Nebraska's Deeg excels in maiden season

WOLCOTT, Colo. – Cassie Deeg isn’t a name with which many college golf fans are familiar. Deeg is a Northern player who excels in foul weather –she grew up in Minnesota, after all. That might explain the Nebraska freshman’s early advantage at the Golfweek Conference Challenge.

Deeg was one of 11 players to shoot under par Monday at Red Sky Golf Club’s Fazio Course. The morning began with a cold drizzle, but afternoon sunshine prevailed as Deeg finished at 3-under 69. She trails leader Chirapat Jao-Javanil of Oklahoma by one shot.

So far, college golf has agreed with Deeg. She led Nebraska in preseason qualifying but finished 36th at the Huskers’ first event, the Chip-N Club Invitational.

“It was a transition, it’s very different,” said Deeg, who didn’t travel the country much as a junior player. She played the U.S. Girls’ Junior in 2008 and 2011, and laughs about traveling to the Hartford Golf Course in West Hartford, Conn., as an eighth grader in 2008.

“I was so nervous,” she said.

But Deeg is over that now. Perhaps that’s what happens when a player win the Minnesota Class 4AAA State High School Championship. Deeg had five birdies in her opening round at Red Sky and 28 putts. That is the key to her success, and it’s more impressive since Deeg had never before played mountain golf, where breaks in the greens are difficult to read because of side hills and elevation changes. Deeg loved every minute of it.

“The air is different,” she said of Colorado. “The way I played today, I knew where to miss it.”

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