Andy Sneddon, CMUChippewas.com
CLINTON, Ohio - When the wind picked up, so did the Central Michigan golfers.
Freshman Danielle Sawyer shot an even-par 72 - a Chippewa 18-hole record - on Day 1 Monday of the Toledo Rocket Classic at Catawba Island Golf Club.
The Chippewas posted a 36-hole 626 total and stand in eighth place in the 14-team event. They are five shots out of fifth place and lead ninth-place Ball State by three strokes.
CMU finished with a 315 total in the opening round, then came back with a 311 in the second round, breaking the school record 312 it had set several times, most recently three weeks ago at the Ball State Cardinal Classic.
The 626 36-hole total is also a program mark, eclipsing the 627 CMU posted through two rounds at the same Cardinal Classic.
Sophomore Bria Colosky shot 77 and junior Natalie Johnson carded a 79 in Monday's second round, while junior Kristen Wolfe made three birdies en route to a first-round 75.
"I think it's a huge boost," CMU coach Cheryl Stacy said of her players' performances. "They were pretty excited after the round.
"I'm very pleased, very proud of how they played. The fact that we're kind of in contention, we're competitive, is really good."
Sawyer opened with a 6-over 78, then came back with her 72, which broke Wolfe's program record 73 set last fall at the Ball State Cardinal Classic.
Sawyer's second round included three birdies, one bogey and one double bogey. Sawyer and Western Michigan's Jasmine Chee, who also shot 72, posted the low second-round score in the 79-player field. Sawyer is tied for seventh.
"The wind picked up on the second 18," Stacy said. "That 72 that Danielle shot was a great score. She wasn't hitting the ball great, but her short game was really good. Her short game's always been good, but it was really good today. I think she gained a lot of confidence from getting up and down.
"That was good; the girls need to know that that sometimes you're not going to hit it perfectly, but you can scramble, get up and down, and grind it out."
Wolfe carded an 85 in the second round. Johnson shot 80 in the first round, while Colosky posted an 82. CMU's Katie Logan shot a pair of 83's. CMU's Amanda Walsh, playing as an individual, shot 85-86.
Western Michigan leads the tournament after shooting 300-301 - 601. Eastern Kentucky, 304-303 - 607, is second, while the host Rockets are in third place at 609.
Julia Champion of Western Michigan shot a pair of 73's and stands in first place at 2-over. Elsa Moberly of Eastern Kentucky and Pinyada Kuvanun of Toledo are two shots back.