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Arundel grad Smidinger invited to golf in the Challenge at Musket Ridge

Arundel graduate Elyse Smidinger, who won back-to-back girls state golf championships in 2010 and 2011, has been invited to play in the Symetra Tour's Challenge at Musket Ridge on a local exemption.

The tournament, which takes place in Myersville, is set for August 20-26.

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Smidinger, who will begin her freshman year at the University of Denver in the fall, also is a three-time Maryland Junior Championship winner. Her career highlight to date came last August at the U.S. Women's Amateur Golf Championships in Rhode Island when, seeded 64th, she upset No. 1 seed Jihee Kim of Korea in the first round.

The Challenge at Musket Ridge is a new event for the Symetra Tour, which is the official developmental tour of the LPGA.

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"I'm thrilled to accept the invitation to play in the upcoming Challenge at Musket Ridge," Smidinger said in a Symetra Tour news release. "I am looking forward to competing against a world-class field of professionals and to gain valuable experience. Competing in a Symetra Tour tournament will only help me reach my goal of becoming a professional golfer."

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