Andy Sneddon, CMUChippewas.com
PORT CLINTON, Ohio - Kristen Wolfe shot a 3-over-par 75 Tuesday to lead the Central Michigan women's golf team to a 10th-place finish in the Toledo Rocket Classic at Catawba Island Club.
CMU posted a 322 team score in Tuesday's final round, after shooting 321 and 339, respectively, in Monday's first two rounds.
The 321 in Monday's first round put the Chippewas in fifth place in the 11-team event. Their disappointing 339 in the second round dropped them to 11th.
"I was happy with that first round," CMU coach Cheryl Stacy said. "The first few holes in the second 18, we struggled. We lost so many strokes in just a couple of holes. Just big numbers. It was a bad second round. I don't know if that's endurance and playing that much golf and that we need to get used to it and stay focused."
Wolfe, who finished the tournament with a 238 total, finished tied for 24th place in the 62-player field. Wolfe carded an 82 in Monday's opening round, followed by an 81 in the afternoon.
"I was happy with how Kristen played," Stacy said. "She had a couple birdies (Tuesday) to get her round back. Natalie (Johnson), she played pretty well in the third round. She just didn't make any birdies."
Johnson posted an 8-over 80 on Tuesday after shooting 78-82 in Monday's rounds. She finished tied for 30th at 240.
Also for the Chippewas on Tuesday, Holly Hines shot 82, Bria Colosky posted an 85, and Chloe Guschewski carded an 88. Guschewski finished at 255, Hines at 256, and Colosky at 264.
"The weather conditions were really good," Stacy said. "The greens played really fast. They were having a hard time with the pace so we had to adjust to the conditions of the greens. It was a really good golf course, really nice. Really good tournament to play in."
The goal going forward, Stacy said, is to minimize the damage and avoid double-bogeys or worse.
"It's still getting rid of some of those big numbers," she said.
Toledo shot a 300 team score on Tuesday and finished at 889 to win the tournament by 34 shots over runner-up Ohio. Manisa Isavas of Toledo shot a 4-over 220 total to claim medalist honors.
The Chippewas have two tournaments remaining on the fall schedule. They play in the Mid-American Conference Fall Preview, hosted by Ball State, on Sunday and Monday, Oct. 11-12, at Purgatory Golf Club in Noblesville, Ind.