Andy Sneddon, CMUChippewas.com
EAST LANSING, Mich. - Natalie Johnson shot 79-80 - 159 on Saturday to lead the Central Michigan golf team on day one of the Michigan State Fossum Invitational at Forest Akers West Golf Course.
The Chippewas posted a 647 team total and stand in 10th place in the 10-team field. The third and final round is scheduled for Sunday morning. CMU opened with a 316 team score, which left them in seventh place, in Saturday's opening round. They posted a 331 in the second round to slip to 10th.
"I thought they played pretty decent the first round," CMU coach Cheryl Stacy said. "I think they got out of rhythm in the afternoon and they weren't taking their time on some of the short-game shots around the green, chipping and putting."
Also for CMU on Saturday, Jami Laude shot 80-80 - 160, Holly Hines posted 77-87 - 164, Danielle Sawyer carded 81-85 - 166, and Kristen Wolfe shot 80-86 - 166.
Chippewa freshman Meghan Deardorff, playing in her first collegiate tournament, shot 83-90 - 173. Deardorff is playing as an individual.
"I knew that his would be good test and we have a lot of room for improvement," Stacy said. "We talk a lot about bounce-back. You make a big number and then birdie the next hole. We call this (Sunday) a bounce-back round. We just have to put (Saturday) behind us and move on and stay in the moment for the next round."
Host Michigan State posted a 563 team total for a commanding 37-shot lead over second-place Toledo (600). Charlotte is third at 604.
Michigan State's Sarah Burnham shot 70-67 - 137 and leads the tournament at 7-under par. The Spartans' Paz Marfa and Allyson Greer are tied for second, three shots back.