Eight Iowa Conference championships
WAVERLY — The Central College women’s golf team can shoot in any weather. After taking second in a storm-shortened tournament last weekend, the Dutch had a solid performance on a beautiful Saturday during day one of the Wartburg Invitational. Through the first 18 holes, the Central College women’s golf team sits fifth in the 20-team field with a score of 326.
“There’s some great competition in this field. We played well to put ourselves in fifth, other teams just shot really low,” said coach Tim Wilkinson.
Reigning Iowa Conference champion Wartburg holds the lead in its home tournament with 310. St. Olaf (Minn.) follows with 312, Carleton (Minn.) has 318, and Viterbo (Wis.) is fourth with 322.
Senior standout Sarah Paulson (Ottumwa, Ottumwa HS) shot 76, tied for second on the individual leaderboard. Carleton’s Gina Kabasakalis leads with a 74.
After missing fall action in 2010, the former Iowa Conference most valuable player is quickly reestablishing herself as a leader on the Dutch squad.
“Sarah is almost back to where she wants to be,” said Wilkinson.
Coming back from a disappointing 93 last week, junior Ashley Smith (Johnsburg Ill., Johnsburg HS) shot an 80 on Saturday, good for second best on the squad.
Ali Miller (senior, Davenport, North HS) and Kaurie Kincaid (junior, Knoxville, Knoxville HS) both had 85 and Kelsey Van Tasell (freshman, Pella, Pella HS) recorded a 92 to round out varsity scoring.
Action continues tomorrow at 8 a.m. at the par-72 Centennial Oaks Golf Course. Wilkinson is looking for Saturday’s course experience to help Central close out the tournament.
“By day two you’re usually more comfortable on the greens,” he said. “That should help us stay out of trouble and finish out.”