Andy Sneddon, CMUChippewas.com
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - Two program records, and a much-improved overall performance.
Jami Laude fired a 1-under-par 71 to lead the Central Michigan golf team on Monday during the opening day of the North Florida Collegiate at Jacksonville Golf and Country Club.
Laude's 71, which came in the second round, broke the previous program best 72, a mark that Laude shared with teammate Danielle Sawyer.
Laude, a freshman, posted a 2-over 74 in Monday's opening round, during which she made four birdies, four bogeys and one double bogey. She carded four birdies against three bogeys in her second round and is tied for 14th place in the 92-player field.
Her 36-hole 145 total is also a program best, bettering the 147 Laude posted at the Dayton Fall Invitational last October.
The Chippewas shot a 308 team total in Monday's morning round and followed with a 312 in the afternoon loop. The 308 is just three strokes shy of the program record. Last week at the 54-hole Rio Verde Collegiate Invitational in Arizona, the Chippewas' best score was a 321.
CMU has a 620 team total - the second-best 36-hole team total in program history -- and stands in 14th place in the 17-team event.
Old Dominion, which shot 282-289 - 571 is in first, nine shot ahead of Daytona State and 15 ahead of Western Kentucky and Murray State, which are tied for third. CMU is four shots out of 12th place and 10 out of 11th.
Steady CMU senior Natalie Johnson shot 75-74 - 149 and is tied for 26th. Also for the Chippewas, Meghan Deardorff shot 81-81 - 162, Bria Colosky carded 78-86 - 164, and Sawyer shot 87-86 - 173.
Two Chippewas, Rachel Leucuta and Amanda Walsh, are playing as individuals. Leucuta shot 85-83 - 168, and Walsh shot 86-89 - 175.
The third and final round of the tournament is scheduled for Tuesday morning at Jacksonville Golf and Country Club, which is playing to par 72 over 5,926 yards.