Andy Sneddon, CMUChippewas.com
RIO VERDE, Ariz. - Bria Colosky shot 78 and Natalie Johnson carded a 79 Sunday to lead the Central Michigan golf team in the final round of the Rio Verde Invitational on the White Wing Course at Rio Verde Country Club.
The Chippewas recorded a 319 team score on Sunday, their best in the three-round, 54-hole event. They finished 19th in the 19-team field with a 979 total.
It was Johnson's third consecutive 79 and she finished among a group tied for 73rd with a 237 total. Colosky, who recorded CMU's best round of the tournament with a second-round 76 on Saturday, finished 90th at 243.
“Definitely happy for Natalie to have some consistency," CMU coach Cheryl Stacy said. "She wasn’t hitting the ball as well as she would have liked early, but she stuck with it and starting hitting it better. Bria had a couple good rounds after her start. Glad to see her come back.”
Also for CMU on Sunday, Kristen Wolfe and Holly Hines both shot 81, and Danielle Sawyer carded an 88. Wolfe finished at 252, Sawyer at 254, and Hines at 263.
Eastern Michigan closed with a 292 team total on Sunday to finish at 25-over 889 to win the tournament. Northern Illinois was second at 893.
Danielle Nicholson of Akron shot an even-par 72 on Sunday to win the tournament at 1-under 215. Chandler Gallagher of Missouri-Kansas City, the first-and second-round leader, finished one shot back.
The Chippewas return to Arizona for the GCU Invitational at Grand Canyon University Golf Course March 11-12.
“Overall as a team we need more work," Stacy said. "We didn’t have a whole lot of birdies throughout the tournament and I think in that first round, they were worried about score and they were putting too much pressure on the result and kind of got away from the process.”