Nebraska senior Kate Smith claimed the 2019 Minnesota Women's State Open Championship on July 31.
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Smith Wins Minnesota Open Championship

By NU Athletic Communications

Nebraska's Kate Smith sank a 25-foot birdie putt on the second playoff hole to capture the 2019 Minnesota Women's State Open Championship at the Southview Country Club in West St. Paul on Wednesday.

Smith, a senior from Detroit Lakes, Minn., used a birdie putt on the 18th hole to close the second round at one-over-par 72 and force the playoff against Jasi Archarya. Smith closed the 36-hole tournament at five-over-par 147 on the 5,931-yard, par-71 layout at Southview, including back-to-back rounds of two-under 33 on the back nine.

Both Smith and Acharya recorded pars on the first playoff hole before Smith's long birdie putt for the title on the second hole. Acharya was the 2006 Big Sky Conference champion at the University of Montana and was a four-time Montana high school state champion who went on to compete on the Symetra Tour.

Smith, who was a five-time Minnesota Class 2A state champion at Detroit Lakes High School, said her persistent approach on Wednesday paid off. 

"I just wanted to give myself birdie opportunities on every hole," Smith said. "I putted pretty well this week, so I knew one would fall eventually if we kept playing."

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