Eight Iowa Conference championships
NORMAL, Ill. — The Central College women’s golf squad carded a 339 for the first round of the Ill. Wesleyan Spring Fling, good for 13th in the team standings Saturday.
Rain in the morning delayed the start time by four hours, leaving players to contend with wet conditions throughout the day at Ironwood Golf Course.
DePauw University (Ind.) leads the 18-team field with a 306 through the first 18 holes. Olivet College (Mich.) is two strokes ahead of Central, sitting 12th with a 337.
Senior Sarah Paulson (Ottumwa) led the Dutch with a 6-over 78, leaving her tied for 11th in the 102-player field.
“That’s about her average,” said coach Tim Wilkinson. “I think she felt like she left some shots out there, but it’s tough to warm up, then get delayed for that long before starting up again. All in all, I feel good about how she played.”
Senior Ali Miller (Davenport, North HS) followed Paulson with an 84, leaving her in a tie for 44th. Freshman Taylor Hill (Treynor) shot an 88 and Kaurie Kincaid (junior, Knoxville) was one stroke back with an 89. Hill is tied for 64th and Kincaid notched in a tie at 68th. Junior Ashley Smith (Johnsburg, Ill.) rounded out the Dutch contingent, tying for 85th after carding a 95.
“I thought we battled out there and put up with the elements, but we’ll look for better scores tomorrow. I think we’ll be feeling more comfortable on the greens. Despite the rain and puddling, they’re really compacted. It’s been dry and the greens are really fast.”
Round two kicks off Sunday at 9 a.m. from Normal, Ill.