Kirsten

Baete

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Year: Sophomore
Hometown: Beatrice, Nebraska
High School: Beatrice
Major: Elementary Ed/Special Ed K-6

Bio

Honors & Awards

  • One Career Top 10 Finish (1, 2018-19)
  • One Career Top 25 Finish (1, 2018-19)
  • Tied for 80th at Big Ten Championships (2019)
  • WGCA Scholastic All-American (2019)
  • Big Ten Distinguished Scholar (2019)
  • Academic All-Big Ten (2019)
  • Nebraska Scholar-Athlete Honor Roll (Fall 2017, 2018; Spring 2018, 2019)
  • Sam Foltz Hero 27 Leadership Award (2019)
  • Tom Osborne Citizenship Team (2018, 2019)
  • Nebraska Class B High School State Champion (2016)
  • Two-Time Class B All-State (2015, 2016)
  • Four-Time All-River Cities Conference (2013, 2014, 2015, 2016)

Best Career Finish: T5th (Westbrook Invite, 2019) 
Career Stroke Average: 77.00

Redshirt Freshman (2018-19)
Kirsten Baete (pronounced BAY-tee) produced one of the best performances by a freshman in school history with a three-round total of 210 (72-66-72) to tie for fifth and help Nebraska to a team title at the 2019 Westbrook Spring Invitational in Peoria, Ariz. (Feb. 24-25).

Baete's breakthrough performance on the par-72, 6,252-yard layout at the Westbrook Village Golf Club slashed 21 strokes off her previous collegiate best tournament score. Her six-under-par 66 (Feb. 24) was her first round better than par in her Husker career and was part of Nebraska's second-round 276 that propelled them to the team championship. Baete's effort in Arizona included the first three rounds at or better than par in her college career. It was the first top-five performance of her career and it came in a 93-player field that featured 14 top-10 teams, including six ranked among the top 50 in the GolfStat rankings, and seven Big Ten Conference schools.

Baete joined juniors Kate Smith and Haley Thiele in Nebraska's lineup for all 27 rounds in 2018-19. Her 77.00 stroke average ranked fifth among the Huskers and tied for the sixth-best average by a freshman in Nebraska history.

She followed her performance in Peoria with a tie for 30th at 229 (78-76-75) in a 90-player field at the Clover Cup in Mesa (March 15-17). Baete shot 229 again (79-76-74) to tie for 29th in a strong field at the Lady Buckeye Invitational in Columbus, Ohio (April 13-14). She closed the season by finishing in a tie for 80th at 163 (80-83) at the rain-shortened Big Ten Championship at TPC River's Bend in Maineville, Ohio (April 19-21).

Baete hit the course for the first time as a Husker at Nebraska's season-opening Ptarmigan Ram Fall Classic in Fort Collins, Colo. (Sept. 17-19). She contributed to NU's third-place team finish by improving her scores in each of Nebraska's three rounds, including a final-round, two-over-par 74 to tie for the Huskers' second-best score of the round. Baete finished her first collegiate tournament in a tie for 58th at 225 (83-78-74).

Baete earned a lineup spot for the Huskers again at the Golfweek Conference Challenge (Sept. 24-26) in Wolcott, Colo. She opened with a solid 75 before adding a final-round 74. She was Nebraska's No. 4 finisher at the 93-player event in a tie for 59th with a career-best 231.

She made another lineup appearance at the Ron Moore Intercollegiate in Highlands Ranch, Colo. (Oct. 5-7), managing a 238 (79-83-76) over three rounds to tie for 80th in the 90-player field. Baete earned her fourth straight lineup spot and tied her career best with a 231 (77-81-73) at the UNLV Collegiate Showdown (Oct. 21-23). Baete, who tied for 77th in a 90-player field, fired a career-best 73 in the final round.

Baete closed the fall with a career-best tie for 28th at the rain-shortened Rainbow Wahine Invitational in Kapolei, Oahu, Hawaii (Oct. 31). Baete shot a 75 in the tournament's lone round, putting up Nebraska's fourth-best score of the round to help the Huskers to a third-place team finish in the 12-team field with a 289.

Baete opened the spring campaign as Nebraska's No. 3 finisher at the Lady Puerto Rico Classic (Feb. 10-12). She closed with a three-round total of 238 (82-79-77) in a tie for 73rd.

The Beatrice, Neb., native redshirted as a freshman in 2017-18, and made solid improvements to her game. 

Redshirt (2017-18)
A walk-on to the Nebraska program after a strong high school career in Beatrice, Baete redshirted in 2017-18. She earned spots on the Nebraska Scholar-Athlete Honor Roll in both the fall and spring semesters of 2017-18. She was also a member of the 2018 Tom Osborne Citizenship Team.

High School/Amateur
Baete joined the Huskers as the 2016 Nebraska Class B State Champion, winning the title by five strokes while attending Beatrice High School. Baete finished in the top 10 in the state every year at Beatrice, and broke six school records. She set the best nine-hole average at 38.5 and the best 18-hole average at 74.8. Baete also posted the best 18-hole score by a Beatrice golfer at the conference championships with a score of 70, the best 18-hole score (72) by a Beatrice golfer at district championships, and the best 18-hole score (75) by a Beatrice golfer at the state championships. 

Additionally, Baete won the most medals by a girls golfer at Beatrice with 40.   Baete was named to the All-State team for two years, and was twice named to the Super-State team. All four years she was named All-River Cities Conference. 

She also starred in the classroom, being named to the honor roll every semester for four years, and graduating sixth in her class. She was also a member of the National Honor Society.  Baete also earned three basketball letters at Beatrice High School. 

Personal
 The daughter of Chris and Bonnie Baete, Kirsten was born May 5, 1999 and has one younger sister, Jayden. Kirsten is an elementary education/special education K-6 major at Nebraska and earned Academic All-Big Ten honors in 2019. She is a four-time Nebraska Scholar-Athlete Honor Roll selection. She was also a member of the Tom Osborne Citizenship Team in 2018 and 2019.

She chose Nebraska over UNK, Creighton, Northwest Missouri State and Kansas State.  The Baete’s own a roller-skating rink in Beatrice, and Kirsten grew up playing roller derby. 

Baete's Career Statistics

Year

Rounds

Strokes

Avg.

Low 18

Low 54

2018-19

27

2,079

77.00

66

210

Totals

27

2,079

77.00

66

210 

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