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Smith earns top 10 finish in Hawaii to wrap fall season

Former Laker Kate Smith finished up the fall season of her junior year at Nebraska with a team-best third top 10 finish in five meets at the Wahine Invitational in Hawaii Wednesday, Oct. 31. NU Athletic Communications

Nebraska junior Kate Smith (Detroit Lakes, Minn.) carded a one-under-par 71 over 18 holes to produce her second straight top 10 finish at the rain-shortened Wahine Invitational Wednesday, Oct. 31 to close out the fall season.

Smith followed up a top 10 finish after tying for eighth at the UNLV Collegiate Showdown (Oct. 21-23).

Smith, who opened the fall with a sixth-place finish at the Ptarmigan Ram Fall Classic, led the Huskers with a trio of top 10 finishes in five fall tournaments.

Freshman Vanessa Bouvet fired a two-under-par 70 to tie for second-place in Hawaii.

With Bouvet and Smith leading the way, the Huskers finished in third place in the 12-team field. Nebraska's one-over-par 289 was just two strokes behind the tournament champions from Florida International (287) and one shot back of runner-up New Mexico State (288).

Sophomore Noor Ahmed (Folsom, Calif.) continued to play solid golf for the Big Red with a one-over-par 73 to tie for 17th in the individual standings, while redshirt freshman Kirsten Baete (Beatrice, Neb.) tied for 28th.

Junior Haley Thiele completed Nebraska's lineup with an 81 to tie for 53rd, while Megan Whittaker tied for 56th with an 82 while playing as an individual outside the Husker lineup.

Nebraska will return to action for the spring portion of its schedule beginning with the Lady Puerto Rico Classic (Feb. 10-12).

Rainbow Wahine Invitational

Kapolei Golf Club (Kapolei, Oahu)

Par 72, 6,128 yards

Wednesday, Oct. 31, 2018

Final Team Results

1. Florida International - 287 (-1)

2. New Mexico State - 288 (E)

3. Nebraska - 289 (+1)

4. Sacramento State - 290 (+2)

5. Hawaii - 294 (+6)

6. Brigham Young - 295 (+7)

7. Sam Houston State - 296 (+8)

8. Grand Canyon - 301 (+13)

9. Northern Arizona - 302 (+14)

10. UTRGV - 306 (+18)

11. Hawaii-Pacific - 343 (+55)

12. Hawaii-Hilo - 346 (+58)

Final Individual Results

1. Hannah Alberto, Sam Houston State - 69 (-3)

T2. Vanessa Bouvet, Nebraska - 70 (-2)

T2. Sofie Babic, Sacramento State - 70 (-2)

T2. Carolina Andrade Guzman, Florida International - 70 (-2)

T2. Valentina Gilly, Florida International - 70 (-2)

T6. Kate Smith, Nebraska - 71 (-1)

T6. Siripatsorn Patchana, Grand Canyon - 71 (-1)

T6. Courtney Vogel, Grand Canyon - 71 (-1)

T6. Sahara Washington, Hawaii - 71 (-1)

T6. Suthavee Chanachai, New Mexico State - 71 (-1)

T6. Rose Huang, Brigham Young - 71 (-1)

Nebraska Individuals

T2. Vanessa Bouvet - 70 (-2)

T6. Kate Smith - 71 (-1)

T17. Noor Ahmed - 73 (+1)

T28. Kirsten Baete - 75 (+3)

T53. Haley Thiele - 81 (+8)

*T56. Megan Whittaker - 82 (+9)

*competed as an individual outside Nebraska's lineup