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Nebraska's Kate Smith's remarkable year now includes invite to the Arnold Palmer Cup

Nebraska's Kate Smith's remarkable year now includes invite to the Arnold Palmer Cup

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Kate Smith's final run in Husker red continues to get better.

The Nebraska senior golfer claimed her most prestigious honor yet when she was chosen to represent the United States in the Arnold Palmer Cup June 11-13 at Rich Harvest Farms outside of Chicago.

The Palmer Cup matches the top 12 U.S. men's and women's collegiate golfers against the top 12 collegiate international golfers in a similar format to the Ryder Cup. It is the only major tournament that features men and women playing side-by-side as partners in a mixed four-ball format.

More than 100 former Arnold Cup competitors have gone on to earn playing cards on either the PGA, LPGA and European tours. This year's Arnold Cup will also include Big Ten women's golfer of the year Irene Kim of Northwestern.

"I am so honored to be selected to represent the United States on this year's Palmer Cup team," Smith said in a statement Tuesday. "It should be an amazing experience, and I am excited to compete for my country at a high level."

Smith is coming off a first-place finish at the Big Ten Championships. She shot a final-round 64, tying her own school record, in earning the program's first conference golf championship since 2003. Her performance helped the Huskers land an NCAA regional berth for the first time since 2008.

Earlier this spring, Smith competed in the second annual Augusta National Women's Amateur. She led the tournament through 11 holes. She also competed in the U.S. Women's Amateur in August in Rockville, Maryland.

"It has been so exciting to watch her receive all the recognition that she has earned this year because of the amazing work she has put into becoming one of the nation's best collegiate golfers," NU coach Lisa Johnson said in a statement.

 

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