Women's Golf History

Women's Golf History

The Central Michigan University women’s golf team started as an extramural sport in 1966.  It would compete against other schools, but wasn’t considered a varsity sport until the fall of 1970 when it began competing in the Association for Intercollegiate Athletics for Women (AIAW).

Under the tutelage of the program’s only head coach, Gertrude Gillaspy, the Chippewas finished in the top five in nearly 30 invitationals and tournaments from 1975-1982.

In the fall of 1978, the women’s golf team had its best showing in championship play, finishing fourth in the AIAW Midwest Regional.

In the 1980 spring season, the team took its first and only first-place finish at the CMU Invitational at its home course, Riverwood Golf Course in Mount Pleasant.

The team hosted the 1981 AIAW Midwest Regional Championship in the fall season, finishing in ninth place out of 15 teams.

The best known individual score for a Chippewa in a single round was by sophomore Laurie Rederstorf, who shot a 75 in the 1982 spring campaign.

Susanne Ohlsson holds the CMU record for best career average (minimum of 20 rounds) with an impressive 84.4 strokes per 18 holes. 

The best season average in women’s golf history belongs to Stacey Dutcher who averaged 81.2 strokes during the 1981 spring season. A standout for CMU, Dutcher also is tied for the Chippewas’ record of most rounds played in a single season (15) and holds the record for most career rounds played (88.5).

The women’s golf program ceased competetion in 1982 along with men’s gymnastics, men’s swimming and women’s swimming.

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