Andy Sneddon, CMUChippewas.com
CLINTON, Ohio – The Central Michigan golf team will play its second-to-last event of the fall season on Monday and Tuesday when it partakes in the 4th annual Toledo Rocket Classic on the shores of Lake Erie at Catawba Island Club.
The 54-hole event comprises 36 holes on Monday, 18 on Tuesday.
CMU finished seventh last week in the 10-team Western Michigan KZoo Classic on The Moors in Portage. The Chippewas shot 969 in the event.
They played the third and final round of the event without Holly Hines, who withdrew because of injury after shooting 78-77 in the first two rounds. Hines will not play at Toledo.
“She’s been playing really well,” CMU coach Cheryl Stacy said of Hines. “We’re disappointed in that, but other girls are ready to step in.”
CMU sophomore Bria Colosky, playing as an individual, finished with a team-best 239 in the KZoo Classic, posting back-to-back rounds of 78 and closing with 83.
Colosky will join the lineup with Kristen Wolfe, Natalie Johnson, Danielle Sawyer and Katie Logan. CMU’s Amanda Walsh will play at Toledo as an individual.
CMU is one of five Mid-American Conference teams scheduled to partake in the tournament. Host Toledo, Ball State, Eastern Michigan and Western Michigan are in the field along with Bradley, Bucknell, Detroit, Eastern Kentucky, Fort Wayne, Green Bay, Illinois-Chicago, Indiana State and Loyola (Ill.).
Toledo is the three-time defending team champion. The course plays to par 72 over 6,000 yards.
“It’s a really nice golf course,” Stacy said. “We enjoy it and we’re looking forward to playing it. If it gets windy at all it can play pretty tough. The greens are pretty hard right now, so we may have to hit less club and they’ve got to adjust to that.
“If somebody gets hot they can shoot a good number out here.”
The Chippewas close the fall season with the MAC Fall Preview on Oct. 24 at Silver Lake Country Club in Kent, Ohio. That course is the site of the MAC Championship next spring.
“We’re just trying to see improvement from week to week,” Stacy said. “We’re hoping to make strides in the consistency and get them to gain some confidence and improve on their decision making on the course.”