FREMONT, Neb. — With Lauren Thiele facing Kate Strickland, the Nebraska women’s match play golf champion is assured of being the youngest in tournament history.

Both will be high school sophomores, Thiele at Wahoo Neumann and Strickland at Lincoln Southwest. The youngest winners, Theresa Wanek of Omaha in 1975 and Anna Christenson of Lincoln in 2007, were 17. Wanek was entering her senior year at Omaha Marian and Christenson had graduated from Lincoln East.

Thiele would be the first to sweep the state’s girls and women’s match-play crowns. Older sister Hannah, now at Nebraska, won the women’s title in 2016.

“Having the experience under the belt from (the girls), it definitely helps with the nerves,’’ Thiele said.

To reach the final at Fremont Golf Club, she defeated Brandi Lemek of Doniphan and UNL 4-and-3 after a 20-hole quarterfinal against co-medalist and Elkhorn High sophomore Emily Karmazin. Strickland defeated the other co-medalist, Danica Badura of Aurora, 3-and-2 in the semifinals after beating Creighton sophomore Kristin Goertz 7-and-6.

“I feel pretty confident,’’ Strickland said. “It’s been kind of an up-and-down summer, but I’m starting the second leg of the summer with a good start.”

Their 18-hole final starts at 8:30 a.m.

Semifinals: Kate Strickland, Lincoln, def. Danica Badura, Aurora, 3-and-2; Lauren Thiele, Wahoo, def. Brandi Lemek, Doniphan, 4-and-3.

Quarterfinals: Badura def. Megan Whittaker, Omaha, 4-and-2; Strickland def. Kristin Goertz, Omaha, 7-and-6; Thiele def. Emily Karmazin, Omaha, 20 holes; Lemek def. Ricki Hickstein, Chadron, 1-up.

Bartels awaits playoff

UNO-bound Josh Bartels from Lincoln Southwest will be in an eight-way playoff for the final seven berths in match play at the U.S. Junior Amateur at Inverness in Toledo, Ohio.

Bartels shot 77 Tuesday to finish qualifying play at 8-over 150.