Golf Competes for the First Time Since 1982

Sept. 7, 2014

By Andy Sneddon, CMUChippewas.com - NORMAL, Ill. – The Central Michigan women’s golf team shot a 72-over 648 Sunday on the opening day of the 54-hole Redbird Invitational.

It is the first women’s varsity golf event for CMU since 1982. The Chippewas’ lineup comprised four freshmen and one senior, Grace Labrecque.

The tournament is being played at Weibring Golf Club, which plays to par 72 over 6,086 yards.

Kristen Wolfe led CMU on Sunday, shooting a 5-over 77 in the morning 18-hole round, followed an 82 in the afternoon. Her 159 total leaves her tied for 47th in the 80-player field.

Arielle Roberts matched Wolfe for the best round of the day by a CMU player when she posted a 77 in Sunday’s afternoon round. Roberts, who shot a first-round 84, is tied for 56th at 161 .

Also for the Chippewas, Amanda Walsh and Labrecque both shot 164, while Natalie Johnson came in at 173. Walsh shot 78-86, Labrecque shot 84-80, and Johnson came in at 85-88.

All five CMU players recorded at least one birdie on the day. Roberts made a team-high four birdies, including three in her second-round 77. Wolfe had three birdies, two of which came in her first-round 77.

Maggie Ambrose of host Illinois State leads the tournament by one shot over teammate Brianna Cooper. Ambrose shot 73-72 — 145, while Cooper shot 75-71 – 146.

Northern Illinois leads the 16-team tournament after at 28-over 604, seven shots better than second-place Illinois State. Ball State is third, 10 shots back of the Huskies. CMU stands six shots behind Marshall and Evansville, which are tied for 14th place.

The tournament is scheduled to conclude with the third and final 18-hole round on Monday.
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