Johnson Tied For Lead; Chippewas In The Hunt

CMU junior Natalie Johnson shot a career-best 73 on Saturday and is tied for first place at the Bowling Green Dolores Black Falcon Invitational.
April 8, 2017

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Andy Sneddon,

BOWLING GREEN, Ohio - Within a shot of the record book, and within a good round of a potential tournament title.

Natalie Johnson shot a one-over par 73 on Saturday to lead the Central Michigan women's golf team to a 312 total in the first round of the Dolores Black Falcon Invitational at Stone Ridge Golf Club.

The 312 total and Johnson's 73 were both one shot shy of program records.

More importantly, the Chippewas are squarely in the hunt for the tournament title as they stand in second place in the 10-team event, seven shots behind Mid-American Conference foe Ohio. Third-place Findlay trails the Chippewas by six shots.

The final round of the 36-hole event is scheduled for Sunday morning. The Chippewas' Saturday 312 was one shot shy of tying the program record set last fall at the Toledo Rocket Classic.

"Tomorrow we just go out and stay relaxed," CMU coach Cheryl Stacy said. "Just let them enjoy the moment and just try to stay in the present, take it one shot at a time and focus on the process, not about the outcome.

"It's a lot of things we've talked about. Just relax and let it happen, let the outcome take care of itself. I just want them to have a good day like they had today and see what happens."

Kristen Wolfe shot 78 for the Chippewas, Danielle Sawyer carded a 79, Holly Hines posted an 82, and Bria Colosky shot 90. Wolfe is in 12th place while Sawyer is among a group tied for 13th.

CMU's Amanda Walsh and Katie Logan, playing as individuals, shot 84 and 85, respectively.

Johnson, a junior, is tied atop the leaderboard at with Hailey Hrynewich of Ohio and Fran Rodriguez of Bowling Green. Johnson's round topped her career-best 74 and is one shot shy of Sawyer's program-record 72.

She took 25 putts and her round included five birdies.

"She putted well," Stacy said of Johnson. "She switched back to a putter she used in high school, and her putting has really improved just by changing putters, and she's been working on her putting too."

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