PLATTSMOUTH – Emma Wagner has seen many successful outcomes on the golf course throughout her Plattsmouth High School career.
She is planning to take her 20/20 golfing vision to College of Saint Mary next year.
Wagner signed a letter of intent Tuesday morning to compete for the CSM golf team. She said she was thrilled about the opportunity to continue playing a sport she loves in college. She said her time at the Omaha campus would also help her gain knowledge about her future career as an eye doctor.
“CSM was a really good fit for me,” Wagner said. “It’s fairly close to home and has a great academic program, and I really liked everything about the golf team. It had everything I could ask for.”
Plattsmouth head girls golf coach Dan Oatman said he was proud to see Wagner have a chance to play for the Flames. He said she had earned the chance to continue playing golf with her work ethic and dedication over the past four years.
“It’s always a good day when you’re able to celebrate with someone at a signing ceremony,” Oatman said. “I think it provides a real sense of accomplishment. It shows that all of the hard work and effort that Emma put into her game has paid off. I’m very happy for her.”
Wagner surged into Plattsmouth’s varsity lineup as a freshman and maintained that status for four years. She enjoyed a breakout season as a junior by qualifying for the state tournament. Wagner captured seventh place at the District B-1 Meet with an 18-hole score of 107.
Wagner became Plattsmouth’s first state girls golf qualifier since 2014. She finished her state experience in 54th place with totals of 114 and 109 at the two-day tournament.
Wagner earned medals at the Waverly Invite, Plattsmouth Invite and Nebraska City Invite in her senior season and placed 11th at the district meet. She also helped the Blue Devils defeat both Auburn and Bennington in duals.
Oatman said Wagner’s steady demeanor helped her become a better player during her time in Plattsmouth’s program.
“She’s done a really nice job at the mental aspect of her game,” Oatman said. “Having mental toughness is such an important part of having success in golf, because you can’t get down on yourself during a round. She dropped at least 20 strokes from her freshman to senior year, and a large part of that improvement came from the confidence she showed out on the course.”
“That’s something I’ve tried to keep improving on,” Wagner said. “That’s a big thing in golf, so I’ve tried to stay as calm as possible when I’m playing.”
Wagner has been involved in golf, band and National Honor Society at Plattsmouth. She has earned local, conference and state awards for her academic work and has played in several elite band festivals.
Wagner will major in biology with an emphasis in optometry at College of Saint Mary. She is planning to enroll in optometry school after she earns her CSM degree.