Andy Sneddon, CMUChippewas.com
MOUNT PLEASANT, Mich. – The Central Michigan women’s golf team will open the fall season on Saturday and Sunday at the 54-hole Mary Fossum Invitational, hosted by Michigan State, at Forest Akers West Golf Course.
The Chippewas are in their second year of varsity golf and will partake in five tournaments this fall. The roster includes just one upperclassman, senior Hannah Mattheis.
And while CMU made strides during its first year of competition, the focus remains on game development, coach Cheryl Stacy said.
“The goal is to try to get them to shoot low 80s or even under 80 if they can, that’s the scoring goal,” said Stacy, who took over the program last December.
And the path begins, said Stacy, a Class A LPGA teaching professional and a former two-time All-American at Ohio State, with fundamentals and a commitment to the mental side of the game.
“Making good decisions, making sure they’re going through their pre-shot routine, course management,” she said. “We’re trying to develop that part of their game, and not so much focus on score at this point, but the process.”
The roster includes four returning sophomores, Kristen Wolfe, Amanda Walsh, Natalie Johnson and Chloe Guschewki, along with redshirt freshman Holly Hines and true freshman Bria Colosky.
Colosky was a standout at Farwell High School, where she won 21 tournaments and was a four-time Division IV All-Stater.
Wolfe will play from the No. 1 spot after posting the low score in qualifying, while Johnson is slotted in at No. 2.
While Stacy hopes, eventually, to see lower scores and better tournament finishes – both individually and team-wise – she knows progress at this point is measured from within and against the course.
“We’re still developing that culture and the expectations of where you need to be in a DI program,” she said. “We’re laying that groundwork and I think the sophomores now are getting it.
“They clearly know what’s expected and they’re working hard and they’re coachable, which is a good foundation. I’m looking forward to having the fall season where we can get out and play and practice where in the spring it was more indoor work. I think we can make a lot of strides this fall.”
In the Fossum Invitational this weekend, the Chippewas will play 36 holes on Saturday and 18 on Sunday. Tee off is set for 8:30 a.m. both days. The format is stroke play and Forest Akers West will play to par 72 over 6,236 yards.
CMU will get a good look at some of its MAC competitors with Akron, Eastern Michigan, Ohio, Toledo and Western Michigan scheduled to partake in the event.
Also slated to be in the field are Ferris State, Grand Valley, Notre Dame, Oakland, Tulane and the host Spartans.
Walsh and Matthies will not play this weekend because of injuries, Stacy said.