Andy Sneddon, CMUChippewas.com
NOBLESVILLE, Ind. - Yes, there is a long way to go for the Central Michigan women's golf program.
But the Chippewas have a come a long way in the two years since the program was resurrected.
The Chippewas closed with a 320 team score on Sunday in the third and final round of the Mid-American Conference Championship at Purgatory Golf Club.
CMU finished 10th in the 10-team field with a 958 team score, improving by 81 shots over the 1,039 it posted in the 2015 league tournament.
"I was happy with how much improvement we made," CMU coach Cheryl Stacy said. "You never know how quickly it's going to go, but we did have a significant number of rounds in the 70s this year compared to last year, so I was pleased with that.
"Obviously we're not where we need to be. We want to be at the top of the MAC. We have to keep thinking positive and keep working hard. The players know what they need to do this summer to get ready to for next fall. They'll play competitive schedules this summer to prepare for it."
Kristen Wolfe shot a 4-over 76 on Sunday to lead the Chippewas, while freshman Bria Colosky posted a 79.
Wolfe's round included a team-high three birdies.
"I was pleased with how Kristen came back," Stacy said of Wolfe, who opened on Friday with an 81 and shot 80 in Saturday's second round.
Colosky overcame a quadruple bogey on the par 5 fifth hole to post her second sub-80 round of the event. Her Sunday round included two birdies and a team-high 11 pars along with one double bogey.
"If you take those two holes out, that was a very good round," Stacy said of Colosky. "I was pleased with her overall."
Also for the Chippewas on Sunday, Hannah Matthies shot 82, Natalie Johnson posted an 83, and Holly Hines came in at 84.
Johnson led CMU with a three-round 236 total; Wolfe shot 237, and Colosky finished at 238. Matthies is the lone senior on the Chippewa roster.
"If you look at the scores, it's a very competitive conference in golf," Stacy said. "We just have to keep working hard to get better. We stayed for the awards ceremony and we watched the groups coming in. it's a good motivator to see what we need to do."
Perennial power Kent State carded a 289 team total on Sunday to win the tournament at 868, four shots ahead of runner-up Toledo. It was the 18th consecutive MAC title for the Golden Flashes, who are ranked 13th.
Danielle Nicholson of Akron shot a 1-under 71 on Sunday to finish at the tournament at 5-under 211 and capture the individual title. Pimchanok Kawil of Toledo was second at 3-under.
Ohio's Hailey Hrynewich closed with a 5-under 67 to finish third at 2-under. Her 67 eclipsed the MAC record 68 that Kent State's Wad Phaewchimplee posted in Saturday's round.