CMU Golfers Head For The Desert

Senior Natalie Johnson went 3-0 at the season-opening MAC Match Play Challenge in Florida three weeks ago. Johnson and the Chippewas will play in the Rio Verde Invitational this weekend in Arizona.
Senior Natalie Johnson went 3-0 at the season-opening MAC Match Play Challenge in Florida three weeks ago. Johnson and the Chippewas will play in the Rio Verde Invitational this weekend in Arizona.
Feb. 22, 2018

The Central Michigan golf team will partake in the Rio Verde Invitational at Rio Verde Country Club in Rio Verde, Ariz.

The three-day, 54-hole stroke-play event begins on Friday and concludes on Sunday. The tournament comprises 18 holes each day. The tournament will be played on Quail Run, which plays to par 72 over 6,128 yards. The tournament was played last year on Rio Verde CC’s White Wing Course.

THE FIELD
The 17-team field includes CMU along with Mid-American Conference brethren Akron, Ball State, Bowling Green, Eastern Michigan, Northern Illinois, Ohio and host Western Michigan. Also in the field: Illinois State, Arkansas State, Bradley, Missouri State, Seton Hall, Arkansas Little Rock, Missouri-Kansas City, Wichita State and Xavier.

LAST YEAR
Eastern Michigan is the defending champion. The Chippewas finished 19th in the 19-team field in 2017.

LAST TIME OUT
CMU opened the spring portion of its season three weeks ago, finishing 2-1 in the MAC Match Play Challenge in Lakewood Ranch, Fla. The two victories was the most for the Chippewas in the four years that they have played in the Match Play Challenge.

NEXT
The Chippewas next go to the North Florida Collegiate in Jacksonville, Fla., March 3-4.

COACH Cheryl Stacy
"The way they played their first tournament and the confidence they played with is what gives them confidence heading into this event. To know that they came out not feeling as rusty as normal and having some match play wins that they haven’t had in the past this could be huge for them. Arizona is a different climate than Florida and the golf courses are a little different with the desert, but I don’t think they will feel as nervous as they did last year at this time (in Arizona).”

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