Mesa, Ariz - Kate Smith fired a four-under-par 68 to lead the Nebraska women's golf team in the opening round of the Clover Cup at the Longbow Golf Club on Friday.
Smith, a freshman from Detroit Lakes, Minn., played one of her best rounds of the season on the 6,184-yard layout at Longbow to tie for fourth after the first 18 holes. Smith sits two strokes back of tournament co-leaders Courtney Tibiletti from Houston and Julienne Soo from Oklahoma, who both fired first-round scores of 66. Notre Dame's Isabella DiLisio is alone in third place at 67, while Smith is in a three-way tie for fourth with Arizona State's Linnea Strom and Florida State's Kim Metraux.
With Smith leading the way, the Huskers closed the opening round in a tie for 11th with Vanderbilt at 302 in the 15-team field.
Junior Audrey Judd carded Nebraska's second-best round of the day with a 77 to sit in a tie for 48th, while freshman Annie Sritragul is in a tie for 57th at 78. Senior Sarah Pravecek provided Nebraska with its final score of the round with a 79 to enter tomorrow's second round in a tie for 64th.
Junior Emily Gillman rounded out Nebraska's competitors with an 80 to tie for 68th.
Florida State provided the top team score on Friday with a nine-under-par 279, while Arizona State sits in second at 281. Oklahoma is just one shot back of the Sun Devils at 282, while Houston (287) and the hosts from Notre Dame and TCU (292) round out the top five in the team standings after one round.
The Huskers continue action at the Clover Cup on Saturday with the second round beginning with tee times at 10 a.m. (CT). Live scoring is available from BirdieFire.com.
Mesa, Ariz. (Longbow Golf Club)
Par 72, 6,184 Yards
March 17-19, 2017
Team Standings (First Round)
1. Florida State - 279
2. Arizona State - 281
3. Oklahoma - 282
4. Houston - 287
T5. Notre Dame - 292
T5. TCU - 292
7. Florida International - 294
8. Minnesota - 300
T9. Kentucky - 301
T9. Cincinnati - 301
T11. Nebraska - 302
T11. Vanderbilt - 302
13. UNC Greensboro - 307
14. Indiana - 310
15. IUPUI - 322
Individual Leaderboard (First Round)
T1. Courtney Tibiletti, Houston - 66
T1. Julienne Soo, Oklahoma - 66
3. Isabella DiLisio, Notre Dame - 67
T4. Kate Smith, Nebraska - 68
T4. Linnea Strom, Arizona State - 68
T4. Kim Metraux, Florida State - 68
T7. Morgane Metraux, Florida State - 69
T7. Monica Vaughn, Arizona State - 69
T9. Ana Ruiz, Oklahoma - 70
T9. Emmy Martin, TCU - 70
T9. Matilda Castren, Florida State - 70
T9. Camila Serrano, Florida International - 70
T9. Brooke McDougald, TCU - 70
T4. Kate Smith - 70
T48. Audrey Judd - 77
T57. Annie Sritragul - 78
T64. Sarah Pravecek - 79
T68. Emily Gillman - 80