Andy Sneddon, CMUChippewas.com
DADE CITY, Fla. - The Central Michigan golf team shot 313 on Tuesday in the third and final round to finish in 11th place in the 14-team Spring Break Shootout at Lake Jovita Golf Club.
The Chippewas finished with a 934 team total. They were just six shots behind the seventh-place finishers, Oakland and Arkansas State. CMU shot a program-record 304 in Monday's second round. The Chippewas opened on Monday morning with a 317.
Freshman Jami Laude returned to form on Tuesday to lead the Chippewas as she carded a team-best 4-over 76. Laude shot 74 to open the tournament, and then posted a second-round 83, tying her second-highest score of the season, in Monday's second round.
CMU's Bria Colosky closed with 5-over-par 77 to finish at 12-over-par 228 and among a group tied for 12th place. Colosky's 228 and her 12-over were both career bests for the junior from Farwell. Her 36-hole 151 total was also a career best.
She highlighted her tournament with a second-round 69 - a program record - on Monday. Colosky's 69 tied medalist Mary Joiner of Wetern Kentucky for the low round of the tournament.
CMU senior Natalie Johnson matched Colosky's final-round 77 on Tuesday. Johnson, who tied her career-best with a 1-over 73 in Monday's second round, finished among a group tied for 28th at 16-over 232. The field comprised 84 players.
Also for CMU on Tuesday, senior Kristen Wolfe and freshman Meghan Deardorff both shot 83.
The Chippewas' Holly Hines, Rachel Leucuta, Danielle Sawyer and Amanda Walsh played the tournament as individuals. Hines had the best score, an 80, among the foursome on Tuesday.
Western Kentucky's Joiner closed with a 2-under 70 to win the event at 4-under 212. Teammate Georgina Blackman was second, eight shots back.
The Hilltoppers, who hosted the event, posted a 290 team score to finish at 880 and win the tournament by 24 shots over runner-up Jacksonville.
CMU returns to competition March 25-27 at the John Kirk Panther Intercollegiate in Stockbridge, Ga. The 54-hole stroke-play event is hosted by Georgia State.