Golf struggles to find groove at John Kirk Panther Invitational


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This spring hasn’t produced the results the Central Michigan golf team had in sight.

The Chippewas traveled to Stockbridge, Georgia for the early portion of the week to play in the John Kirk Panther Invitational at the Eagle’s Landing Country Club, hosted by Georgia State University.

This was CMU’s second time playing in the JKP invitational. Last spring the Chippewas scored a 994 finishing 15th out of 15 teams.

CMU has been struggling this spring to find consistency this spring and this event was no different as the team finished 15th out of 15 teams at the JKP invitational with a team score of 983.

“We dug ourselves into too big of a hole that we weren’t able to climb out of in the first round," said head coach Cheryl Stacy. "The team’s wedge play was off and the greens were tricky.”

Holly Hines led the way for the Chippewas tying for 55th place out of 83 participants. Hines shot a 239 total with a team best 75 on Tuesday.

Kristen Wolfe had a huge improvement from Sunday to Tuesday shooting a 90 on Sunday, 80 on Monday and a 76 Tuesday. Wolfe finished tied for 68th with a 246.

Bria Colosky, Natalie Johnson and Danielle Sawyer also competed for CMU. They all finished relatively close to each other with Colosky shooting a 251, Johnson shooting a 253 and Sawyer shooting a 255. Katie Logan played individually and shot a 247.

The best score was by Eastern Kentucky’s Elsa Moberly who shot a 212. Eastern Kentucky also tied with Murray State for the best team score with a total of 888.

Stacy said she hopes warmer weather in the coming weeks will produce better results for the team.

“I hope we are able to practice outside soon.” Stacy said. “The indoor facility is mostly flat surfaces and practicing outside would be much more beneficiary.”

CMU will next play in the Delores Black Falcon Invite on April 8 and 9 at Bowling Green.

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