Noor Ahmed shot an even-par 72 to lead Nebraska in the opening round of the Big Ten Championship in Ohio on Friday.
Photo by Isabel Thalken/Nebraska Communications

Ahmed Leads Huskers at Big Ten Championship

By NU Athletic Communications

Noor Ahmed shot an even-par 72 to lead Nebraska in the opening round of the Big Ten Women's Golf Championship in Maineville, Ohio, on Friday afternoon.

Ahmed, a freshman from Folsom, Calif., closed her round with three birdies and three pars in her final seven holes to complete an impressive opening 18 holes at the conference championship. Ahmed, who put up nine pars through her first 10 holes, overcame three bogeys to match the second-best round of her collegiate career with a 72 on the 6,357-yard layout at TPC River's Bend.

Ahmed, who enters Saturday's second round in a tie for 12th place individually, helped the Huskers post a 12-over-par 300 team score in the opening round. Nebraska sits in 10th place after the first 18 holes.

Sophomore Kate Smith (Detroit Lakes, Minn.) opened the day on fire with three birdies on her first four holes before going seven-over-par during the next nine holes. She battled back with a pair of birdies in the final three holes to finish with a three-over-par 75 on the day. Smith enters the second round in a tie for 31st.

Fellow sophomore Annie Sritragul (Bangkok, Thailand) managed a 76 to sit in a tie for 41st, while senior Audrey Judd (Olathe, Kan.) added a 77 to complete Nebraska's team score for the round. Judd sits in a tie for 52nd after the first 18 holes.

Haley Thiele (T69th, 80) and Hannah Thiele (T78th, 83) rounded out the Husker contingent.

Michigan State played its way to the top of the team standings with a five-under-par 283 in the first round. Maryland put together an even-par 288 to sit in second, while Ohio State produced a 289 to sit alone in third place. Illinois finished the day at 292, while Northwestern and Purdue are well within striking distance of the top spot in a tie for fifth at 293.

While 10 strokes separate the top six teams, just four strokes separate the next six teams in the standings with Michigan in seventh at 298, Iowa and Wisconsin in a tie for ninth at 299, while Nebraska is alone in 10th at 300. Indiana (301) and Minnesota (302) round out the top 12, while Penn State (309) and Rutgers (312) complete the 14-team tournament field.

The Big Ten Championship continues with the second round on Saturday morning at TPC River's Bend beginning with tee times off No. 1 and No. 10 beginning at 8:30 (CT). The tournament is scheduled to conclude with the final round on Sunday morning. 

Big Ten Championship
April 20-22, 2018
Maineville, Ohio
TPC River's Bend
Par 72, 6,357 Yards

Team Standings (First Round)
1. Michigan State - 283
2. Maryland - 288
3. Ohio State - 289
4. Illinois - 292
T5. Northwestern - 293
T5. Purdue - 293
7. Michigan - 298
T8. Iowa - 299
T8. Wisconsin - 299
10. Nebraska - 300
11. Indiana - 301
12. Minnesota - 302
13. Penn State - 309
14. Rutgers - 312

Individual Leaderboard (First Round)
1. Jaclyn Lee, Ohio State - 66
2. Allyson Geer, Michigan State - 67
T3. Katie Sharp, Michigan State - 70
T3. Sabrine Garrison, Minnesota - 70
T5. Grace Park, Illinois - 71
T5. Jessica Ip, Iowa - 71
T5. Ludovica Farina, Maryland - 71
T5. Stephanie Lau, Northwestern - 71
T5. Bing Singhsumalee, Illinois - 71
T5. Melati Putri, Purdue - 71
T5. Kathy Lim, Michigan - 71
T12. Noor Ahmed, Nebraska - 72
T12. Lexi Harkins, Wisconsin - 72
T12. Laura Van Respaille, Maryland - 72
T12. Sarah Burnham, Michigan State - 72
T12. Cova SanJuan, Purdue - 72
T12. Rio Watanabe, Ohio State - 72
T12. Xiaolin Tian, Maryland - 72
T19. Alex Wright, Ohio State - 73
T19. Ludovica Scandroglio, Maryland - 73

Nebraska Individuals
T12. Noor Ahmed - 72
T31. Kate Smith - 75
T41. Annie Sritragul - 76
T52. Audrey Judd - 77
T69. Haley Thiele - 80
T78. Hannah Thiele - 83


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