Senior Emily Podzielinski used her home course knowledge winning the IWGA Women’s Amateur Championship at Harbour Trees Golf Club in Indiana this summer. Podzielinski shot 72-69-75 for 216 and the title. Podzielinski entered the final round with a one shot lead over Kluth after posting a second round, tournament low, 69. While her nearest competitors were finding the going difficult, Podzielinski fired a front nine even par 35 to extend her lead to 5 shots entering the back nine. She then bogeyed the 10th and 11th holes and the lead was just three. After another bogey on 14, she seemed to have things firmly in control after a birdie 4 on the 439 yard par 5, 17th. That gave her a three shot lead with just the 138 yard par 3, 18th to play. Her tee shot found a piece of Morse Reservoir that guards the green and after a drop and two putt she posted a double bogey, 5, which was still good for the one shot victory over Kluth who fired a two under par 34 on the back nine to solidify her runner up finish.
AS A JUNIOR (2012-13)
Podzielinski competed in one event as junior for the Razorbacks in 2012-13. Podzielinksi made the traveling team for the season-opener at the Old Waverly Invitational where she spoted a 236 with rounds of 81-80-75 to tie for 38th place overall. Podzielinski was a member of the Razorback Athletic Department’s Academic Champions List with a 4.0 GPA in the spring of 2013 semester. She was on the Honor Roll (3.00-3.49) in the fall of 2012.
AS A SOPHOMORE (2011-12)
Podzielinski jumped into the lineup from the first event and never looked back in 2011-12. She competed in all 11 events with a 77.76 stroke average for the Razorbacks. Podzielinski posted an Arkansas-best round of 70 in third day action at the Tar Heel Invitational and carded her Razorback low 227 twice. Her first 227 came at the Tar Heel and she matched that at the Puerto Rico Classic to start the spring. Twenty-four of Podzielinski’s 33 rounds counted toward the Razorback team score in 2011-12.
Podzielinski was also recognized off the course as a member of the Southeastern Conference’s women’s golf community service team and as a National Golf Coaches Association All-Scholar selection. She was on the Razorback Athletic Department’s Academic Honor Roll (3.00-3.49) in teh fall of 2011 and on the Athletic Director’s List (3.50-3.99) in the spring of 2012.
AS A REDSHIRT SOPHOMORE (2010-11)
Podzielinski redshirted the 2010-11 season at Arkansas after transferring from Eastern Michigan.
PRIOR TO ARKANSAS
Podzielinski was the top player at Eastern Michigan before transferring to Arkansas after her freshman season. While with the Eagles, Podzielinski competed in 11 events finishing with the team’s lowest stroke average (76.4). She played 31 rounds shooting a career-best 69 in the second round of the Cardinal Classic. Her career-best was a 223 (75-75-73) at the Indiana Invitational in April and she earned medalist honors at the Cardinal Classic with a two-round three-under 141.
Podzielinski was a three-year letterwinner at Noblesville High, earning all-county and all-conference honors all three seasons. She was the state runner-up as a senior earning all-state honors.
Emily Podzielinski is one of five children to Eric and Ronda Podzielinski of Noblesville, Ind. She has three brothers, Brandon, Josh and Michael and a sister, Erika.