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Signing day: Pauluhn, Lang to represent Niwot at Division I level

Playing golf at the collegiate level has been a lifelong goal for Adara Pauluhn. On Friday, that dream finally became a reality.

The senior from Niwot made it official during a signing ceremony at the school library, inking a letter of intent to join the women’s golf program at Boise State. Joining Pauluhn at the ceremony was newly-anointed BoCoPreps.com boys tennis Player of the Year Spencer Lang, who signed with Butler University.

“I’ve played golf my whole life and I’ve always wanted to play golf in college,” Pauluhn said. “I’ve just always known this is what I want to do. I’m just happy it has worked out like this.”

While competing for the Skyline unified team the past three seasons, Pauluhn has qualified for state each year of her prep career while improving her finish with each appearance. After finishing in a tie for 32nd as a freshman in 2012, Pauluhn finished in a tie for 25th as a sophomore and was tied for 14th last year. Pauluhn also finished fifth last year at the Class 5A South Regional.

Pauluhn is aiming to cap her prep career with her first top-10 finish at state, and she will attempt that feat while donning the green garb of Niwot for the first time. The Cougars will field their own girls golf team for the first time this spring.

“It’s a little disappointing that all through high school I wasn’t playing for (Niwot), even though I tried to represent it,” Pauluhn said. “It’s nice that at least for my senior I’ll be able to represent Niwot.”

Lang, the Class 4A state champion at No. 1 singles, just visited the Indianapolis-based Butler less than two weeks ago and was sold immediately. Lang also seriously considered Creighton, where his older brother Harrison Lang plays, but instead the brothers now will be rivals in the Big East Conference.

“I really liked the team and the coaches, I definitely clicked with them,” said Spencer Lang, who also drew interest from Villanova and Utah State. “I like that it’s a smaller school and all their facilities are right on campus. I wasn’t expecting to like it as much as I did.

“I was close to going to (Creighton) as well. But we’re in the same conference, so our teams will always play at least once and then maybe again in the Big East Conference finals. It was a pull toward Creighton that Harrison is there, but the chance to play him and see him during the tennis season is great.”

Pat Rooney: 303-473-1315, rooneyp@dailycamera.com or twitter.com/prooney07

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