Andy Sneddon, CMUChippewas.com
LEBANON, Ohio -- Natalie Johnson shot an 8-over par 80 Friday to lead the Central Michigan women's golf team in the first round of the Mid-American Conference Championships.
The Chippewas, who are closing their first varsity season after a 32-year hiatus, posted a 342 team score and is in 10th place in the 10-team field.
CMU trails ninth-place Ball State by 10 shots. Ohio shot 302 on Friday and stands in first place, two shots ahead of second-place Kent State (304) and seven ahead of Toledo (309).
Kent State is seeking its 17th consecutive league championship. The Golden Flashes' Wad Phaewchimplee shot an even-par 72 and leads the tournament by two shots over Angela Codian of Ohio and Josee Doyon of Kent State.
Johnson is tied for 21st. Also for CMU on Friday, Kristen Wolfe shot 84, Grace Labrecque posted an 86, Amanda Walsh shot 92, and Hanna Matthies shot 98.
The second round of the 54-hole tournament is scheduled for Saturday. The final round is set for Sunday.
The tournament is being played on Shaker Run Golf Course, which is playing to par 72 over 6,191 yards.
Western Michigan shot 312 and stands in fourth place, while Eastern Michigan and Akron both shot 315 and are tied for fifth. Northern Illinois (320) is seventh and Bowling Green (328) is eighth.