Huskers’ Smith Sets Off for US Women’s Amateur

LINCOLN – Nebraska women’s golfer Kate Smith will compete in the 120th U.S. Women’s Amateur, Aug. 3-9, at the Woodmont Country Club in Rockville, Md. Smith is scheduled to be one of the first six golfers to tee off Monday, beginning at 6 a.m. (CT).

“This means so much to me. I’ve always dreamed of playing in the U.S. Amateur, but the qualifiers have kind of gotten the best of me in the past,” Smith said. “As a golfer, you always want to play with the best competition, and I will definitely have that opportunity in Maryland in August. After our season was cut short, any chance to play golf is welcomed. A U.S. Amateur seems like a gift right now, and I can’t wait to play in such a distinguished event.”

The winner of the Big Ten Conference Mary Fossum Award in 2020 for owning the best stroke average relative to par, Smith was a first-team All-Big Ten choice in 2020. The Nebraska record holder with a career stroke average of 73.45 over 104 rounds, Smith shattered her own school record with a 72.18 stroke average during the 2020 season. The three-time academic All-Big Ten choice was also a WGCA Scholastic All-American and a Big Ten Distinguished Scholar in 2020 as a graphic design major.

Last week, Smith captured the second Minnesota Women’s Amateur championship of her career.

Due to the college golf season ending abruptly because of the coronavirus outbreak, Smith has received an additional season of eligibility from the NCAA and expects to return to Nebraska this fall to compete in her fifth season on the course for the Huskers.

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