Kate Smith produced a top-20 finish at the Big Ten Women’s Golf Championship by closing the 54-hole event with a 75 in the final round on Sunday at TPC River’s Bend in Maineville, Ohio.
Smith, a sophomore from Detroit Lakes, Minn., tied for 19th in an 84-player field with a three-round total of 218 (75-68-75) to lead the Huskers at the three-day tournament on the par-72, 6,357-yard layout at TPC River’s Bend. Smith defeated five top-100 golfers nationally during the tournament, which included 11 top-100 players overall.
Noor Ahmed, a freshman from Folsom, Calif., added a 76 on Sunday to secure Nebraska’s No. 2 overall finish at 225 (72-77-76). Ahmed finished in a tie for 40th, while senior Audrey Judd (Olathe, Kan.) also shot a final-round 76 to tie for 49th at 228 (77-75-76).
Sophomore Annie Sritragul (Bangkok, Thailand) gave Nebraska a third 76 in the final round, as she finished in tie for 70th overall at 235. Those four scores gave Nebraska a third-round team total of 303, as the Huskers finished 13th overall at 905.
The Omaha women’s golf team is in seventh place after the first 18 holes of the Summit League Championship being held at ArborLinks.
The Mavericks shot an opening-round team score of 325, eight strokes behind sixth-place Oral Roberts. North Dakota State paced the field on the first day with a three-over score of 291, 10 strokes ahead of second-place Denver. Western Illinois is third at 306.
The second round of the three-round tournament begins Monday at 8 a.m.