Three Huskers Finish in Top Six at UNO Invite
NEBRASKA CITY, Neb. -- Kate Smith earned a collegiate career-best runner-up finish to lead the Nebraska women's golf team to a runner-up finish at the UNO Invitational at ArborLinks Golf Course on Saturday.
Smith, a sophomore from Detroit Lakes, Minn., fired a three-round score of 221 (76-70-75) to finish seven strokes back of individual medalist Natalie Roth (214) from North Dakota State.
Smith, who notched the fifth top-10 tournament finish as a Husker, was joined in the top six individually by fellow Huskers Audrey Judd and Haley Thiele.
Judd, a senior from Olathe, Kan., took fourth with a three-round total of 225 (78-70-77) to secure her third top-five finish in her past five collegiate tournaments.
Thiele, a sophomore from Wahoo, Neb., added a tie for sixth with a 227 (72-77-78) in her return to the Nebraska lineup after sitting out the 2016-17 season as a redshirt with an injury.
Overall, Nebraska finished a three-round team score of 899 (301-289-309) to finish seven strokes behind the tournament champions from North Dakota State (892). NU's second-place finish marked its best team finish since winning the Mountain View Collegiate in the spring of 2014.
Sophomore Annie Sritragul (Bangkok, Thailand) gave Nebraska four top-10 finishers by tying for ninth place with a score of 229 (76-73-80), while fellow sophomore Jessica Haraden posted a career-best score and finish, tying for 19th overall with a score of 232 (77-76-79).
True freshman Noor Ahmed (Folsom, Calif.) earned a 231 (76-79-76) to tie for 17th, while senior Emily Gillman (Austin, Texas) managed a 240 (73-86-81) to tie for 32nd. Ahmed and Gillman played as individuals outside the Husker lineup..
Results are available on BirdieFire.com and Huskers.com.
The Huskers will return to action on Sept. 17-19 at the East & West Match Play Challenge at University Ridge golf course in Madison, Wis.
Sept. 1-2, 2017
ArborLinks Golf Course (Nebraska City, Neb.)
Par 72, 6,134 Yards
Final Team Results
- North Dakota State - 302-292-298-892 +28
- Nebraska - 301-289-309-899 +35
- South Dakota - 307-305-323-924 +60
- Northern Iowa - 320-309-301-930 +66
- Omaha - 313-318-312-943 +79
- Drake - 322-316-309-947 +83
- Creighton - 316-314-324-954 +90
- North Dakota - 317-329-311-957 +93
Top Ten Individuals
1. Natalie Roth - North Dakota State 71-73-70-214 -2
2. Kate Smith - Nebraska 76-70-75-221 +5
3. Taylor McCorkle - North Dakota State 75-73-75-223 +7
4. Audrey Judd - Nebraska 78-70-77-225 +9
5. *Sydney Bormann - South Dakota State 76-73-77-226 +10
6. Alexis Thomas - North Dakota State 78-71-78-227 +1
Haley Thiele - Nebraska 72-77-78-227 +11
8. Megan Vetrovsky - Omaha 73-75-80-228 +12
9. Grace Dunn - Drake 79-75-75-229 +13
Lexi Petersen - South Dakota 77-75-77-229 +13
Annie Sritragul - Nebraska 76-73-80-229 +13
Jenna Janu, North Dakota 73-83-73-229 +13
*indicates a player played outside of team's lineup
NU's Team Results
2. Nebraska 301-289-309-899 +35
2. Kate Smith 76-70-75-221 +5
4. Audrey Judd 78-70-77-225 +9
T6. Haley Thiele 72-77-78-227 +11
T9. Annie Sritragul 76-73-80-229 +13
*T17. Noor Ahmed 76-79-76-231 +15
T19. Jessica Haraden 77-76-79-232 +16
*T32. Emily Gillman 73-86-81-240 +24