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April 23, 2013

Krystle Nies inducted into Pratt Community College Athletic Hall of Fame


Krystle NiesOn April 13 Cowley College admissions representative Krystle (McCorgary) Nies was inducted into the Pratt Community College Athletic Hall of Fame for her achievements in women’s golf and academics. The induction ceremony took place at the Pratt Community College Carpenter Auditorium as part of the 75th Anniversary for the college.

Nies was a 2003 graduate of Arkansas City High School. She was recruited by Jim Jackson the then Pratt Community College Athletic Director and Golf Coach. Nies attended Pratt Community College from Fall 2003 through Spring 2005 where she completed her Associate’s degree in Pre-Elementary Education. During her time at Pratt Community College she was a member of the Women’s golf team, Phi Theta Kappa International Honor Society serving as a chapter officer, and was a Resident Assistant. 

The PCC women’s golf team captured the Fall 2003 Beaver Open Championship and 2004 Region VI Championship and Nies tied for third place giving her All-Region VI Team honors. The team then competed at the 2004 National Junior College Athletic Association National Tournament held at Halifax Plantation in Ormond Beach, FL placing 10th as a team and Nies placed 30th individually out of 90 golfers.

The following season the team won the Fall 2004 Pratt Community College Beaver Open and Nies took first place individually. Nies again made All-Region VI Team honors at the 2005 Region VI Tournament.

Nies then traveled to Florida again her sophomore year to compete at the 2005 NJCAA National Tournament held at LPGA International. At the 2005 national tournament she achieved NJCAA All-American Honors by placing 11th overall out of 82 golfers. She was the first woman golfer from Pratt Community College to achieve this honor.

Later that summer, Nies learned she earned NJCAA Academic All-American honors as well.

Last year PCC opened the Athletic Hall of Fame and inducted the first class of 23 members. This year 15 more were inducted.

“This is a huge honor,” Nies said. “I am excited and thankful to be inducted with the other athletes.”

She credits her teammates with helping push her to keep getting better and being great friends. Nies also gives a huge gratitude of thanks to her family and friends for their support throughout all the years.

The summer in between finishing her career at PCC and continuing onto Cameron University Nies was selected to be a member of the Kansas Women’s Golf Association Fore State Team. The team competed at the 2005 Fore State Team Championship held at Hickory Hills Country Club in Springfield, MO. The Fore State Championship was a two-day, three-round Ryder Cup format tournament between state teams made up of 10 players from Arkansas, Kansas, Missouri, and Oklahoma.

Nies alongside her partner won both their four ball and foresome match play rounds contributing two points to the Kansas team on opening day. The final day she won her singles match play round contributing an additional point to the Kansas team total.

Nies was recruited by Rick Goodwin to play golf for the first ever women’s golf team at Cameron University, a Division II school in Lawton, OK. While at Cameron University she was also involved with the Cameron Athletics Student Athlete Advisory Committee, the Programming Activities Council, Student Senate, Student Housing, Student Oklahoma Education Association, and was a resident assistant. She was a Cameron University President’s List honoree from 2006-2008, a Cameron University Top 20 student for 2007 & 2008, a member of the Phi Lambda Theta: Education Honor Society, and a member of the Phi Kappa Phi National Honor Society.

Nies represented Cameron University athletics at the 2006 NCAA Leadership Academy. In just their second year as a women’s golf program the Lady Aggies won the 2007 Lone Star Conference Championship and Nies tied for 10th.

Nies made the 2007 Lone Star Conference All-Academic Team. She was also named 2006-2007 Lone Star Conference Cameron University Female Scholar-Athlete. This award was given to one male and one female student-athlete for each school in the Lone Star Conference. Nies also achieved National Golf Coaches Association Academic All-American honors in 2006 and 2007.

She spent the 2007-2008 academic year serving as a volunteer assistant for the Cameron University women’s golf program while finishing her Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education. Upon completion of her bachelor’s degree Nies was hired as the Cameron University Women’s Hall Director. She served this role for three years while completing her Master’s Degree in Behavioral Sciences with an emphasis in education.

For the past two years Nies has worked as an Admissions Representative at Cowley College in her hometown of Arkansas City. She was married April 14, 2012 to Matthew Nies who is also employed at Cowley County Community College.