SETTING THE SCENE
The Central Michigan golf team will play in the 34th Annual Fossum Invitational, hosted by Michigan State, at Forest Akers West in East Lansing. The 54-hole stroke-play tournament begins on Saturday with 36 holes, and concludes on Sunday with the final round. Both days begin with a shotgun start at 8:30 a.m.
The Chippewas opened the 2017-18 season on a strong note, setting team program records for 18, 36 and 54 holes in placing 13th in the 19-team Ball State Cardinal Classic at The Players Club in Yorktown, Ind.
The Chippewas shot 306 in the first and third rounds, and posted a 307 – the second-best score in program history – in the second round. Their 919 total was 21 shots better than the total they posted last fall in the Cardinal Classic. The Chippewas recorded 13 (of a possible 15) scores in the 70s last weekend.
CMU freshman Jami Laude, playing her first collegiate event, led the Chippewas by shooting 74-79-74 – 227, a 54-hole CMU record. She finished tied for 32nd in the 98-player field.
CMU senior Natalie Johnson shot 76-74-79 – 229, the second-best 54-hole score in the CMU record books.
The tournament will be played on Forest Akers West, which plays to par 72 over 6,334 yards. The field comprises CMU, Michigan State, Cleveland State, Eastern Michigan, Toledo, Charlotte, Western Michigan, Xavier, Northern Illinois and Bowling Green.
The Chippewas shot 963 at the Fossum, improving by 47 strokes over the score they posted in the 2015 event.
CMU is scheduled to play in the Kzoo Classic, hosted by Western Michigan, at The Moors Golf Club in Portage on Sept. 2-3.