Photo by Scott Bruhn/Nebraska Communications

Ahmed, Smith Lead Huskers in Puerto Rico

By NU Athletic Communications

The Nebraska women's golf team began the spring with an opening-round 306 at the Lady Puerto Rico Classic in Rio Grande, P.R., on Sunday morning.

The Huskers, who were led by two-over-par scores of 74 from junior Kate Smith and sophomore Noor Ahmed on the 6,164-yard layout of the River Course at the Rio Mar Country Club, closed the first 18 holes in a tie for 12th with Iowa State. Smith and Ahmed head into Monday's second round in a tie for 22nd individually. 

Haley Thiele, Vanessa Bouvet and Megan Whittaker each finished their first rounds of the spring at 78, while Kirsten Baete rounded out the Husker contingent with an 82. Thiele, Bouvet and Whittaker are tied for 56th.

Arkansas heads to Monday's second round in first place in the team standings with a one-over 289. The Razorbacks entered the tournament ranked No. 7 nationally as one of nine teams ranked among the nation's top 50 in the 14-team field.

No. 21 TCU sits in second place at 290, while No. 11 Kent State and the hosts from No. 29 Purdue (292) are just three strokes behind the leaders from Arkansas.

Action continues tomorrow at the Lady Puerto Rico Classic with a shotgun start at 6 a.m. (CT). 

Lady Puerto Rico Classic
Rio Mar Country Club (Rio Grande, P.R.)
River Course (Par 72, 6,164 Yards)
Feb. 10-12, 2019

Team Leaderboard (First Round)
1. Arkansas - 289 (+1)
2. TCU - 290 (+2)
T3. Kent State - 292 (+4)
T3. Purdue - 292 (+4)
5. East Carolina - 297 (+9)
6. Virginia Tech - 298 (+10)
7. Georgia - 299 (+11)
T8. Augusta - 300 (+12)
T8. NC State - 300 (+12)
T8. Indiana - 300 (+12)
11. Northwestern - 302 (+14)
T12. Nebraska - 304 (+16)
T12. Iowa State - 304 (+16)
14. Maryland - 307 (+19)

Individual Leaderboard (First Round)
1. Dorthea Forbrigd, East Carolina - 67 (-5)
T2. Dylan Kim, Arkansas - 69 (-3)
T2. Karoline Stormo, Kent State - 69 (-3)
T2. Danielle DuToit, Purdue - 69 (-3)
5. Chloe Salort, Kent State - 70 (-2)
T6. Erin Harper, Indiana - 71 (-1)
T6. Kaylee Benton, Arkansas - 71 (-1)
T6. Sabrina Iqbal, TCU - 71 (-1)
T6. Elizabeth Bose, Virginia Tech - 71 (-1)
T6. Mari Fassi, Arkansas - 71 (-1)
T6. Linda Lundqvist, Augusta - 71 (-1)

Nebraska Golfers
T22. Kate Smith - 74 (+2)
T22. Noor Ahmed - 74 (+2)
T56. Haley Thiele - 78 (+6)
T56. Vanessa Bouvet - 78 (+6)
*T56. Megan Whittaker - 78 (+6)
82. Kirsten Baete - 82 (+10)

*competing as an individual outside Nebraska's lineup

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