Andy Sneddon, CMUChippewas.com
LAKEWOOD RANCH, Fla. - The Central Michigan women's golf team closed the rain-shortened Women's Mid-American Match Play Challenge Tuesday with a 3-1-1 loss to Indiana-Purdue Fort Wayne.
The Chippewas fell to Akron, 5-0, in Tuesday's opening match. CMU finished 0-3 in the event and in eighth place. Tuesday's matches were limited to nine holes because of rain at the Royal Lakes course at Lakewood Ranch Golf & Country Club.
Amanda Walsh claimed a 1-up victory over Candi Keller for CMU's lone victory against IPFW. CMU's Natalie Johnson halved her match with Ashton Taft, winning the final two holes to square it and earn one-half point.
It was CMU's first event of the spring schedule. The Chippewas played a five-tournament fall schedule in their first women's golf varsity competition in 32 years.
Four of the five CMU student-athletes who played in the match play are freshmen.
"It was a good learning experience for them, learning to play in the elements," said CMU coach Cheryl Stacy, who took over the program in December and got her first look at the Chippewas in competition in the match play. "You're going to have a lot of weather like that in college golf."
The Chippewas will return to their indoor practice facility at Mount Pleasant Country Club to prep for their spring break trip, during which they are scheduled to play two tournaments from March 9-12 in Jacksonville, Fla.
"We'll have a few weeks to work on some things," Stacy said.
The Chippewas opened the match play event on Monday with a 4-1 loss to Eastern Michigan, which was the top seed in the tournament. Chloe Guschewski posted the Chippewas' lone victory, a 2-up win over Lois Schoof.
"She had a really good round her first 18," Stacy said of Guschewski.
"Our first 9 holes (against Eastern), I was very impressed," Stacy said. "We were up in a few of the matches and playing well. The back side kind of fizzled out and then the momentum changed. I did see some positives. I thought they carried themselves really well, and their demeanor was good. Overall it was good, and a very good learning experience.
"I think even the best teams, when they go down there for the first time they're getting the rust off. The next time you go down there you feel much more confident and prepared."