Andy Sneddon, CMUChippewas.com
BRADENTON, Fla. - In match play, anything can happen, and often does.
Kristen Wolfe was 4-down through eight holes Monday, then caught fire to take a 2-up victory over Brenna Sherwood and lift the Central Michigan women's golf team to a 3-2 victory over Indiana-Purdue-Fort Wayne in the Mid-American Conference Match Play Challenge at Lakewood Ranch Golf and Country Club.
The Chippewas dropped their opener, 5-0, to Florida Gulf Coast on Monday morning, then came back in the afternoon to down the Mastodons.
The Chippewas are scheduled to play Ohio in the ninth/10th place match on Tuesday morning. Ohio opened with a loss to Oakland, then defeated Dayton.
Wolfe lost four of the first six holes to Sherwood and found herself 4 down through eight. She won the ninth hole, the 12th, the 15th and the 16th to square. She won both Nos. 17 and 18 to claim the match, which was the fifth and final one between CMU and IPFW.
"She just battled back and kept winning holes coming in," CMU coach Cheryl Stacy said of Wolfe. "She hit the green (on her second shot) and it almost went in the hole for an eagle. She had about 8 feet and she missed the (eagle) putt, but made the birdie. It was pretty exciting.
"She hit some really good iron shots coming in. I think that's really going to give her some confidence."
CMU's other victories against IPFW came from Natalie Johnson and Bria Colosky. Colosky parred the 18th hole to score a 1-up victory over Monica Dorner, while Johnson defeated Candi Keller, 7 and 6.
Colosky's match with Dorner was tight all the way, with neither golfer going more than 1-up. Colosky won No. 17 to go 1-up, then halved the 19th and final hole to claim the victory.
Johnson had little trouble with Keller, racing to a 5-up lead at the turn, then winning Nos. 10 and 11 and halving No. 12 for the win.
"For Natalie I think that was a huge confidence builder to win that big," Stacy said.
IPFW's Madison Chestnutt defeated CMU's Holly Hines, 4 and 3, and the Mastodons' Jenna Kurosky topped the Chippewas' Chloe Guschewski, 2 and 1.
In the Chippewas' opening match with Florida Gulf Coast, Hines lost to Madeline Marck-Sherk, 6 and 5; Guschewski lost 4 and 3 to Megan Blonien; Colosky fell 3 and 2 to Mei Khuan Yong; Johnson dropped a 3 and 2 decision to Sara Detlefsen; and Wolfe fell, 4 and 3, to Madison Easterbrook.