85-85-86—256
Jane Pohlman, Omaha 88-83-85—256
Annie Pearson, Omaha 87-89-88—264
Makenna Kroeker, Lincoln 87-92-94—273
Makenzie Fuss, Omaha 95-97-89—281
Julie Hall, Norfolk 80-79-81—240