Andy Sneddon, CMUChippewas.com
MESA, Ariz. – After a month off, the Central Michigan women’s golf team gets back to it this weekend at the Clover Cup at Longbow Golf Club.
The 17-team, 54-hole, stroke play event is hosted by Notre Dame. The first round is scheduled for Friday on the par 72, 6,184-yard layout. The final round is scheduled for Sunday.
The Fighting Irish, ranked 20th by Golfstat, are the premier team in the field that features top-100 squads in SMU (37), TCU (43), Oklahoma (53), North Carolina-Wilmington (78), Penn State (81) and South Florida (87).
The Chippewas opened their spring season with a 10th-place finish in the Women’s MAC Match Play Challenge Feb. 8-9 in Lakewood Ranch, Fla.
“It’s a great tournament, a really good field, really good golf course, and the weather’s perfect,” CMU coach Cheryl Stacy said, adding that her players have been working at the indoor practice facility at Mount Pleasant Country Club. “It’s obviously tough if you’re not able to get out and play. We’ve had a few rounds to practice while we’ve been out here. Each day it seems like they’re getting better.
“I think they’re anxious to play and compete. Fairways and greens and play smart golf, that’s the goal. Stay composed and be confident in those things that you can control.
“Score-wise you’re always looking to score under 80 and that’s still our goal for each player. If we can putt well, that’ll be huge for us.”
The Chippewas will compete next weekend in the Michigan State Spring Citrus Challenge at Red Tail Golf Club in Sorrento, Fla.