Freshman Noor Ahmed fired an opening round 73 on Friday at the Mountain View Invitational in Tucson, Ariz.
Photo by Isabel Thalken/Nebraska Communications

Smith, Ahmed Lead Huskers at Mountain View

By NU Athletic Communications

Tucson, Ariz. - Kate Smith shot an even-par 72 to close the first round of the Mountain View Invitational in a tie for 10th place, while helping the Nebraska women's golf team to a 301 team score on Friday.

Smith, a sophomore from Detroit Lakes, Minn., got stronger throughout the first round, carding a three-under-par 33 on the back nine to climb the leaderboard. 

Freshman Noor Ahmed (Folsom, Calif.) added a solid round with a one-over-par 73 to end the day in a tie for 17th place. Fellow Husker freshman Hannah Thiele (Wahoo, Neb.) also put together an impressive round with a two-over 74 to finish the round in a tie for 22nd. But Thiele was playing as an individual outside the Husker lineup, so her total did not count toward Nebraska's team score.

Senior Audrey Judd and sophomore Jessica Haraden rounded out Nebraska's team score by carding rounds of 78 to give the Huskers a 301 heading into Saturday's second round in a tie for 10th in the 15-team field.

Illinois produced the best round of the day with an even par 288, while San Jose State sits two strokes back at 290. Kansas closed the round in third at 293, including a four-under-par 68 from individual leader Sera Tadokoro. Illinois teammates Grace Park and Tristyn Nowlin are tied for second at 69, along with San Jose State's Alexandra Cooper.

The Mountain View Invitational continues with the second round on Saturday, beginning with tee times off No. 1 and No. 10 at 9 a.m. (CST). Live scoring is available from BirdieFire.com. 

Mountain View Collegiate
Tucson, Ariz.
March 23-25, 2018
Mountain View Golf Club
Par 72, 6,175 Yards

Team Standings (First Round)
1. Illinois - 288
2. San Jose State - 290
3. Kansas - 293
4. Missouri - 294
5. Colorado State - 295
T6. Wichita State - 296
T6. Kansas State - 296
8. Middle Tennessee - 299
9. New Mexico State - 300
T10. Nebraska - 301
T10. Missouri State - 301
T12. Central Arkansas - 302
T12. North Texas - 302
14. Sam Houston State - 307
15. Wyoming - 309

Individual Leaderboard
1. Sera Tadokoro, Kansas - 68
T2. Tristyn Nowlin, Illinois - 69
T2. Grace Park, Illinois - 69
T2. Alexandra Cooper, San Jose State - 69
T5. Caroline Caudill, Middle Tennessee - 70
T5. Abegail Arevalo, San Jose State - 70
T7. Katrina Prendergast, Colorado State - 71
T7. Connie Jaffrey, Kansas State - 71
T7. Emma Allen, Missouri - 71
T10. Kate Smith, Nebraska - 72
T10. Ellen Secor, Colorado State - 72 
T10. Nyca Khaw, North Texas - 72
T10. Abbi Shaddix, Wichita State - 72
T10. Cayce Hendrickson, Missouri - 72
T10. Ali Morallos, Illinois - 72
T10. Yi-Tsen Chou, Kansas - 72

Nebraska Golfers
T10. Kate Smith - 72
T17. Noor Ahmed - 73
T22. *Hannah Thiele - 74
T54. Audrey Judd - 78
T54. Jessica Haraden - 78
80. Annie Sritragul - 86
*competing as an individual outside the Nebraska lineup

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