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Thiele leads the pack as Nebraska Women's Amateur heads to final day

Thiele leads the pack as Nebraska Women's Amateur heads to final day

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Incoming University of Nebraska freshman Lindsey Thiele took a two-stroke lead heading into Wednesday's final round of the Nebraska Women's Amateur at the Country Club of Lincoln.

Thiele's 1-over-par 73 on Tuesday left her two shots ahead of Aurora's Danica Badura, who will be a freshman at South Dakota this fall, and current Husker Nicole Hansen.

Another shot back is former Husker Sarah Sasse-Kildow, who is playing in the event for the first time since 2011. Sasse-Kildow's even-par 72 Tuesday was the low round of the day.

Thiele was threatening to take an even bigger lead before finishing bogey-double bogey. A bogey-bogey finish from Badura kept her from tying for the lead.

Another current Husker, Beatrice's Kirsten Baete, rounded out the top five after back-to-back rounds of 74. 

The final group of Thiele, Badura and Hansen is set to tee off at 12:30 p.m.

Kansas-Nebraska Cup set: The Prairie Dunes Country Club in Hutchison, Kansas, will host the 35th Kansas-Nebraska Junior Cup on Wednesday and Thursday.

Nebraska has won both times at Prairie Dunes, in 1990 and 2010, and has held the cup the past two years, though Kansas leads the series 19-15.

The Nebraska team consists of captain Craig Badura of Aurora; Jason Kolbas of Lincoln; Christopher Atkinson, Omaha; Marcus Eriksen, Grand Island; Luke Gutschewski, Elkhorn; Jake Kluver, Norfolk; Josh Kramer, Omaha; Reed Malleck, York; and Charlie Zielinski, Omaha.

Foursomes and four-ball matches are Wednesday, with singles matches Thursday.

Smith in holding pattern: The U.S. Women's Amateur, where Nebraska golfer Kate Smith is competing, was put on hold Tuesday because of Hurricane Isaias.

The storm dumped more than 2½ inches of rain on Woodmont Country Club on Monday night into Tuesday, but play is expected to resume Wednesday morning with the second round of stroke play qualifying.

Smith was tied for 15th after an even-par 72 in Monday's opening round, putting her in prime position to advance to the 64-player match play portion of the event.

She has a noon Eastern tee time Wednesday.

Contact the writer at cbasnett@journalstar.com or 402-473-7436. On Twitter @HuskerExtraCB.

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