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Smith Earns Big Ten Golfer-of-the-Week

By NU Athletic Communications

Kate Smith captured Big Ten Golfer-of-the-Week honors on Wednesday for her career-best runner-up finish at the UNO Invitational on Sept. 2.

Smith, a sophomore from Detroit Lakes, Minn., posted a collegiate career-best finish with a three-round score of 221 (76-70-75) at the par-72 6,134-yard layout at the ArborLinks Golf Course in Nebraska City, Neb., to notch her fifth top-10 tournament finish and eighth top-25 showing as a Husker.

Smith led the Huskers to a runner-up finish with a three-round team score of 899 (301-289-309), just seven strokes behind the tournament champions from North Dakota State (892). NU's second-place finish marked its best team finish since winning the Mountain View Collegiate in the spring of 2014.

Smith becomes Nebraska’s first Big Ten Women’s Golfer-of-the-Week of the 2017-18 season, and her second career honor. She also was named the Big Ten Golfer of the Week on Oct. 12, 2016, as part of her record-breaking freshman campaign. Nebraska's last Big Ten Golfer-of-the-Week went to Audrey Judd on March 2, 2017. 

Smith and the Huskers return to action at the East & West Match Play Challenge on Sept. 17-19, at University Ridge Golf Course in Madison, Wis.

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