Andy Sneddon, CMUChippewas.com
MOUNT PLEASANT, Mich. – A new season, a familiar road.
The Central Michigan golf team will open the 2017-18 season just as it did the ’16-17 campaign, at the Ball State Cardinal Classic at The Players Club Yorktown.
The event, at which CMU set a program 54-hole record in 2016, kicks off a fall slate that comprises four 54-hole stroke-play tournaments, and one covering 36 holes. The Chippewas will return to two other events, the Michigan State Mary Fossum Invitational and the Western Michigan Kzoo Classic, in which they participated last fall.
Also on the schedule is the Shirley Spork EMU Invitational and the University of Dayton Invitational, the final tournament on the fall slate, and the lone 36-hole event. The Chippewas competed in the Dayton Invitational in 2015.
Cheryl Stacy, who is entering her third season in charge of the program, returns her entire team and has added three newcomers, giving the Chippewas a 10-player roster that most surely will foster a strong competition.
“I am really looking forward to the 2017-18 schedule,” Stacy said. “We are playing in some of the same events as last year so we can gauge what kind of progress we are making as a program.
“We have also added a few new events that will challenge us and give us new experiences.”
The spring portion of the schedule begins in early February with the Mid-American Match Play Challenge in Lakewood Ranch, Fla., the first of three events in which CMU will partake in the Sunshine State.
Two of those are new to the Chippewas: The North Florida Collegiate in Jacksonville, and the Spring Break Shootout in Dade City.
The spring schedule also includes return trips to Rio Verde, Ariz., for the Rio Verde Collegiate Invitational; to Stockbridge, Ga., for the John Kirk Panther Intercollegiate; and to Bowling Green for the Dolores Black Falcon Invitational.
The 2018 MAC Championship is slated for Naperville, Ill., April 20-22.
The Chippewas are coming off a season in which they set program records 18-, 36- and 54-hole team scores and their third-place finish (among a field of 10 teams) in the Bowling Green Dolores Black Falcon Invitational is the program’s best since its resurrection in fall, 2014.
“I am looking forward to continuing our momentum establishing our program and giving our student athletes a quality schedule while making lasting memories as a team,” Stacy said.