Andy Sneddon, CMUChippewas.com
BOWLING GREEN, Ohio - Jami Laude shot a 1-over par 73 as the Central Michigan golf team made a 25-shot improvement on Sunday during the final round of the Bowling Green State Dolores Black Invitational at Stone Ridge Golf Club.
The Chippewas finished with a 312 team total on Sunday after posting a 337 in Saturday's first round.
Laude opened the tournament on Saturday with an 82. She finished tied for 21st in the 99-player field with a 155 total. All six Chippewas who played in the tournament improved their respective score from round one to round two, and the Chippewas' 25-stroke improvement in the team total was the second-best among the 16 teams in the tourney field behind only Western Michigan, which improved by 29 shots.
"We got off to a much better start and we were a lot more consistent, especially early in the round," CMU coach Cheryl Stacy said. "We were playing with Western and they were playing well and that helped. We were kind of going back and forth with them. We made some birdies and the weather was nicer (Sunday). There wasn't as much wind. Even though it was cold, it was much more playable."
Stacy said all her players went to the driving range for some intense work after Saturday's round, which was played in extremely cold temperatures.
"That was impressive because it was so cold and so many other teams left," she said. "We were out there on the range working."
Also for CMU on Sunday, Natalie Johnson shot 76, Meghan Deardorff posted an 81, Kristen Wolfe shot 82, and Bria Colosky carded an 83. CMU's Holly Hines, playing as an individual, shot 85.
Johnson finished with a 162 total, while Colosky and Wolfe finished at 167. Deardorff came in at 168, and Hines finished at 171.
The Chippewas posted a 649 team total to tie for 13th with Youngstown State.
Indianapolis shot 294 on Sunday to finish with a 600 total and win the tournament, three shots ahead of runner-up Toledo.