Andy Sneddon, CMUChippewas.com
DAYTON, Ohio - Central Michigan's Jami Laude shot a 5-over-par 75 on Tuesday to finish at 7-over and among a group tied for fourth at the 36-hole Dayton Fall Invitational.
Laude, a freshman, opened with a CMU-record-tying 72 on Monday and finished at 147, the best 36-hole score in program history. The tournament was played on the North Course at NRC Country Club.
Her fourth-place finish is the second top five for a Chippewa golfer since the program's resurrection before the 2014-15 season. Natalie Johnson posted the Chippewas' first top five, a tie for third, last spring at the Bowling Green Dolores Black Falcon Invitational.
"She was pretty happy with today," CMU coach Cheryl Stacy said of Laude. "She had been in that position one time before and didn't do so well. This time around she did much better."
The Chippewas posted a 323 team score on Tuesday, 18 shots higher than their opening-round 305, a program record. They began the day tied for sixth place and finished ninth with a 628 total in the 15-team field.
"I think we were focusing on trying to shoot better than 305," Stacy said. "Focusing on a score was not helpful, rather than just going out and playing golf. It's hard to manufacture a round.
"It's something we'll learn from and take that and next time it'll be easier."
The tournament was CMU's last of the fall season. The Chippewas return to action with the Mid-American Match Play Challenge in Florida in early February.
The Chippewas set program team records for 18-, 36- and 54-hole scores during the fall portion of their schedule, and they re-wrote the individual record book as well.
"I think they're learning a ton," Stacy said of her players. "I just know that when we get in that position again they'll have something to draw on. We've definitely made big strides. I'm happy. They know what they need to work on this winter."
Also for the Chippewas on Tuesday, Bria Colosky shot 80, Johnson carded an 82, Kristen Wolfe shot 86, and Holly Hines posted an 89. CMU's Amanda Walsh, playing as an individual, shot 87.
Colosky finished at 157, Johnson at 159, Walsh at 166, Hines at 168, and Wolfe at 170.
Findlay shot 302 on Tuesday to finish with a 595 team score and win the tournament by one shot over Western Illinois. Bowling Green was third.
Aneta Abrahamova of IUPUI won on the fifth playoff hole over Ellie Cronin of Dayton and Bridget Connolly of Western Illinois to capture medalist honors. All three finished the regulation 36 holes at 5-over.