NC State women's golf head coach Page Marsh, who has built the Wolfpack into a national contender, begins her 17th season in 2016-17. She has made great strides in establishing a consistently competitive program in one of the toughest conferences in the nation since its reinstatement in 2000.
In 2016, Marsh led the Wolfpack to its 14th NCAA Regional appearance in 15 years after finishing fifth at the ACC Championship. The team finished in the top-7 of the tournament standings in seven of eight events contested on the season. At the 2015 Landfall Tradition, NC State posted a score of 279 on the final day of play, making the lowest 18-hole team round posted in program history. Marsh additionally led Rachael Taylor to medalist honors at the Lady Gator Invitational and seven rounds of even par or better in her final season with the Pack.
The women's golf program not only has a strong reputation on the course but also in the classroom, as the team has had seven players earn a combined 11 NGCA All-America Scholar honors and has had at least one player land on the All-ACC Academic Team for nine of the last 10 years. The latest honors came from the 2016 season as Sarah Bae was named to the All-ACC Academic Team while Cecily Overbey and Leonie Bettel were named All-American Scholars.
Under Marsh's tutelage in 2015, the team qualified for the program's second-straight and third overall NCAA Championship team appearance after earning top-10 finishes in four tournaments during the regular season. Lindsay McGetrick was named to the 2015 All-ACC team while Cecily Overbey earned Academic All-America honors during her rookie season.
In 2014, Marsh coached NC State to its best finish ever. After spending the entire season in the national rankings, the Wolfpack tied for 10th at the NCAA Championship in Tulsa, Okla. In addition, NC State placed third at both the ACC Championship and the NCAA East Regional.
NC State qualified for the NCAA Championship as a team for the first time in program history in 2012. The Wolfpack rewrote the record book during the season, setting records for team round (282), team three-day total (858), most wins in a season (3), highest regional seeding (No. 8), most All-ACC performers (2), highest regional finish (7th), and highest national ranking (No. 13). Brittany Marchand became the school's winningest golfer and Augusta James represents State's first ACC Freshman of the Year.
In the spring of 2008, the Wolfpack missed qualifying for the NCAA Championships by one stroke at the NCAA Central Regional in Austin, Texas. In the process, however, Lauren Doughtie became the first women's player in school history to compete at the NCAA's when she qualifying as an individual.
Under Marsh's tutelage, NC State has won nine tournament team titles, six individuals have captured medalist honors on eight separate occasions and Marsh earned ACC Coach of the Year honors in 2002.
Marsh has coached two players to the LPGA tour, as Lauren Doughtie earned a spot on the tour in 2013 and Briana Vega was the winner of The Golf Channel's "The Big Break VII" in 2006, which earned her a spot on the tour. Additionally, 10 former Wolfpackers have competed on various professional circuits, including the Symetra Tour.
Marsh has served in a variety of roles within the golf world, including as associate director of the Women's Western Golf Association, on the United States Golf Association Women's Mid-Amateur Committee and the North and South Amateur Championship. Additionally, Marsh has worked at the Pinehurst Golf Advantage schools.
On Sept. 17, 2007, Marsh was part of an 11-member group inducted into the Guilford County Sports Hall of Fame after a decorated amateur playing career. Also, back in May of 2001, Marsh was one of six people inducted into the North Carolina Sports Hall of Fame for her contributions to golf in her home state.
A native of Jamestown, N.C., and a graduate of North Carolina, Marsh is familiar with the high level of competition that is associated with the Atlantic Coast Conference. As a four-year starter and MVP with the Tar Heels, Marsh enjoyed much success in her early playing career. She recorded 15 top-10 finishes, including wins at the 1981 and 1982 Duke Invitational, and the 1982 Pat Bradley Invitational. Her stellar play in the conference championships in 1984 and 1985 placed her on the All-ACC teams for the respective years, and most recently on the conference's 50th Anniversary Team. Marsh has enjoyed an illustrious career since her college playing days. Following her graduation from UNC in 1985, she moved to Orlando, Fla., and played professionally in Future Tour Events and Women's Florida Golf Tour in 1986 and 1987. She participated in the LPGA Tour School in 1986.
She returned to North Carolina to resume her amateur career. Marsh has competed in the US Women's Open three times and the US Women's Amateur 12 times during her career. She was the North-South Amateur Champion in 1989.
Marsh has also earned impressive amateur wins in Mexico, International Women's Four Ball and the North and South, defeating LPGA star Donna Andrews 4 and 3. She was a Curtis Cup alternate in 1990 and 1992 and a US Women's Mid-Am finalist in 1989 and 1990. Golf Digest twice ranked Page as a top 10 player in the nation. She has represented her home state 13 times in the Carolinas-Virginias team matches, serving as team captain from 1994-98.
Prior to her turn to coaching, Marsh was a North Carolina Women's Amateur Champion. She won the prestigious event six times - 1983, 1984, 1985, 1996, 1997 and 1999. Marsh is also a five-time Women's Carolina Amateur Champion - 1983, 1984, 1985, 1989 and 1996.
Marsh comes from a golfing family; sisters Sheree Crane and Amber Marsh both played collegiate golf and still continue to compete. Her mother, Linda, is very involved in amateur golf, playing senior amateur events and serving on the Women's Committee of the USGA.
Aside from her responsibilities in the golfing world, Marsh is the mother of twins, Emma and Rachel.
Kristin Paulson enters her first season as the assistant coach for the women’s golf program, as she was hired by head coach Page Marsh in August of 2016.
Paulson comes to Raleigh after serving as a volunteer assistant coach at Purdue for three seasons, where she helped coordinate various tournaments hosted by the Boilermakers as well as assisted in daily practice, skill instruction and goal setting for players. In 2014 she earned her master’s degree in materials science engineering.
Prior to her coaching stint, she was a student athlete at Iowa State where she broke the record for most career rounds played by a Cyclone women’s golfer and contributed to the program earning a top-15 ranking nationally during her tenure. Paulson additionally was a two-time NCAA Regional Championship participant and four-year starter.
During her time at Iowa State she was also a member of the Student Athletic Advisory Committee (SAAC) for three seasons and served as a camp counselor for ISU’s summer golf camps.
Paulson additionally has experience in the professional realm as she participated in Stage I of LPGA Qualifying School twice and caddied for professional player Prima Thammaraks, who recently earned LPGA status for the 2016 season. She also holds level one certification with the Titleist Performance Institute.
Outside of her coaching experience Paulson was an analyst for Innovar for seven months as well as a research and teaching assistant at Purdue for two years, conducting engineering experiments for Cummins Inc.
Volunteer Assistant Coach
Sally Austin enters her second year on the NC State women's golf staff after compiling nearly 16 years of head coaching experience at North Carolina.
In Austin's 15 seasons as head coach, North Carolina finished in the top 25 at the NCAA Championships six times.
The Tar Heels won six tournament titles, and six players captured 13 individual championships with Austin at the helm. Players under Austin earned seven All-American and 16 All-ACC mentions. Under Austin's guidance, Marcy Newton was selected ACC Rookie of the Year in 1996-97 and was named to the 1999 Golfweek Sagarin Mid Atlantic/East District First Team.
Austin was named LPGA Coach of the Year in 2004. In 1999, she was named the LPGA SE Section Coach of the Year.
In 1995, North Carolina posted its best finish at the NCAA Championships under Austin, finishing eighth-nationally. Austin guided the Tar Heels to 14 NCAA Regional appearances, including 11-straight from 1994 to 2004.
A native of Raeford, N.C., Austin took over head coaching duties of the women's golf team after the 1992-93 season. Austin replaced longtime Tar Heel coach Dot Gunnells after serving as an assistant to Gunnells since 1983. While on staff, Austin coached current Wolfpack head coach Page Marsh.
In addition to her tenure as assistant coach, Austin was a member of the Tar Heels' first varsity program in 1973-74. Austin competed during all four years from the team's inception until graduation, capturing the 1974-75 UNC-CH Invitational individual title.
Upon graduation from North Carolina in 1977 with a B.S. in Business Administration, Austin continued her pursuit of golf. The winner of the 1979 North Carolina Women's Amateur Championship, Austin won events on the Women's Professional Golf Tour and the Futures Tour. She received her LPGA Tour card in 1987.
In addition to the one-year LPGA experience, Austin played for five years on mini-tours across the country (1980-85), two years on the Asian Tour (1984-85) and one year on the WPGA European Tour (1986). At the 2007 SkyCaddie LPGA Teaching & Club Professional Championship, she was the runner-up, losing by just a single stroke in the senior division.
Austin has been a golf instructor at the Pine Needles Schools in Pinehurst since 1978, where she has worked under the supervision of Peggy Kirk Bell. She also was a golf instructor from 1986-89 at the Ben Sutton Golf Schools and from 1989-94 at the Craft-Zavichas Schools.Austin holds an LPGA Class A Teaching Certification.
As a volunteer assistant for NC State, Austin splits time between her duties with the Pack and teaching full time at Chapel Hill C.C. and Pine Needles.