Congratulations are in order for Robin Krapfl, who is retiring after 32 years as the University of Nebraska-Lincoln head women’s golf coach.
Since the announcement, Krapfl said she has really appreciated “all the nice notes and phone calls and comments from my former players. It really meant a ton to me.
“We had so many great student-athletes on the team.”
One of them became a Husker Hall of Famer – Sarah Sasse-Kildow.
“Just a fantastic player who got everything out of her skills,” Krapfl said.
Krapfl also mentioned current Husker Kate Smith as one of the best of all-time and expressed a special fondness for underdog standout Allison Stewart, who was part of the program from 2004 to 2008.
“Someone called me and said, ‘Hey, there’s this girl from (Vermillion) South Dakota who really wants to be a Husker.’ I looked at her resume, and it really wasn’t that impressive.”
But Krapfl got to know more about Stewart and her family and decided to make her a Husker.
“I had a feeling I should take a chance on her.”
“She came on and worked her tail off. She would play 18 holes before practice started. She ended up playing a ton and being on those teams that went to nationals. She just turned out to be a truly special person on and off the golf course.”
Krapfl said she still plans to be on the golf course a lot – playing. She’s also excited about having more time for travel and tennis.
“I love tennis,” she said. “Last year, I had to miss the (USTA) state tennis tournament because I had to be out on the road recruiting.”
Wishing happy times to Robin and husband, Dick. Good folks.
Revisiting small-town courses
Thanks for the recommendations on best small-town courses, friends.
Sounds like I need to get to the northeast part of the state to play some golf this summer.
Roger Millnitz writes:
“Northeast Nebraska is blessed with some beautiful nine-hole courses. My favorite is at Hartington. It’s a pretty, well-kept course in rolling hills south of Yankton, several miles off U.S. 81.
“Honestly, it’s a nine-hole Country Club of Lincoln. Lush, green, well-kept, with fairways lined by huge trees. Very nice clubhouse and patio area. Worth a trip.
Roger also recommended Tatanka, Wayne and Norfolk Country Club.
From Tom Heany:
“One that comes to mind is the golf course in Friend. Well-kept. Not too hard or too easy. One more is Albion Country Club. One of the best nine-hole courses in Nebraska.”
Appreciate the tips, fellas.
• Excited about the news that construction is underway on the Topgolf location in Omaha, near 102nd and Nicholas (Westroads area). It should be ready for action next spring.
• Congratulations to Lincoln pro Jim White, who now holds the record for most appearances in the PGA Club Pro Championship. He has qualified for the prestigious event 30 times. That’s a lot. Way to go, Jim.