Andy Sneddon, CMUChippewas.com
MOUNT PLEASANT, Mich. – Central Michigan closes the spring season this weekend at the Mid-American Conference Women’s Golf Championship at Purgatory Golf Club in Noblesville, Ind.
The Chippewas played Purgatory in October at the MAC Fall Preview.
“They moved a couple tee boxes but for the most part it’s pretty close to the same,” CMU coach Cheryl Stacy said. “It always helps to see the golf course.”
CMU finished 12th with a 972 team score last fall at Purgatory. The Chippewas have not played a competitive round since the Panther Intercollegiate in Stockbridge, Ga., March 27-29.
They were scheduled to play in the Dolores Black Falcon Invitational at Bowling Green two weeks ago, but the event was wiped out by bad weather.
The break in the schedule may have been a blessing, Stacy said, because it allowed the Chippewas plenty of time – with improved spring weather in Michigan – to work on different aspects of their games.
“I think it helped to have a little bit of a break from the pressure of playing in a tournament and to be out practicing,” Stacy said. “They’re in that time with school, it’s crunch time with finals coming up. I think they’re rested and I think the break was a good thing.
“We played at Mount Pleasant Country Club and then we played a round at Bucks Run and Bucks Run is really kind of similar to this layout (at Purgatory). It was a good golf course for preparation. We worked a lot on bunker shots because there are a lot of bunkers here.”
The Chippewa lineup comprises Natalie Johnson, Kristen Wolfe, Bria Colosky, Holly Hines, and Hannah Matthies. Matthies, a senior, is the lone upperclassman in the group.
“We had a really good day (Thursday) practicing,” Stacy said. “I feel like the girls are going to do well. It’s a great golf course, and there’s some holes you really have to pay attention to because there are a ton of bunkers. We’ve got to avoid those spots.
“It’s all about getting experience and preparing them for next year and helping them in knowing what to expect with a championship schedule that we want to maintain.
“I think they just need to believe it and have the confidence and just focus on one shot at a time and not be indecisive and hit good shots.”