Strand Claims All-Big Ten Honors


Nebraska’s Kelli Ann Strand captured second-team All-Big Ten honors for the second straight season, when the conference announced its annual women’s golf awards on Tuesday, April 30.

Strand, a sophomore from Challis, Idaho, carries a school-record 71.17 stroke average through 29 rounds this season and is ranked among the top 100 golfers nationally heading into next week’s NCAA Cle Elum Regional in Washington (May 6-8). She has produced eight top-25 individual finishes on the season, including four top-10 showings.

She also earned second-team All-Big Ten honors as a true freshman in 2023 while posting a then-school-record 72.05 stroke average in helping the Huskers qualify for the NCAA Raleigh Regional. She tied for 30th individually in Raleigh after tying for 20th at the 2023 Big Ten Championship.

In addition to Strand’s All-Big Ten honors, Nebraska senior Michaela Vavrova earned a Big Ten Sportsmanship Award. A four-year starter for the Huskers from Bojnice, Slovakia, Vavrova led Nebraska with her tie for 28th at the 2024 Big Ten Championship in Havre de Grace, Md. She finished the season with a career-best 74.48 stroke average over 29 rounds. The two-time Slovakian National Player of the Year is a three-time member of the Tom Osborne Citizenship Team and a 2023 Sam Foltz 27 Hero Leadership Award recipient.

2024 Big Ten Women’s Golf Awards
Player of the Year: Monet Chun, Michigan
Freshman of the Year: Ashley Yun, Northwestern
Coach of the Year: Emily Fletcher, Northwestern

All-Big Ten First Team
Jennifer Cai, Northwestern
Monet Chun, Michigan
Kary Hollenbaugh, Ohio State
Katie Lu, Michigan State
Patricie Mackova, Maryland
Caley McGinty, Ohio State
Lauryn Nguyen, Northwestern
Isabel Sy, Illinois

All-Big Ten Second Team
Hailey Borja, Michigan
Nicha Kanpai, Maryland
Ashley Kozlowski, Purdue
Jieni Li, Northwestern
Isabella McCauley, Minnesota
Kelli Ann Strand, Nebraska
Momo Sugiyama, Purdue
Ashley Yun, Northwestern

2024 Big Ten Sportsmanship Awards
Isabel Sy, Illinois
Caroline Craig, Indiana
Kaitlyn Hanna, Iowa
Maria Vittoria Corbi, Maryland
Hailey Borja, Michigan
Megan Furtney, Minnesota
Leila Raines, Michigan State
Michaela Vavrova, Nebraska
Dianna Lee, Northwestern
Faith Choi, Ohio State
Drew Nienhaus, Penn State
Jocelyn Bruch, Purdue
Leigha Devine, Rutgers
Vanessa Ho, Wisconsin