Andy Sneddon, CMUChippewas.com
MOUNT PLEASANT, Mich. -- The Central Michigan women's golf team will close its season this weekend at the Mid-American Conference Championships at Shaker Run Golf Club in Lebanon, Ohio.
The Chippewas will join nine teams in the field, including host Bowling Green, in the three-day, 54-hole stroke play event.
CMU is closing its first year of varsity women's golf since it resurrected the program last fall after a 32-year absence.
Stacy took the reins of the program in December, and will send a five-player lineup that includes three freshmen, Chloe Guschewski, Amanda Walsh and Natalie Johnson, into the MAC Championships. Senior Grace Labrecque and junior Hannah Matthies round out the lineup.
Stacy said she has approached the 2015 spring season as any coach of a budding program would, eyeing growth and development.
"I definitely have seen improvement even though scores haven't necessarily reflected it," she said. "Their work ethic has improved and they're learning how to manage themselves and their games on the course."
A consistent approach and pre-shot routine have been among the priorities, as has the mental side of the game, Stacy added.
"As they get more comfortable with that their scores will improve," she said. "We've had some good practice sessions. I feel optimistic and all I really want them to do is show that improvement in game situations so that gives them confidence going into the summer months."
Stacy said many of her players are looking ahead to a summer that will include a heavy practice load and tournament play, including events on the Meijer Tour Collegiate Series, the Michigan Women's Open, and Golf Association of Michigan events.
"They'll be getting stronger, working harder on their games for next fall," Stacy said. "When they come back from the summer they're going to have their freshman year behind them, and they'll be more comfortable with the whole situation of playing college golf and being in school.
"Hopfully summer success will be the steppingstone for the fall season."
Kent State has won every MAC title since the league began staging a championship tournament in 1999.
The Golden Flashes are ranked 31st nationally, and are the only MAC team in the top 50. Kent State senior Jennifer Ha is the defending medalist.