Andy Sneddon, CMUChippewas.com
PORTAGE, Mich. - Kristen Wolfe shot a 2-over-par 74 on Tuesday in leading the Central Michigan golf team to a final-round 314 team score and a runner-up finish in the Western Michigan Kzoo Classic at The Moors Golf Club.
CMU finished the 54-hole event with a 935 team score, 20 behind first-place Bowling Green and two ahead of third-place Western Michigan. Six teams comprised the field, five of them from MAC schools. CMU finished ahead of MAC brethren Ohio (951) and Eastern Michigan (965).
The second-place finish is CMU's best since it resurrected the program before the 2014-15 season after a three-plus-decade hiatus. It's 935 is the second-best 54-hole total in program history.
"We're being competitive now and it's a different mindset and I think the expectations are a little bit different," CMU coach Cheryl Stacy said. "Beating Western on their home course and beating Eastern, and we had beaten Bowling Green earlier in the year. It will be a good expectation now that they know they can compete."
The Chippewas' 314 tied Bowling Green for the low round of the day. They began the day in third place, three shots behind second-place Western Michigan. The Broncos posted a final-round 319.
Wolfe and CMU's Natalie Johnson both finished the event at 19-over par and among a group tied for seventh place. Johnson posted an 80 on Tuesday.
Wolfe opened the tournament with an 83, then carded a 78 in Monday's second round before posting her closing 74, which was the second-best score of the day among the 38 players in the field.
It was her best round of the fall season, and she did not make anything worse than a bogey over her final two rounds.
"Kristen stepped up today and yesterday, played much better than she had been all year," Stacy said. "She hit more greens and her ball-striking was better, her iron play was better and she didn't have any big numbers today. She kept it under control."
Also for CMU on Tuesday, freshman Jami Laude shot 89, junior Bria Colosky carded a 78, and senior Holly Hines came in at 82. Laude finished at 238 and among a group tied for 13th, while Colosky finished 18th at 242, and Hines came in at 243.
Colosky rebounded from her front nine, during which she posted two double bogeys and she turned at 8-over. She carded four birdies in a six-hole stretch on her back nine to finish 2-under on that side.
Four Chippewas played in the event as individuals. Freshman Meghan Deardorff posted her second-consecutive 78 to finish at 243 and tied for 19th; sophomore Danielle Sawyer shot 91 and finished tied for 21st at 245; senior Amanda Walsh shot 83, and freshman Rachel Leucuta shot 95.
Deardorff made six birdies in the tournament, sharing the tournament lead with Western's Claire Hernandez.
Erin Fahey of Bowling Green defeated Eastern Michigan's Thelma Beck in a one-hole playoff to capture medalist honors. Both finished at 8-over 224.
The Chippewas go to the Eastern Michigan Shirley Spork Invitational at Eagle Crest Resort in Ypsilanti on Monday and Tuesday, Oct. 9-10.