Andy Sneddon, CMUChippewas.com
STOCKBRIDGE, Ga. - Holly Hines shot a 3-over-par 75 and Kristen Wolfe posted a 76 on Tuesday to lead Central Michigan in the final round of the Georgia State John Kirk Panther Intercollegiate at Eagle's Landing Country Club.
The Chippewas closed the 54-hole event with a 318 team total, their best round of the tournament. They opened on Sunday with a 338 and posted a 327 in the second round on Monday. They finished with a 983 total.
"Our start was disappointing," CMU coach Cheryl Stacy said. "I was happy with our improvement over the three days. We improved on our par 5 scoring from round one to round two by like 14 strokes.
"We still have to work on recovery. If we're in trouble we've got to get ourselves out and we compound our mistakes and make big numbers. It's so hard to come back from an eight or a nine."
Hines, who shot 81 in Sunday's first round and 83 on Tuesday, finished with a 239 total to finish among a group tied for 55th in the 82-player field. Her 75 was shot off her career-best round.
Hines' 75 and Wolfe's 76 were the two best rounds by Chippewa players in the event. Wolfe, who shot an opening-round 90 and then made a 10-shot improvement to 80 in the second round, finished with a 246 total and among a group tied for 68th.
"Kristen made some good strides over the course of the tournament," Stacy said. "That was good to see."
CMU's Katie Logan, playing as an individual, shot 81 on Tuesday and finished tied for 70th at 247.
Also for the Chippewas in Tuesday's final round, Bria Colosky shot 83, Natalie Johnson posted an 84, and Danielle Sawyer came in with an 86.
Murray State defeated Eastern Kentucky in a one-hole playoff to claim the team championship. The Racers and the Colonels both shot 888 to tie for first. Kansas State finished third, two shots back.
Eastern Kentucky's Elsa Moberly closed with a 1-over 73 to finish at 4-under 212 and earn medalist honors. Teammate Sofie Levin finished second, six shots back.
The Chippewas are scheduled to play in the Dolores Black Falcon Invitational at Stone Ridege Golf Club in Bowling Green, Ohio, April 8-9.