Huskers in the hunt in Minnesota

Jordan Chael

Minneapolis - The Nebraska women's golf team will contend for its second straight tournament title when the Huskers play the final round at the Minnesota Invitational on Tuesday.

Nebraska, which won its season-opening Chip-N Club Invitational last week, managed rounds of 303 and 312 to enter Tuesday's final 18 holes in a tie for fourth in a 12-team field in Minnesota. The Huskers' two-round total of 615 matched Texas State in fourth place. NU is just seven strokes back of the second-place hosts from Minnesota and Kent State, which both closed the day at 608.

Big Ten counterpart Illinois heads into the final round with a five-stroke lead over the Golden Gophers and Golden Flashes, while the Big Red sit 12 strokes back of the Fighting Illini.

True freshman Jordan Chael led Nebraska on Monday, producing a seven-over-par 151 (75-76) on the 6,119-yard layout at the Minikahda Club. Chael, a native of Overland Park, Kan., takes aim at her second straight top-10 finish to open her career, after taking ninth at the Chip-N Club Invitational.

Steffi Neisen is also in position for her second consecutive top-10 performance. The senior from New Prague, Minn., enters the final round tied for eighth at 152, just one stroke back of Chael after producing back-to-back rounds of 76 in her home state. Neisen earned a runner-up finish in the Chip-N Club Invitational last week at Wilderness Ridge.

Husker Katelyn Wright is also in contention for another top-10 finish. The senior from Incline Village, Nev., finished the opening 36 holes in a tie for 13th, just one shot back of Neisen. Wright managed rounds of 76 and 77 to close the day at 153. She opened the season with a tie for fifth at the Chip-N Club Invite.

Sophomore Cassie Deeg, who is coming off her first career title at the Chip-N Club, faltered in the second round with an 83, after carding a solid 76 to open the day. The Hugo, Minn., enters the final round at 159 in a tie for 37th.

Sophomore Cassidy Stelzmiller rounded out the NU contingent in a tie for 59th at 169 (84-85).

Kent State's Jennifer Ha moves into the final 18 holes atop the individual leaderboard at three-over-par 147. Ha fired a second-round 71 to take a one-stroke lead over Stephanie Miller (76-72-148) from Illinois. Miller's teammate Ember Schuldt is alone in third at 149, while Emily Joers (Illinois) and Sirene Blair (San Diego State) are tied for fifth at 150, just one shot ahead of NU's Chael.

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