LINCOLN, Neb. - Bradley women's golf recruit Danielle Lemek (Doniphan, Neb./Doniphan-Trumbull) continued her summer hot streak by routing the field in the Girls 16-18 age group to win this week's Nebraska Junior PGA Championship at Highlands Golf Course.
By winning the Nebraska tournament, Lemek has qualified for the Junior PGA Championship, July 31-Aug. 3, in Fort Wayne, Ind., at Sycamore Hills Golf Club.
Lemek followed up Wednesday's opening-round 74 with a second-round 71 for a final, 1-over 145 in the 36-hole tournament, finishing 12 shots ahead of runner-up Sarah Pravecek. Lemek posted two of the three sub-80 rounds by the field, highlighted by her 1-under-par 71 in the final round. Lemek entered Thursday's final round with a 7-shot lead, but kept her foot on the gas throughout the day by putting up five birdies, including the first, 17th and 18th holes. Among her 36 holes in the tournament, Lemek posted six birdies, 23 pars and seven bogeys and she did not score worse than a bogey on any one hole.
Prior to this week's PGA Junior Championship performance, Lemek qualified for the Optimist International Junior Golf Championship by winning her Nebraska qualifier with a single-round 73 Monday at Wayne (Neb.) Country Club. Last week, she became the first-ever, 4-time winner of the Nebraska Girls' Match Play Championship for her 11th Nebraska state championship.
Lemek will join the Braves this fall as part of a 3-player recruiting class that also includes Jenna Roadley (Winnipeg, Manitoba/Sturgeon Heights Collegiate School) and Allison Walsh (Mt. Prospect, Ill./Mt. Prospect H.S.). Roadley, who was the Manitoba High School Provincial champion last fall after qualifying for four major championship tournaments during the summer of 2011, will join Lemek at the 2012 Optimist International Junior Golf Championship. Walsh was the 2011 Illinois High School Association "AA" individual medalist.
The trio of incoming freshmen will join a group of four returning letterwinners from the 2012 Bradley squad that led the State Farm Missouri Valley Conference Women's Golf Championship with six holes remaining. Thea Hedemann was the MVC Newcomer of the Year and earned All-Valley honors by tying for fifth in the league championship, while fellow sophomore Christie Lin led the 2011-12 Braves with a 77.6 stroke average and was the league's Player of the Week Feb. 29.