Eight Iowa Conference championships
ANGOLA, IND.— Central College senior Sarah Paulson (Ottumwa) fired a 1-over par on her front nine and turned in a 77 to climb to the top 10 after the opening round of the NCAA Division III women’s golf tournament Tuesday.
Paulson is tied for 10th in the 101-player field. Georgiana Salant of Williams College took the individual lead with an even-par 72 on the 5,990-yard Zollner Golf Course.
Paulson got off to a hot start on hole No. 10, posting a birdie on the par 5 before recording another birdie four holes later.
“Sarah had a good first nine,” coach Tim Wilkinson said. “She actually hit the ball into the trees on her first hole and it bounced off a tree and saved her from potentially going out of bounds. Then she had a phenomenal second shot to get off to a birdie start.”
But Paulson had a double-bogey on No. 17 and a somewhat rocky finish with four bogeys, including two to close the round.
“Sarah didn’t play terrible on her final nine but she had some missed opportunities,” Wilkinson said. “She feels like she could have played better on the front nine.”
Playing the same course all four rounds, Paulson will tee off in the early wave Wednesday and start at approximately 8:50 a.m.
“She’ll start on No. 1 tomorrow and have the chance to get right back out there to put good scores up,” Wilkinson said. “It’ll be colder when she tees off and a little less windy, which will help her out since she hits the ball as high as she does. It will be exciting to see her continue to play well in a competitive mix.”
Paulson made her national debut in 2009, capturing all-America honors when she finished tied for sixth. She is a three-time Iowa Conference medalist and MVP.