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Northview's Thiemann headed to IUPUI

Monday, April 26, 2004

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Northview senior Amy Thiemann (seated) recently signed a national letter-of-intent to play Division I golf for the IUPUI Jaguars in the Mid-Continent Conference. She is pictured here with (back row left to right) parents Mark and Gayla Thiemann, Northview golf coach Teresa Akers, Girls Athletic Director Jan Gambill and Northview Principal Ken Wallace.

-Knights senior signs to play Division I golf for Jaguars -

Nearly everyone who knows Northview senior Amy Thiemann can attest to the fact that she loves competition. And practically everyone who has faced her on the golf course has come out on the short end of that competitive streak.

That success on the golf course and desire for competition has led to a golf scholarship with IUPUI for next season.

"I can't wait to graduate and step into the collegiate level," Thiemann commented about joining the Jaguars. "More competition is basically what the difference will be, but on harder courses. I've been waiting for this for a long time. . .hopefully I can finally show myself and my true colors."

What the Jaguars are getting is a very accomplished golfer who has led the Knight's golf program to rarefied air the past few seasons.

Thiemann led Northview to three State Finals appearances as a team and is one of a very small group of girls who have won three Sectional championships. She was the Western Indiana Conference champion three times and made the All-WIC team all four years for the Knights. She also won a Regional championship in 2002 and holds the Northview school record for low scoring.

But when asked what some of her fondest memories on the golf course as a Knight were, she immediately pointed to her team's accomplishments.

"Leading (the Knights) to the State Finals for three years (was the highlight), but mainly my junior year because we made it to the second day and finally got the chance to prove ourselves," said Thiemann. "But I will say that I loved the feeling I got being the low medalist at regionals, at Bedford, Otis Park, that same year."

After proving herself at the high school level, Thiemann will take her talents to the Division I level with IUPUI and John Andrews who is the girls and men's golf coach for the Jaguars.

IUPUI competes in the Mid-Continent Conference and is one of the quickest growing universities in the country.

The school includes over 30,000 undergraduates along with 7,500 graduate students enrolled in IU's medical school, law school and dental school along with the Kelley School of Business.

For Thiemann who boasts a grade point average of 3.124, the school combines the resources of both Indiana University and Purdue University and offers more degree choices than any school in the state.

As for athletics, the school also provides some of the best facilities in the country, including a 40,000 seat soccer stadium, state of the art track facility and one of the finest swimming and diving arenas in the country. Many of the different facilities played host to the 1987 Pan-Am games.

Thiemann, who was recruited by over 30 different schools, including Indiana University, chose IUPUI for several different reasons.

"First of all, IUPUI is close to home and I really didn't want to venture off too far from my family and friends. But I really loved the way the campus is set up, it's close to everything in Indianapolis, the mall, Victory Field and of course the RCA Dome. . .which I hope to be going to next year to cheer on my high school friends at their state finals band contest."

While staying near home was important to Thiemann, she also hit it off with IUPUI's Coach Andrews.

"I really liked (Coach Andrews) the first time we were introduced. He was extremely outgoing and friendly and by just listening to him I knew he would be my next coach if I had anything to do with it," said Thiemann. "I knew he would be the one to help me step up my game and help me learn the things I need to know for that next level."

While Thiemann is no stranger to great competition, winning the Terre Haute Junior City Open three times and winning seven Indiana Golf Association Tournaments and being invited to participate in the IGA Masters Tour and AJGA National Tour, her future plans include returning to the area to help teach the game to others.

"I'd really love to play on the LPGA sometimes after college. But if I do or not, I plan on coming back to Brazil sometime and trying to coach golf here at Northview and just helping out with the young ones like everyone did with me."

Thiemann also credits Northview golf coach Teresa Akers and her teammates with extending her game as well as providing a lot of intangibles to make her a better golfer.

"I'll always have their smiles in the back of my head," said Thiemann. "No matter how bad I played, every teammate, coach and helper that was there made me feel better with their smiles. From that I built confidence and that's what I'll take with me, a reminder to always smile and believe in myself."

One thing is for certain, from her past accomplishments to those in her future, Thiemann will never have a shortage of believers in this area. anything to do with it," said Thiemann. "I knew he would be the one to help me step up my game and help me learn the things I need to know for that next level."

While Thiemann is no stranger to great competition, winning the Terre Haute Junior City Open three times and winning seven Indiana Golf Association Tournaments and being invited to participate in the IGA Masters Tour and AJGA National Tour, her future plans include returning to the area to help teach the game to others.

"I'd really love to play on the LPGA sometimes after college. But if I do or not, I plan on coming back to Brazil sometime and trying to coach golf here at Northview and just helping out with the young ones like everyone did with me."

Thiemann also credits Northview golf coach Teresa Akers and her teammates with extending her game as well as providing a lot of intangibles to make her a better golfer.

"I'll always have their smiles in the back of my head," said Thiemann. "No matter how bad I played, every teammate, coach and helper that was there made me feel better with their smiles. From that I built confidence and that's what I'll take with me, a reminder to always smile and believe in myself."

One thing is for certain, from her past accomplishments to those in her future, Thiemann will never have a shortage of believers in this area.



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