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Michaela Vavrova: Big Ten Women’s Golfer of the Week Elevates Nebraska’s Profile


Just one day after concluding a record-breaking round at the Sam Golden Invitational, Michaela Vavrova of the Nebraska women’s golf team was named the Big Ten Women’s Golfer of the Week on September 13. The senior from Bojnice, Slovakia, distinguished herself with a career-best score of 205 (-11), earning her the second Big Ten Golfer of the Week award in her collegiate career.

The Exceptional Performance

Vavrova’s recent accomplishments at the Oakmont Country Club in Corinth, Texas, from September 11-12, have been nothing short of extraordinary. Competing on the par-72, 6,413-yard course, Vavrova turned in rounds of 69-68-68. These scores helped her tie for fifth place in a competitive field of 71 players, which included seven NCAA Regional-qualifying teams from 2023. With this performance, Vavrova beat her previous career-best tournament total by an impressive 11 strokes.

Historical Context

Vavrova’s 205 at the Sam Golden Invitational has historical significance for Nebraska’s golf program. Her score marks the third-best individual score in school history. She now stands behind only Kate Smith, who scored 202 at the 2018 Westbrook Spring Invitational, and current teammate Kelli Ann Strand, who also posted a 202 at the 2022 Green Wave Classic.

Previous Honors and Upcoming Events

This isn’t the first time Vavrova has been recognized for her exceptional play; she won her first Big Ten Golfer of the Week award on October 6, 2021, after claiming her first career tournament title at the Stampede at the Creek in Elkhorn, Nebraska. Additionally, Vavrova was named the 2022 Slovakian Player of the Year and has been a long-time member of the Slovakian National Team program.

Vavrova and her Husker teammates will be back on the course soon at the Mary Fossum Invitational, which will be held at the Forest Akers West Golf Course in East Lansing, Michigan, from September 17-18.


Michaela Vavrova’s remarkable performance at the Sam Golden Invitational has not only earned her individual accolades but has also contributed to elevating the profile of the Nebraska women’s golf team. As a seasoned player and a recognized talent both in the U.S. and Slovakia, Vavrova will undoubtedly be a player to watch in the upcoming Mary Fossum Invitational and beyond. Her consistent achievements serve as a testament to her skill and dedication, making her a key asset to the Nebraska Huskers as they continue to compete at a high level.

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