THE COLONY, Texas — In her first competition since the COVID-19 pandemic ended the collegiate season, sophomore Olivia Schmidt of the Arkansas State women’s golf team finished tied for 10th among amateurs at the Texas Women’s Open, held Tuesday through Thursday this week.
Schmidt carded an opening round 75 (+4), but posted a second round 74 (+3) before closing out the event with a final round 72 (+1). She finished tied for 10th among 64 amateurs. The final round 72 (+1) was the third-lowest round among amateurs.
In what ended up being the final competition of the season, Schmidt won the Lady Cat Invitational back on March 13. Schmidt finished the campaign with a 74.04 stroke average to rank second in program history. She posted four top-10 finishes in eight events, finishing in the top-25 in six of those eight tournaments.
Schmidt, of Edmond, Okla., was a first-team selection for the 2018 The Oklahoman All-City Girls Golf Team. Oklahoma’s largest newspaper stated “Schmidt had already been known as one of Class 5A’s top golfers, having pushed for a title each season. Despite rain washing out her final bid, the Arkansas State signee was still big throughout the spring.”
Schmidt helped lead Bishop McGuinness Catholic High School to a fifth-place finish in the Oklahoma Secondary School Activities Association Class 5A State Tournament, where she placed fourth as an individual during her junior season . The year prior, she finished runner-up at the state tournament .
She was named to the 2017 VYPE Fan’s Choice All-OKC Girls Golf Team following her junior campaign, while she was also honored on the 2016 OKC Girls All-VYPE Team. Schmidt has been tabbed an Oklahoma City-area Golfer to Watch by The Oklahoman, which also listed her as an All-City Prep Sports Award winner.
Freshman Sydni Leung also competed as an amateur in the tournament. She posted a first and second round total of 79 (+8) for a two-round total of 158, but missed the cut at +16.