Kate Smith competes at U.S. State team golf championship

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. - Carding a final-round 10-over par 154 Saturday, Minnesota finished 12th at the 2015 U.S. Women's State Team Championship at Dalhousie Golf Club.

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TEAM MINNESOTA (L-R) Team Captain Claudia Pilot, Leigh Klasse, Kate Smith and Olivia Herrick. Submitted photo

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. – Carding a final-round 10-over par 154 Saturday, Minnesota finished 12th at the 2015 U.S. Women’s State Team Championship at Dalhousie Golf Club.

The team from Georgia entered the final round two strokes behind the 36-hole leaders from Florida, but posted a 7-over par 151 on the final day to win this year’s championship by three shots.

For the third consecutive round, Minnesota was led by Detroit Lakes High School senior, Kate Smith, who carded a final-round 76 to finish tied for 24th individually at 10-over par 226.

During Saturday’s final round Smith carded three bogeys over the first four holes starting on the back nine before rolling in a birdie at the par-5 18th hole to turn at 2-over for the day.

Smith would card a second birdie at the second hole but fell back to 3-over for the round after taking a double-bogey at the par-3 fifth.


Bouncing back with a birdie at the sixth, Smith would take a second double-bogey at the eighth before finishing the tournament with a bogey on the final hole to card a 77, shooting 216.

Olivia Herrick, Roseville, Minn., carded a 5-over par 77 during Saturday’s final round to finish the championship tied for 33rd individually at 228.

A triple-bogey would lead to Herrick turning at 6-over par Saturday, but she would rebound on the front nine as she carded a birdie at the par-5 second hole before giving back a stroke with bogey at the fifth.

Herrick rolled in her birdie putt on the final hole to finish the day at 77, tied for 33rd at 12-over par 228 for the championship.

Leigh Klasse carded three bogeys during her front nine Saturday before carding another three bogeys on the back with one double-bogey to shoot a final-round 80 as she would finish her ninth U.S. Women’s State Team Championship tied for 57th at 16-over par 232.

Minnesota dropped three spots from the previous day to finish tied for 12th with Tennessee at 21-over par 453, 17 behind Georgia.              

Smith led the way for Minnesota during the second round Friday as she fired a 1-over par 73 after contributing with a 76 during the opening round Thursday.

Smith opened her round Friday on the back nine with a pair of bogeys at the 10th and 12th holes to slip to 2-over for the day, but answered with back-to-back birdies at the 13th and 14th to pull even.


After a bogey at the par-4 16th hole, Smith would turn at 1-over before making bogey at the first hole, falling to 2-over for the round.

Battling back with birdies at the third and fifth holes, Smith would again get to even for the day, but would finish the second round at 1-over par 73 following a birdie at the 177-yard eighth hole.

Smith carded a birdie and one bogey on the opening nine holes Thursday, before playing the final nine holes at 4-over 76.

Robert Williams has been a sports editor for Forum Communications in Perham and Detroit Lakes since 2011.
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