July 2, 2014
MOUNT PLEASANT, Mich. - Central Michigan will play its first varsity women's golf event in more than three decades in early September when the Chippewas go to the Redbird Invitational in Normal, Ill.
The event, scheduled for Sept. 7-8 and hosted by Illinois State, will be the first for the resurrected program under coach Tom Beidleman. CMU last sponsored women's golf in 1982.
The following week, the Chippewas are scheduled to partake in the Mary Fossum Invitational on Forest Akers in East Lansing, Mich., an event that includes most in-state NCAA Division I schools.
"I think it's a very good regular-season schedule for this year," Beidleman said. "Obviously it's something brand new and we need a good mix of competition, and a good mix of golf course variety.
"At Illinois State, the fields are usually very strong and the Fossum will expose us to some very good Big Ten competition.
"I think it's perfect for our team with where we are right now. It's a young team and the ability to grow as a team with playing solid competition is the way we're going to get better."
After the Fossum, CMU is scheduled to compete in the Cardinal Classic at Ball State, the Golden Grizzly Invitational at Oakland, and closes the fall season at the Rocket Classic, hosted by Toledo.
The still-to-be determined spring schedule, which begins in mid-February, includes the Mid-American Conference Championships, generally set for late April.
The NCAA Regionals follow the league championships.
"Spring is going to different," Beidleman said. "We'll need to travel and follow the sun and that will expose us to a little more variety of competition. I'm very pleased with the schedule, very excited about it."