Kate Smith tied for 19th at the 2018 Big Ten Championship in Maineville, Ohio.
Photo by Scott Bruhn/Nebraska Communications

Smith Claims Top 20 Big Ten Finish

By NU Athletic Communications

Kate Smith produced a top-20 finish at the Big Ten Women's Golf Championship by closing the 54-hole event with a 75 in the final round on Sunday at TPC River's Bend in Maineville, Ohio.

Smith, a sophomore from Detroit Lakes, Minn., tied for 19th in an 84-player field with a three-round total of 218 (75-68-75) to lead the Huskers at the three-day tournament on the par-72, 6,357-yard layout at TPC River's Bend. Smith defeated five top-100 golfers nationally during the tournament, which included 11 top-100 players overall.

Noor Ahmed, a freshman from Folsom, Calif., added a 76 on Sunday to secure Nebraska's No. 2 overall finish at 225 (72-77-76). Ahmed finished in a tie for 40th, while senior Audrey Judd (Olathe, Kan.) also shot a final-round 76 to tie for 49th at 228 (77-75-76).

Sophomore Annie Sritragul (Bangkok, Thailand) gave Nebraska a third 76 in the final round, as she finished in tie for 70th overall at 235. Those four scores gave Nebraska a third-round team total of 303, as the Huskers finished 13th overall at 905.

Michigan State captured the team title with a final-round 290 to finish at 859, four strokes ahead of Maryland and Illinois at 863. Northwestern and Ohio State tied for fourth at 865.

OSU's Jaclyn Lee claimed medalist honors, winning the individual title by four strokes with a 54-hole score of 207 (66-68-73). Michigan State's Sarah Burnham (72-69-70) and Maryland's Xiaolin Tian (72-67-72) tied for second at 211. 

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

Final Team Standings
1. Michigan State - 283-286-290-859
T2. Maryland - 288-280-295-863
T2. Illinois - 292-290-281-863
T4. Northwestern - 293-292-280-865
T4. Ohio State - 289-282-294-865
6. Purdue - 293-285-289-867
7. Michigan - 298-290-295-883
8. Penn State - 309-294-284-887
T9. Wisconsin - 299-291-299-889
T9. Indiana - 301-289-299-889
11. Minnesota - 302-301-294-897
12. Iowa - 299-299-302-900
13. Nebraska - 300-302-303-905
14. Rutgers - 312-301-301-914

Final Individual Standings 
1. Jaclyn Lee, Ohio State - 66-68-73-207
T2. Sarah Burnham, Michigan State - 72-69-70-211
T2. Xiaolin Tian, Maryland - 72-67-72-211
T4. Allyson Geer, Michigan State - 67-72-73-212
T4. Cara Basso, Penn State - 75-67-70-212
T4. Janet Mao, Northwestern - 72-72-66-212
7. Sabrine Garrison, Minnesota - 70-74-69-213
T8. Grace Park, Illinois - 71-73-70-214
T8. Bing Singhsumalee, Illinois - 71-70-73-214
T8. Chayanid Prapassarangkul, Illinois - 74-72-68-214
T8. Rio Watanabe, Ohio State - 72-67-75-214

Nebraska Individuals
T19. Kate Smith - 75-68-75-218
T40. Noor Ahmed - 72-77-76-225
T49. Audrey Judd - 77-75-76-228
T70. Annie Sritragul - 76-83-76-235
79. Haley Thiele - 80-82-82-244
83. Hannah Thiele - 83-88-83-254

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