Kate Smith enters the final round of the Clover Cup tied for 15th.
Photo by Scott Bruhn/Nebraska Communications

Smith Leads Huskers at Clover Cup

By NU Athletic Communications

Mesa, Ariz. - Kate Smith shot a one-over-par 73 in the second round to move into a tie for 15th place on the individual leaderboard after 36 holes at the Clover Cup on Saturday.

Smith, a junior from Detroit Lakes, Minn., enters Sunday's final round with a two-round total of 150 (+6) on the par-72, 6,184-yard layout of the Longbow Golf Club. Her 73 on Saturday helped the Huskers finish with a team total of 307 in the second round to head to Sunday in 10th place at 622 in the 15-team field.

Redshirt freshman Kirsten Baete (Beatrice, Neb.) put up Nebraska's second-best score of the day with a 76 to move into a tie for 33rd at 154 after 36 holes.

True freshman Vanessa Bouvet (Bandar Seri Begawan, Brunei) added a 77 to end the day in a tie for 42nd at 156.

Sophomore Noor Ahmed provided the Huskers their fourth score of the round with an 81.

No. 1 USC owns the team lead at 585 (292-293), 13 shots better than Oklahoma at 598 (299-299). Kentucky sits in third at 599 (298-301), while Mississippi State is in fourth at 603 (298-305).

Kentucky's Leonie Bettel sits atop the individual leaderboard at 141 (67-74), while USC's Jennifer Chang is three strokes back in second at 144 (72-72).

Megan Whittaker continued to play well as an individual outside the Husker lineup. The true freshman from Elkhorn managed a 78 after opening the tournament with a 73 on Friday. Whittaker heads to Sunday's final round in a tie for 21st at 151. 

Sophomore Hannah Thiele (Wahoo, Neb.) has carded rounds of 78 and 79 in her first action of the spring season to enter the final round tied for 49th at 157, while playing as an individual outside the Husker lineup.

Junior Haley Thiele (Wahoo, Neb.) has managed rounds of 81 and 82 to move to the final round at 163.

The Clover Cup's final round begins with a shotgun start at 10 a.m. (CT).

The Clover Cup
Host: Notre Dame
Longbow Golf Club (Par 72, 6,184 Yards)
Mesa, Ariz.
March 15-17, 2019

Team Standings (Two Rounds)
1. USC - 292-293-585 (+9)
2. Oklahoma - 299-299-598 (+22)
3. Kentucky - 298-301-599 (+23)
4. Mississippi State - 298-305-603 (+27)
5. Houston - 306-300-606 (+30)
6. Notre Dame - 303-306-609 (+33)
7. Kansas State - 306-305-611 (+35)
8. Mercer - 310-305-615 (+39)
9. Wisconsin - 313-307-620 (+44)
10. Nebraska - 315-307-622 (+46)
11. UNC Greensboro - 316-307-623 (+47)
12. FIU - 316-314-630 (+54)
13. IUPUI - 322-320-642 (+66)
14. Cincinnati - 330-322-652 (+76)
15. Western Carolina - 339-326-665 (+89)

Individual Leaderboard (Two Rounds)
1. Leonie Bettel, Kentucky - 67-74-141 (-3)
2. Jennifer Chang, USC - 72-72-144 (E)
T3. Libby Winans, Oklahoma - 74-72-146 (+2)
T3. Emma Albrecht, Notre Dame - 72-74-146 (+2)
T3. Leonie Harm, Houston - 71-75-146 (+2)
T6. Malia Nam, USC - 73-74-147 (+3)
T6. Aubree Jones, Mississippi State - 72-75-147 (+3)
T6. Amelia Garvey, USC - 74-73-147 (+3)
T9. Mary Janiga, Mercer - 78-70-148 (+4)
T9. Isabelle DiLisio, Notre Dame - 75-73-148 (+4)
T9. *Aiko Leong, USC - 74-74-148 (+4)

Nebraska Individuals
T15. Kate Smith - 77-73-150 (+6)
T21. *Megan Whittaker - 73-78-151 (+7)
T33. Kirsten Baete - 78-76-154 (+10)
T42. Vanessa Bouvet - 79-77-156 (+12)
T49. *Hannah Thiele - 78-79-157 (+13)
T67. Haley Thiele - 81-82-163 (+19)
T72. Noor Ahmed - 83-81-164 (+20)
*competing as an individual outside Nebraska's lineup

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