Andy Sneddon, CMUChippewas.com
NOBLESVILLE, Ind. - Natalie Johnson shot a 3-over 75 and Bria Colosky posted a 5-over 77 Friday to lead the Central Michigan golf team in the first round of the Mid-American Conference Championships at Purgatory Golf Club.
The Chippewas shot a 317 team score and stand in 10th place in the 10-team event. They trail ninth-place Ball State by six shots.
The tournament continues with the second round on Saturday and concludes with the third round on Sunday.
Also for the Chippewas, Kristen Wolfe shot 81, Hannah Matthies carded an 84, and Holly Hines posted an 85.
Johnson, a sophomore, is among a group tied for 19th place, while Colosky, a freshman, is among a group tied for 33rd in the 50-player field.
"I was happy with how Natalie and Bria played," CMU coach Cheryl Stacy said. "Natalie, overall she played solid golf and Bria hit the ball really, really well. If she had made some putts she could have been even par."
Johnson birdied the 10th hole to get to 1-under par, but recorded bogeys on the 15th and 16th holes, and double bogey on 17. Colosky's round included two birdies, five bogeys and a double.
Wolfe had one birdie on her card and she closed with a double bogey on 18.
"Kristen was disappointed," Stacy said. "She played a lot better than her score. Tee to green she was pretty solid. She just wasn't getting the ball in the hole."
The Chippewas' best 18-hole score at the MAC Fall Preview on the same course last fall was 318 and, on the whole, Stacy said she was encouraged with Friday's 317.
"We left today feeling pretty good about the round," she said. "I thought they played pretty well."
Toledo shot a 1-over 289 and holds a four-shot lead over second-place Western Michigan. Kent State (294) is third, followed by Bowling Green (295) and Eastern Michigan (296).
Danielle Nicholson of Akron and Manisa Isavas of Toledo share the first-round lead after each posted a 3-under 69. Chloe Lawrie of Western Michigan and Kelsey Murphy if Eastern Michigan are two shots back.