Kate Smith is tied for 11th after two rounds at the Lady Buckeye Invitational.
Photo by Scott Bruhn/Nebraska Communications

Smith Leads Huskers in Ohio

By NU Athletic Communications

Columbus, Ohio - Kate Smith fired back-to-back rounds of 74 to sit in a tie for 11th after the first day of the Lady Buckeye Invitational on the Scarlet Course on Saturday.

Smith, a junior from Detroit Lakes, Minnesota, closed the first 36 holes on the par-72, 6,319-yard layout at the Scarlet Course with a two-round total of 148 (+4).

Smith's consistent rounds helped the Huskers to back-to-back team totals of 304, to head to Sunday's final round at 608 in 10th place in the strong 12-team field.

Megan Whittaker put together the second-best day for the Huskers with rounds of 75 and 77 to head to the final round in a tie for 32nd at 152. Whittaker, a true freshman from Elkhorn, Nebraska, is making the first lineup appearance of her college career.

Junior Haley Thiele (Wahoo, Nebraska) added rounds of 76 and 77 to sit in a tie for 40th at 153, while redshirt freshman Kirsten Baete (Beatrice, Nebraska) contributed rounds of 79 and 76 to close the day in a tie for 51st at 155.

Hannah Thiele (T67th, 80-80-160) and Noor Ahmed (75th, 85-85-170) rounded out the Nebraska contingent in the six-count-four format at Ohio State.

The Lady Buckeye Invitational concludes with 18 holes on Sunday beginning with a shotgun start at 7:30 a.m. (CT).

Lady Buckeye Invitational
April 13-14, 2019
Columbus, Ohio 
Scarlet Course (Par 72, 6,319 Yards)

Team Standings (Two Rounds)
1. Michigan State - 288-294-582 (+6)
2. Kent State - 293-291-584 (+8)
T3. Ohio State - 293-298-591 (+15)
T3. Michigan - 297-294-591 (+15)
T5. Illinois - 298-294-592 (+16)
T5. Indianapolis - 296-296-592 (+16)
T5. Maryland - 296-296-592 (+16)
T8. Toledo - 306-299-605 (+29)
T8. Rutgers - 304-301-605 (+29)
10. Nebraska - 304-304-608 (+32)
11. Minnesota - 306-307-613 (+37)
12. Seton Hall - 309-314-623 (+47)

Individual Leaderboard (Two Rounds)
1. Pilar Echeverria, Indianapolis - 69-72-141 (-3)
2. Bing Singhsumalee, Illinois - 72-70-142 (-2)
3. Sydney Naro, Michigan State - 67-77-144 (E)
T4. Virunpat Olankitkunchai, Maryland - 72-73-145 (+1)
T4. Pimnipa Panthong, Kent State - 72-73-145 (+1)
T6. Karoline Stormo, Kent State - 75-71-146 (+2)
T6. Haylin Harris, Michigan State - 70-76-146 (+2)
T6. Ashley Lau, Michigan - 74-72-146 (+2)
T6. Ashley Kim, Michigan - 71-75-146 (+2)
10. Grace Kellar, Minnesota - 71-76-147 (+3)

Nebraska Individuals
T11. Kate Smith - 74-74-148 (+4)
T32. Megan Whittaker - 75-77-152 (+8)
T40. Haley Thiele - 76-77-153 (+9)
T51. Kirsten Baete - 79-76-155 (+11)
T67. Hannah Thiele - 80-80-160 (+16)
75. Noor Ahmed - 85-85-170 (+26)

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