Eight Iowa Conference championships
PELLA — Freshman Taylor Hill (Treynor) topped the individual standings as the Central College women’s golf team finished its spring season with a 47-stroke victory at the Central Spring Invitational Saturday at Bos Landen Golf Club in Pella.
“It was a good day for us,” said coach Tim Wilkinson. “I challenged the players yesterday to improve on their short game and they did that. I think we improved all the way around. I’m very happy for the team and for Taylor taking medalist honors.”
The Dutch shaved 13 strokes from their opening-round score Saturday, carding a 345-332—667 to claim a decisive victory in the seven-team field. Iowa Conference rival Luther College shot a 356-358—714 to finish second while Grinnell College earned a 375-374—749 finish, good for third.
Hill finished the tournament with a 79-85—164 on the par-72, 5805-yard course, leading a trio of Dutch golfers in the top five. Senior Sarah Paulson (Ottumwa) was third at 85-82—167, wrapping up a stellar career that includes three individual Iowa Conference titles and an all-America recognition. Senior Ali Miller (Davenport, North HS) was fifth Saturday, carding a 89-82—171.
“Having three in the top five is great,” said Wilkinson. “Not only is it our home tournament, but for Ali and Sarah it is their last meet for the Dutch. It’s great to see them play well the last two days.”
Ashley Smith (junior, Johnsburg, Ill.) was just behind Miller, finishing sixth with a 92-83—175 and Kaurie Kincaid (junior, Knoxville) rounded out Central’s top five with a 96-85—181 effort, finishing tied for ninth in the 38-player field.
Central’s 2011-12 campaign included two tournament victories, both at home. In addition to Saturday’s win, Central took the Central Invitational title in the fall. The Dutch were second at the Iowa Conference tournament in October, while Paulson added her third conference medalist recognition. Miller joins Paulson as Central’s only graduating seniors.
“This spring has been a great season for us,” said Wilkinson. “I’m very proud of the team for their hard work this entire year. It has been a privilege to be a part of.”