Andy Sneddon, CMUChippewas.com
MOUNT PLEASANT, Mich. - The Central Michigan women's golf team makes its second trip to Florida this week for a pair of tournaments as the program looks for continued improvement under first-year coach Cheryl Stacy.
The Chippewas are in Jacksonville for the Benbow Invitational on Monday and Tuesday, and will play in the Bulldog Florida Invitational on Wednesday and Thursday. Both are two-day, 36-hole stroke play events.
The Benbow is scheduled for Jacksonville Beach Golf Club; the Bulldog for Windsor Parke Golf Club. Both are hosted by Butler University.
The Chippewas finished eighth in the Mid-American Conference Match Play Challenge a month ago in Lakewood Ranch, Fla. Since their return to Michigan, they have practiced in their brand-new indoor facility at Mount Pleasant Country Club.
"I'm looking forward to seeing them play again and hopefully the weather allows us to get all the rounds in," Stacy said. "It's a good opportunity to assess where we are and where we need to be going as we get into April.
"They've been working hard, they've worked a lot on short game. They should feel pretty good about that."
As was the case when the Chippewas went to Florida in February, the trip will provide plenty of teaching opportunities for Stacy. This time around, the Chippewas will play in stroke play events, which is much more common in college golf than the match play they played when they went to Florida in February.
"Just the fact that they're going to be playing golf again" is a benefit, said Stacy, whose team is scheduled to play in the Saluki Invitational at Southern Illinois on March 29-30. "We get to work on this and that -- strategy, course management. We'll be able to get on the range and work on some things.
"I'm sure they feel a lot more prepared for this one."