Andy Sneddon, CMUChippewas.com
EAST LANSING, Mich. - Natalie Johnson shot 77 and Jami Laude posted a 78 on Sunday to lead the Central Michigan golf team during the final round of the Fossum Invitational at Forest Akers West Golf Course.
The Chippewas posted a 320 team score and finished the 54-hole event with a 967 total. They finished 10th in the 10-team field, 14 shots behind ninth-place Eastern Michigan (953). CMU shot 316 in the opening round, and 331 in the second.
"Our first round was pretty good comparing it to last year at this golf course," CMU coach Cheryl Stacy said. "(Sunday) was OK; our tee shots were pretty good, but I still think our short game needs a lot of work. They were a little tentative and they need to be more decisive. We need to fine tune that area.
"It's a teachable moment. There were some positives and now we've got to get ready for the tournament at Western. That's another good golf course too."
The Chippewas play next weekend in the Kzoo Classic, hosted by Western Michigan, at The Moors in Portage.
Johnson led the Chippewas with a 236 total, which tied her for 28th in the 58-player field. She opened with a 79 and posted an 80 in the second round. She made a CMU-best 35 pars, which tied her for eighth in the entire field.
"Natalie did a good job grinding it out today," Stacy said. "She wasn't striking the ball well, but she kept her head in the game and got it up and down."
Laude, a freshmen playing in just her second collegiate tournament, finished at 238, tied for 32nd. She posted back-to-back scores of 80 in Saturday's first two rounds, and she led the Chippewas with five birdies in the tournament.
"I'm really pleased and I'm excited about her future," Stacy said. "I think she'll do really well in the MAC and help our team in the long run. Jami really knows her game. I've known her for a long time, and I'm even more impressed with her now, having been out there and walking with her and listening to her talk."
Also for the Chippewas on Sunday, Holly Hines shot 82, Danielle Sawyer posted an 83, and Kristen Wolfe carded an 89. CMU freshman Meghan Deardorff, playing as an individual in her first collegiate event, shot 83.
"Meghan shot 39 on the back," Stacy said. "She played some solid golf and got some good experience."
Hines, whose opening-round 77 was the low score by a CMU player in the tournament, finished at 246; Sawyer finished at 249, Wolfe came in at 255, and Deardorff finished at 256.
Host Michigan State shot 296 on Sunday to finish at 5-under par 859 and win the tournament by 46 shots over second-place Toledo (905). Charlotte (909) was third.
Sarah Burnham led an MSU sweep of the top three spots as she finished at 6-under 210 to capture medalist honors. The Spartans' Allyson Green finished second at 3-under, and teammate Paz Marfa was third at 1-over.