Noor Ahmed is tied for 11th in a talented 82-player field through two rounds at the Lady Puerto Rico Classic.
Photo by Isabel Thalken/Nebraska Communications

Ahmed Climbs Leaderboard in Puerto Rico

By NU Athletic Communications

Noor Ahmed fired an even-par 72 to climb into a tie for 11th place on the individual leaderboard at the end of 36 holes at the Lady Puerto Rico Classic in Rio Grande, Puerto Rico on Monday.

Ahmed, a sophomore from Folsom, Calif., enters Tuesday's final round at two-over-par 146 through two rounds on the par-72, 6,164-yard layout of the River Course at the Rio Mar Country Club. Ahmed is six strokes back of co-leaders Dorthea Forbrigd (East Carolina) and Karoline Stormo (Kent State).

Ahmed provided a bright spot for the Huskers, who pieced together a 310 team total on Monday to close the day at 614 over two rounds. Junior Kate Smith managed a six-over 78 to move to the final round with a 36-hole total of 152 in a tie for 48th. 

Redshirt freshman Kirsten Baete carded Nebraska's No. 3 round of the day with a 79, while junior Haley Thiele rounded out the Huskers' team score with an 81. Thiele sits in a tie for 73rd at 159, while Baete and Husker freshman Vanessa Bouvet are tied for 77th at 161 after two rounds.

Freshman Megan Whittaker, who is playing as an individual outside Nebraska's lineup at the Lady Puerto Rico Classic finished the second round with a five-over-par 77. Whittaker, who shot a 78 in Sunday's opening round, is tied for 62nd at 155.

In a loaded field that features nine of the top-50 women's golf teams in the nation, No. 11 Kent State surged to the team lead with an even-par 288 in the second round. Kent State (580) owns a five-stroke lead over No. 7 Arkansas (585), while the hosts from No. 29 Purdue (588) and East Carolina (588) sit eight shots back of the leaders.

The Lady Puerto Rico Classic concludes on Tuesday with a shotgun start for the final round beginning at 5:30 a.m. (CT). Live scoring will be available from GolfStat.com.

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

Team Leaderboards (Second Round)
1. Kent State - 292-288-580 (+4)
2. Arkansas - 289-296-585 (+9)
T3. Purdue - 292-296-588 (+12)
T3. East Carolina - 297-291-588 (+12)
5. Virginia Tech - 298-291-589 (+13)
6. TCU - 290-301-591 (+15)
7. Georgia - 299-293-592 (+16)
8. Northwestern - 302-292-594 (+18)
9. Maryland - 307-292-599 (+23)
T10. Iowa State - 304-297-601 (+25)
T10. Augusta - 300-301-601 (+25)
12. Indiana - 300-303-603 (+27)
13. NC State - 300-307-607 (+31)
14. Nebraska - 304-310-614 (+38)

Individual Leaderboard (Second Round)
T1. Dorthea Forbrigd, East Carolina - 67-73-140 (-4)
T1. Karoline Stormo, Kent State - 69-71-140 (-4)
3. Emily Mahar, Virginia Tech - 72-71-143 (-1)
T4. Micaela Farah, Purdue - 72-72-144 (E)
T4. Harmie Constantino, Georgia - 72-72-144 (E)
T4. Gaby Coello, Georgia - 75-69-144 (E)
T4. Kaylee Benton, Arkansas - 71-73-144 (E)
T4. Maria Fassi, Arkansas - 71-73-144 (E)
T4. Dylan Kim, Arkansas - 69-74-144 (E)
10. Elizabeth Bose, Virginia Tech - 71-74-145 (+1)

Nebraska Individuals
T11. Noor Ahmed - 74-72-146 (+2)
T48. Kate Smith - 74-78-152 (+8)
T62. Megan Whittaker - 78-77-155 (+11)
T73. Haley Thiele - 78-81-159 (+15)
T77. Kirsten Baete - 82-79-161 (+17)
T77. Vanessa Bouvet - 78-83-161 (+17)

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