Andy Sneddon, CMUChippewas.com
MOUNT PLEASANT, Mich. - Natalie Johnson shot a 2-over par 74 Tuesday to tie her career-best and lead the Central Michigan women's golf team during the third and final round of the Morehead State Citrus Challenge at RedTail Golf Club.
The Chippewas shot a 321 team score to finish with a 982 total and in 19th place in the 20-team field. Tuesday's 321 was a 10-shot improvement over CMU's second-round score, and it was nine shots better than its first-round score.
Johnson, a sophomore who opened the tournament with a 77, finished with a 236 total to tie for 67th place in the 118-player field.
Johnson's first career 74 came last fall at the Ball State Cardinal Classic. Her round on Tuesday comprised one birdie, three bogeys and 14 pars.
"Natalie played very consistent golf," CMU coach Cheryl Stacy said. "I was very pleased with her. She's been working very hard on her ball striking and it is paying off.
"She lipped out her last putt to tie her career best round. She really wanted that putt because the goal today was to shoot your career-best round. She almost got it."
Also for CMU on Tuesday, Holly Hines shot 81, Chloe Guschewski carded an 82, Bria Colosky shot 84, and Kristen Wolfe finished at 85.
Guschewski finished the tournament at 247, Hines at 249, Colosky at 253 and Wolfe at 259.
Western Kentucky, James Madison and Elon tied for first in the team standings at 899. North Florida was fourth at 904.
Kelsey Badmaev of Elon closed with an even-par 72 to finish the tournament at 2-under 214 and claim medalist honors.
CMU goes to the John Kirk Panther Intercollegiate, hosted by Georgia State, at Eagle's Landing Golf Club in Stockbridge, Ga., March 27-29.