By Andrew Nelson, Contributor
Last season, the University of Nebraska at Omaha women’s golf team left Keller, Texas with a fourth place finish in the Summit League Golf Championships. Two Mavericks finished tied for sixth overall that day, Brooke Thilges and returning junior Sophie Peters. Peters, who accomplished much in the season last year, is just in her second year as a Maverick.
Peters enters her second year in Omaha after transferring from Morningside College in Sioux City, Iowa where she played her freshman year. Peters owns two school records at Morningside– lowest score in a shooting round of 73 (set twice), and season scoring average with an average score of 80.1.
Peters is the oldest on a young squad of golfers this season, but this young team will be looking to make an impact this spring when the championship season is in full swing. Despite being the oldest she doesn’t feel that much more experienced than anyone else
“A little bit, but I still feel pretty young here, it’s only my second year here at UNO.”
Including Peters, this year’s team will consist of three sophomores and two freshmen.
Peters came into her sophomore season last year and held her own, transitioning to the Division One level. She was one of only three players on the team to play in all 23 rounds last season, and finished second on the team in team scoring with a stroke average of 82.5.
She finished with the top six rounds shot by a Maverick last season, and eight of the top ten rounds shot. Peters had the team’s best 36-hole score last season with a 154 at the Concordia University Invitational, but what she says is her best accomplishment in her golfing career so far was last season at Missouri State in the Payne Stewart Memorial golf tournament.
“I would have to say my favorite accomplishment so far would have to be last season at Missouri State where I shot a 73 and finished fifth,” Peters said.
That score of 73 was the lowest round shot by a Maverick last season, which helped her on to a fifth place finish in a field of 93.
Peters comes from Fremont, Neb. where her mother, Maggie Peters, was her high school golf coach. Along with her mother another golfer influences Peters.
“Stacy Lewis: I really like her work ethic, and the way she plays,”Peters said.
The Ladies Professional Golf Association player won the Women’s British Open last August.
A valedictorian in high school, Peters is a biology major and also pre-med here at UNO.
The UNO women’s golf team will be looking to one-up their finish at the Summit League golf championships come this spring.
“Our goal is to stay at the same spot or do better this season,” Peters said. “Everyone has a specific part of their game they want to improve on, and if we do that and practice well we’ll play well at the big tournaments.”
Peters cherishes golf, the sport than transcends age and time.
“Golf is something I can play for the rest of my life. It teaches you life lessons like honesty and self-control.”
The UNO Women’s golf team will compete in the UMKC Fall Invitational this weekend in Kansas City, Mo. Friday and Saturday with rounds beginning at 8 a.m. They’ll return to Nebraska to wrap the season up Oct. 18 at the Bellevue Shootout in Bellevue, Neb. at noon.