Andy Sneddon, CMUChippewas.com
MOUNT PLEASANT, Mich. – The Central Michigan women’s golf team will close its fall season at the Dayton Fall Invitational on Monday and Tuesday.
The 36-hole event is scheduled for NCR Country Club in Kettering, Ohio. The course will play to par 70 over 5,869 yards.
Joining the Chippewas and host Flyers in the 15-team field are Bucknell, Cleveland State, Detroit, Eastern Illinois, Evansville, Findlay, Grand Valley State, Indiana-Purdue-Fort Wayne, Indiana-Purdue-Indianapolis, Northern Kentucky, Oakland, Southern Illinois-Edwardsville and Indianapolis.
CMU is coming off a 12th-place finish in the Mid-American Conference Fall Preview in Noblesville, Ind.
The Dayton tournament comprises 18-hole rounds each day, as opposed to the 36-18 two-day format the Chippewas have been accustomed to playing throughout the fall schedule.
“We’re not playing 36 holes (in one day) in this tournament so I’m curious to see how they do with the shorter format,” CMU coach Cheryl Stacy said. “If they’re a little bit fresher with their rounds.
“Our goal is to shoot 320 or better. Our team average is 10 strokes better than last year and we’ve shot a couple rounds under 320.”
Stacy said the Chippewas have continually worked on their respective short games – 100 yards and in – which is where a player’s improvement shows on the scorecard.
“Finesse shots, you just have to spend a lot of time working them, you have to spend time on the range,” she said. “We also talk about being more strategic and not leaving yourself awkward distances.”
The mental side of the game has also been a major focus, Stacy said, particularly in a typical tournament, in which CMU will play 36 holes on the opening day, 18 on the second.
“The mental resiliency stuff, being mentally tougher,” she said. “We’ve been talking how much time they have to concentrate and to get their mind off of golf while they’re walking up the fairway. Refocus and then start to think about things.”