Andy Sneddon, CMUChippewas.com
CLINTON, Ohio - Another record for freshman Danielle Sawyer, and another team mark for the ever-improving Central Michigan golf team.
Sawyer shot 79 Tuesday in the final round of the Toledo Rocket Classic at Catawba Island Golf Club to finish tied for 11th place at 229, a CMU-program record.
The freshman from Grafton, Ont., Can., shot a Chippewa-record 72 in the second round of the tournament on Monday and led the Chippewas to a 937 team score and a seventh-place finish in the 14-team event. The 937 total is the best in the history of the program, topping the 940 the Chippewas posted three weeks ago at the Ball State Cardinal Classic.
"I was very happy to see that Danielle finished 11th," CMU coach Cheryl Stacy said. "Probably one of our best finishes individually, and one of our best as a team."
Sawyer supplanted teammate Kristen Wolfe in both cases. Wolfe's 73, which she shot last fall at the Ball State Cardinal Classic, had stood as the program mark until Sawyer's 72 on Monday. Wolfe had held the CMU 54-hole mark of 230, which she also posted last fall at the Cardinal.
Wolfe tied her career-best round with a 1-over 73 on Tuesday as the Chippewas shot a 311 team score to tie the program 18-hole record it set in Monday's second round of the 54-hole tournament. Wolfe, who opened the event with a 75, totaled 233 to finish tied for 21st.
"She putted and chipped this week really well, which hasn't been her strong suit," CMU coach Cheryl Stacy said of Wolfe, a junior who shot 73 last fall at the Ball State Cardinal Classic. "She bombed some long putts. She made four or five long putts and got up and down really well."
CMU made a 45-shot improvement over the score it posted last year in the Rocket Classic. The Chippewas finished 10th in the 2015 event.
Katie Logan, another freshman, shot 79 on Tuesday, while CMU's Natalie Johnson and Bria Colosky both shot 80.
Johnson and Colosky both finished at 239 and among a group tied for 36th, while Logan tied for 48th at 245. The field comprised 77 players. CMU's Amanda Walsh, playing as an individual, closed with a 93.
While pleased overall with her team's performance, Stacy said the Chippewas still have plenty of ground to cover. The improvement has been steady, she said, and a workmanlike approach is necessary to gain a crucial element, consistency.
The Chippewas made a combined 16 birdies in Monday's third round, and 38 for the tournament, the most of any team in the event. Western Michigan was second with 32.
On the flip side, 26 times in the tournament CMU players made double bogey or worse.
"I told the girls that if we make bogey on those holes where we made doubles or worse, we would have won," said Stacy, whose team closes the fall schedule on Oct. 24 at the MAC Fall Preview in Kent, Ohio. "Overall I'm extremely happy. We're kind of ending the fall on a good note. We'll just keeping working on those little things. They're getting more experience, more confidence."
Julia Champion of Western Michigan closed with an even-par 72 to finish at 2-over 218 and claim medalist honors. She finished two shots ahead of Eastern Michigan's Keley Murphy.
Eastern Kentucky posted a 308 team score on Tuesday to finish first at 915. Western Michigan (917) was second, while host Toledo was third (918).