OMAHA, Neb. — Katherine Lemke was named BIG EAST Freshman of the Year and First Team All-BIG EAST and Debbie Conry shared BIG EAST Coach of the Year honors on Tuesday, May 3. The selections were made by the league’s head coaches, who were not permitted to vote for their own players.
Conry earns her first Coach of the Year honor at the league level after helping the Bluejays to a fourth place finish at the recently-completed BIG EAST Championship. The Bluejays fired a 54-hole total of 903, its best mark at the league championships since joining the BIG EAST, with Lemke winning a one-hole playoff to become Creighton’s first women’s medalist at a conference meet.
Creighton’s 306.27 scoring average is nearly seven shots better than its previous best mark on file and a 14 improvement over the 2020-21 campaign. CU student-athletes have authored nine individual rounds under par and won the Creighton Classic in October. In the final round of the Coeur d’Alene Resort Collegiate Invite in September, the Bluejay team shot a 292 to beat the previous school record by three shots. CU’s golfers own a pair of individual titles (both by Lemke), eight top-five finishes and 13 top-10 showings.
This is Conry’s 29th year leading the Creighton’s women’s golf program, while she also headed the Bluejay men’s golf team from 1993-2005.
Conry shared the honor with Xavier coach Breanna Jenco, who won her fourth Coach of the Year honor in seven seasons with the Musketeers.
A native of Geneva, Ill., Lemke has enjoyed unparalleled success in her rookie season at Creighton. She earned her spot in next week’s NCAA Regionals at the BIG EAST Championship on April 23rd, becoming Creighton’s first BIG EAST individual champion in any sport when she rolled in a 20-foot putt on the first playoff hole. Her 213 total at the tournament was the best 54-hole score by a Bluejay since at least 2003-04 and a figure that hasn’t been surpassed by any player at any school at the league championship since 2013. Lemke was the first freshman to earn medalist honors at the BIG EAST Championship since Georgetown’s Jacquelyn Eleey in 2015.
Lemke has played 30 rounds this season, with four of those under par. Her 75.97 scoring average is the best by a Bluejay since at least 2003-04 and has helped her to four top-five finishes in 10 events played. Prior to earning medalist honors at the BIG EAST Championship, she had won the Creighton Classic on Oct. 12 and finished as the runner-up on April 12th at Stampede at the Creek.
She is Creighton’s first women’s golfer to be named First Team All-Conference since Celeste Gassman earned First Team All-Missouri Valley Conference recognition in 2012-13.
The first postseason qualifier in program history, Lemke’s appearance in the NCAA Regionals will take place at University of Michigan Golf Course in Ann Arbor, Mich. She’s set to tee off at 7 a.m. Central for the three-day event, which begins on Monday.
Xavier sophomore Emma McMyler has been named BIG EAST Player of the Year in women’s golf. In addition to McMyler and Lemke, the All-BIG EAST Team includes: Ally Ross of Butler, Megan Gormley of Georgetown, Jessie Kweon of St. John’s, Margot Bechadergue of Seton Hall and Kara Carter of Xavier.
BIG EAST Player of the Year
Emma McMyler, Xavier
BIG EAST Freshman of the Year
Katherine Lemke, Creighton
BIG EAST Coaching Staffs of the Year
All-BIG EAST Team
Ally Ross, Butler, Gr., West Lafayette, Ind.
Katherine Lemke, Creighton, Fr., Geneva, Ill.
Megan Gormley, Georgetown, So., Palos Verdes Estates, Calif.
Jessie Kweon, St. John’s, Sr., Little Neck, N.Y.
Margot Bechadergue, Seton Hall, Gr., Aix-en-Provence, France
Kara Carter, Xavier, Fr., Kingsport, Tenn.
Emma McMyler, Xavier, So., San Antonio, Texas