Displaying the poise that made her the best player in Central College women’s golf history, senior Sarah Paulson of Ottumwa used a back-nine eagle to propel her to a sizzling 73 and a tie for second place at the NCAA Division III Championships Friday. It’s the highest finish ever by a Dutch women’s golfer, bettering the sixth-place tie she turned in as a freshman in 2009.
Paulson finished at 77-77-76-73–303, part of a three-way tie and just a shot away from a national title. Catherine Wagner of Wisconsin-Eau Claire held off Paulson for first place, shooting 78-71-76-77–302. Paulson, who started on the back nine on the par-72 Zollner Golf Course, opened Friday with an even-par 36, carding two bogeys and two birdies. She then bogeyed the first three holes on the front before reaching the 462-yard, par-5 No. 5 hole in two shots, and rolling in an eagle putt. She parred the final three holes to finish a stroke back.
The second-place finish was a fitting end to Paulson’s career, which included being named Iowa Conference player of the year three times.