Smith secures two more Palmer Cup victories
Nebraska Golfer Kate smith picked up two more wins to go 3-0 and help earn three big points for Team USA in the 25th annual Arnold Palmer Cup at Rich Harvest Farms in Sugar Grove, Illinois on Saturday.
Smith, the 2021 Big Ten champion from Detroit Lakes, Minnesota, joined her US teammate Lauren Hartlage for a 3 & 2 victory over Team International’s Agathe Laisne and Ana Pelaez Trivino in Saturday morning’s Mixed Foursome competition.
Smith, a 2021 WGCA and Golfweek All-American, was joined by three-time All-American Hartlage from the University of Louisville to claim a key victory for the American team. Laisne (France) of the international team was the 2019 All-American and Big 12 first-team champion in Texas, while Pelaez Trivino (Spain) was a two-time All-American in South Carolina.
Smith and Hartlage’s victory put Team USA close to a point (12.5-11.5) ahead of Saturday afternoon’s second round of mixed foursome play at the Arnold Cup. Palmer. Team International picked up steam with four straight wins from Game 19 to Game 22 to take a 12.5-9.5 lead, before Pierceson Coody (Texas) and William Moll (Vanderbilt) teamed up for a win 2 & 1 in Game 23. Smith and Hartlage then completed the crucial final game of the morning to help the USA build momentum ahead of the afternoon foursome.
The United States took some control ahead of Sunday’s singles competition by winning nine of the afternoon’s 12 foursome games, including a dominant 5 & 4 victory for Smith and Brad Reeves, the Pac-12 champion. 2021 in Arizona, in Game 30. one of Team USA’s three wins 5 & 4 in the afternoon foursome
Smith and Reeves took the victory in just 14 holes over Virunpat Olinkitkunchai (Thailand), who was an All-Big Ten selection in 2021 and twice in the All-Big Ten first team in Maryland, and her teammate Puwit Anupansuebsai (Thailand) . Anupansuebsai is a two-time All-American and 2020 Mountain West Conference Champion in San Diego State.
Team USA pulled an 8-5-3.5 advantage in the afternoon mixed foursomes to take a 20-16 lead in the overall standings. A total of 24 points will be up for grabs in 24 singles matches at the Arnold Palmer Cup in the final round of competition on Sunday. The United States has a historic 12-11-1 advantage in Arnold Palmer Cup history.