Andy Sneddon, CMUChippewas.com
MOUNT PLEASANT, Mich. – The Central Michigan women’s golf team will play its second event of the fall season When it goes to the two-day Cardinal Classic, hosted by Ball State, beginning on Monday.
The 17-team,54-hole event comprises 36 holes on Monday, 18 on Tuesday. It will be played at The Players Club in Yorktown, Ind.
CMU opened the season with a 12th-place finish in the 54-hole Mary Fossum Invitational last week at Michigan State. Two Chippewas, sophomore Kristen Wolfe and freshman Bria Colosky, recorded rounds of 79 in the event.
The focus at this point, for a program in just its second year of varsity competition with just one upperclassman on the seven-player roster, is steady improvement and getting accustomed to competitive golf on the collegiate level, coach Cheryl Stacy said.
“I think they’re capable,” Stacy said. “It seems like during the practice rounds they all play well and hit the ball well. I think they’re still getting used of the pressure of college golf. When you tee it up under tournament pressure, it’s different. You’ve just got to put yourself out there and gain that experience.
“They’re learning to take their swing from the practice round, from the range, to the golf course for a tournament.”
Part of the process is an evaluation of each individual’s round, Stacy said. Almost, she said, like a football team and coaches breaking down game film.
“I talk with each individual and pick their brain,” Stacy said. “I ask, ‘What’s the difference when you shot 79 and the third round (which was in the 80s)? How did you feel mentally? Were you more aggressive?
“In post-tournament evaluations, I ask them to list three things they did well, three things they did not so well, and what is their improvement plan. We do that after every tournament.”
Joining the Chippewas and host Ball State are Mid-American Conference brethren Bowling Green, Northern Illinois, Ohio, Western Michigan and defending champion Eastern Michigan, along with Cleveland State, Dayton, Eastern Kentucky, Indiana State, Indiana-Purdue-Fort Wayne, Indiana-Purdue-Indianapolis, Northern Kentucky, Oakland, Western Illinois and Xavier.