Kate Smith notched her third consecutive top-15 finish to open her career on Tuesday at the Chip-N Club Invitational.
Photo by Stephanie Carpenter/Nebraska Communications

Smith Claims Top-10 Finish at Chip-N Club

By NU Athletic Communications

Lincoln - Kate Smith managed a 74 on Tuesday to finish with a three-round total of 221 to tie for eighth individually at the Nebraska women's golf team's Chip-N Club Invitational at Wilderness Ridge Golf Course.

Smith, a freshman from Detroit Lakes, Minn., closed the three-day, 54-hole tournament at 221 (77-70-74) to lead Nebraska to a tie for fourth (314-293-299-906) in the 11-team tournament field on the par-72, 6,276-yard layout at Wilderness Ridge. It was Smith's third consecutive top-15 finish to open her young career at Nebraska.

Smith wasn't the only Husker freshman to produce impressive results on Tuesday. Claire Robertson, a freshman from Carnoustie, Scotland, fired a career-best two-under-par 70 while playing as an individual outside of Nebraska's lineup in the final round. 

Robertson's round tied for the fourth-best round of the day in the 65-player field, trailing only a 68 by tournament individual medalist Hallie Getz from South Dakota State and Brenna Lervick from South Dakota, along with a 69 from tournament runner-up Camila Serrano from Florida International. Lervick finished in a five-way tie with Kate Smith, North Dakota State's Natalie Roth, Wyoming's Sarah Hankins and FIU's Katerina Krasova in eighth place for the tournament.

Robertson finished in a tie for 31st overall, but her scores did not count toward Nebraska's team score. Fellow freshman Jessica Haraden from Thousand Oaks, Calif., added a career best of her own with a 73 on Tuesday. She tied for 51st while playing as an individual outside the NU lineup.

Junior Audrey Judd added a solid 73 of her own for the second straight day to produce Nebraska's No. 2 finish in the tournament. The Olathe, Kan., native tied for 16th overall at 225 (79-73-73).

Nebraska's lone senior Sarah Pravecek (Omaha, Neb.) added a 74 for the second straight day to tie for 29th overall at 231 (83-74-74). 

Freshman Annie Sritragul (Bangkok, Thailand) notched Nebraska's fourth score of the round with a 78 to close in a tie for 43rd at 238 (81-79-78). Junior Emily Gillman (Austin, Texas) completed the Nebraska contingent in 39th at 236 (77-76-83).

As a team, Nebraska tied Wyoming for fourth with a three-round total of 906 (314-293-299). The Cowgirls fired a 292 on Tuesday.

Kansas State closed out the tournament title by producing the best round of the day with a 285. The Wildcats placed three golfers in the top five, led by Paige Nelson (3rd, 74-73-71-218), Madison Talley (T4th, 73-76-70-219) and Chloe Weir (T4th, 71-76-72-219). Connie Jaffrey provided the Cats with their fourth score of the day on Tuesday with a 72 to finish 13th at 222 (74-76-72).

Led by tournament individual champion Hallie Getz (74-71-68-213), South Dakota State finished second at 883 (303-292-288) five strokes behind Kansas State. FIU took third at 893 (302-295-296).

The Huskers return to action at the Ron Moore Intercollegiate in Denver, Colo., Oct. 7-9.

Chip-N Club Invitational
Wilderness Ridge Golf Club (Lincoln, Neb.)
Par 72, 6,276 Yards
Sept. 25-27, 2016

Final Team Results
1. Kansas State - 292-301-285-878 (+14)
2. South Dakota State - 303-292-288-883 (+19)
3. FIU - 302-295-296-893 (+29)
T4. Nebraska - 314-293-299-906 (+42)
T4. Wyoming - 318-296-292-906 (+42)
6. North Dakota State - 305-306-307-918 (+54)
T7. South Dakota - 314-310-299-923 (+59)
T7. UMKC - 307-309-307-923 (+59)
9. Omaha - 321-314-310-945 (+81)
10. Creighton - 322-312-318-952 (+88)
11. IWCC - 317-316-322-955 (+91)

Final Individual Results
1. Hallie Getz, South Dakota State - 74-71-68-213 (-3)
2. Camila Serrano, FIU - 72-74-69-215 (-1)
3. Paige Nelson, Kansas State - 74-73-71-218 (+2)
T4. Madison Talley, Kansas State - 73-76-70-219 (+3)
T4. Chloe Weir, Kansas State - 71-76-72-219 (+3)
T4. Teresa Toscano, South Dakota State - 76-70-73-219 (+3)
7. *Sierra Bennion, North Dakota State - 75-74-71-220 (+4)
T8. Sarah Hankins, Wyoming - 76-72-73-221 (+5)
T8. Katerina Krasova, FIU - 76-73-72-221 (+5)
T8. Brenna Lervick, South Dakota - 76-77-68-221 (+5)
T8. Natalie Roth, North Dakota State - 73-74-74-221 (+5)
T8. Kate Smith, Nebraska - 77-70-74-221 (+5)

Nebraska Individuals
T8. Kate Smith - 77-70-74-221 (+5)
T16. Audrey Judd - 79-73-73-225 (+9)
T29. Sarah Pravecek - 83-74-74-231 (+15)
*T31. Claire Robertson - 87-75-70-232 (+16)
39. Emily Gillman - 77-76-83-236 (+20)
T43. Annie Sritragul - 81-79-78-238 (+22)
*T51. Jessica Haraden - 88-81-73-242 (+26)
*played as an individual outside Nebraska's lineup


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