Andy Sneddon, CMUChippewas.com
DAYTON, Ohio - Jamie Laude tied a program record and combined with her teammates to set one on Monday as the Central Michigan golf team shot 305 in the opening round of the 36-hole Dayton Fall Invitational on the North Course at NRC Country Club.
Laude, a freshman, shot a 2-over-par 72, tying teammate Danielle Sawyer for the best round in program history. The 305 is the lowest 18-hole total ever by a Chippewa squad.
The Chippewas are tied for sixth place with Western Kentucky in the 14-team tournament, 12 shots behind first-place Findlay.
The second and final round is scheduled for Tuesday.
Also for the Chippewas on Monday, Natalie Johnson and Bria Colosky both shot 77, Holly Hines posted a 79, and Kirsten Wolfe shot 84. CMU's Amanda Walsh, playing as an individual, shot a 79, her best score of the fall season. The 77 by Colosky was also her season best.
Laude started on hole No. 8 under the shotgun-start format and was 3-over par after two holes. She played the remainder of her round in 1-under, carding three birdies along the way.
She is among a group tied for second place, two shots back of Bridget Connelly of Western Illinois.
"The 72 by Jami was very consistent," CMU coach Cheryl Stacy said. "She held on to it and played well after those first two holes.
"The hard part about this golf course is the rough; it's super long and if you're not in the fairway you have a lot of tough shots in. Keeping it in the fairway, that was really the key to the round today."
Johnson and Colosky are among a group tied for 28th in the 90-player field.
The Chippewas stand one shot out of fifth place (Bowling Green) and five behind fourth (Oakland).
"We're in good shape," Stacy said. "We`re in the hunt and it's another opportunity for us to go out and see what we can do tomorrow. Not getting too far ahead and not looking back. Stay in the moment. That's what we're working on."