Andy Sneddon, CMUChippewas.com
PORTAGE, Mich. - Jami Laude shot a Central Michigan 36-hole program record 149 on Monday to lead the Chippewa golf team on the opening day of the Western Michigan Kzoo Classic at The Moors Golf Club.
The Chippewas shot a 310 team total in Monday's opening round, then followed with a 311 in the afternoon. Their 621 - the second-best 36-hole team total in program history -- is good for third place in the six-team event.
Bowling Green (601) is first, followed by the host Broncos (618). CMU stands ahead of fellow Mid-American Conference members Ohio (630) and Eastern Michigan (637). Green Bay (647) is sixth.
"We played a lot of good golf, but allowed a few finishing holes to hurt our scores," CMU coach Cheryl Stacy said. "Unfortunately, we had to count an 85 in our second round, and that hurt our team score. We could have been even closer to the leaders had we been able to count a lower fourth score. If we can get past the hard holes with no more than bogies (on Tuesday) we will be in good shape."
The third and final round of the 54-hole event is scheduled for Tuesday morning.
Laude, a freshman, opened with a 76 then posted a career-best 73 in the second round. The 73 eclipsed her previous best (74) which she twice shot two weeks ago at the Ball State Cardinal Classic.
"Jami's 73 was great considering she double-bogied her second-to-last hole," Stacy said.
Laude is among a group tied for third place at 5-over par, three shots behind the leader, Erin Fahey of Bowling Green. The field comprises 38 players.
Laude's 149 stands as the best 36-hole individual score in program history. Current team members Natalie Johnson and Danielle Sawyer shared the previous best, 150.
Johnson, a senior, shot 80-75 - 155 on Monday and is among a group tied for 11th.
"I was very pleased with the way Natalie came back in her second round and shot under par on the back side," Stacy said. "Especially since that side of the golf course cost us a lot of strokes over the course of two rounds. "
Holly Hines and Kristen Wolfe both shot 161 and share 18th place. Hines matched Laude with an opening-round 76, then followed with an 85. Wolfe opened with an 83 and rebounded with a 78. CMU junior Bria Colosky shot 78-86 - 164.
Four Chipppewas - Sawyer, senior Amanda Walsh, and freshmen Meghan Deardorff and Rachel Leucuta - are entered as individuals.
Sawyer, a sophomore, is alone in 10th place after shooting 10-over, 79-75 - 154. Deardorff shot 87-78 - 165, Walsh came in at 84-87 - 171, and Leucuta shot 86-87 - 173. Leucuta is playing in her first collegiate event.
"Danielle has played steady this tournament and is getting her confidence back," Stacy said. "I was also encouraged with Meghan Deardorff's 78 in the second round. She regrouped from a tough first round and improved considerably in her second round. Overall we are making positive strides and look forward to playing well tomorrow."
The Chippewas' opening-round 310 ranks as the fourth-best 18-hole team total in program history. Both that total and the 613 36-hole score came two weeks ago at the Cardinal Classic.