Andy Sneddon, CMUChippewas.com
MOUNT PLEASANT, Mich. – The Central Michigan golf team will close the fall portion of its schedule on Monday with the MAC Fall Preview, hosted by Kent State, at Silver Lake Country Club in Silver Lake, Ohio.
The Chippewas will square off against several of their Mid-American Conference brethren on the course which is also scheduled to host the MAC Championships next spring.
The entire 36-hole event will be played on Monday.
“It’s preparation time for the spring and we’re also trying to build on our successes and get better,” CMU coach Cheryl Stacy said. “And we’ll continue working on some of the fine details -- par 5 scoring, talking strategy. Just really working hard on our mental games too. Trying to stay positive and focus on the process.”
The Chippewas are coming off back-to-back seventh-place finishes, the first at the Western Michigan-hosted Kzoo Classic, the second at the Toledo Rocket Classic. Ten teams comprised the field at the Kzoo Classic, while the Rocket Classic comprised 14 teams.
CMU set several individual and program records at Toledo, including the team 36-hole (626) and 54-hole (937) records. The Chippewas also tied the 18-hole program mark of 311.
Freshman Danielle Sawyer set the CMU individual 18-hole record with an even-par 72 in in the opening round at the Rocket Classic, and she established the 54-hole mark with her 229.
The Chippewas competed in three tournaments this fall that they also played in last fall, the Ball State Cardinal Classic, the Michigan State Mary Fossum Invitational, and the Rocket Classic.
In all three cases, their scores in 2016 were significantly better than they were in 2015. They improved by 47 strokes at the Fossum, by 13 at the Cardinal, and by 45 at the Rocket.
That has been the trend since CMU re-instated the women’s varsity golf program before the 2014 fall season.
“We’ve definitely shown a ton of improvement throughout the year and if you look at the past three seasons we’ve gotten significantly better, at least 10 strokes for our (average) team score, per year,” Stacy said. “That’s been encouraging and we’re looking forward to continuing that progress.”
Sawyer leads the Chippewas with a 79.25 average while junior Kristen Wolfe averages 79.33. Sawyer’s 11th-place finish at the Rocket Classic is the best for a Chippewa golfer in a 54-hole event since the program’s reinstatement.
“I think the girls can see that it’s doable and that they can get in there and feel like they’re competitive,” Stacy said. “We keep saying baby steps. That’s our motto.”