Andy Sneddon, CMUChippewas.com
YPSILANTI, Mich. - Natalie Johnson shot 78-75 - 153 on Monday to lead the Central Michigan golf team on day one of the Shirley Spork EMU Invitational at Eagle Crest Golf Club.
Johnson stands at 9-over par and tied for 14th place in the 58-player field.
The Chippewas are in ninth place with a 632 total, three shots behind Ohio and Dayton, which are tied for seventh, and within 10 shots of fourth-place Cleveland State (622).
CMU posted an opening-round 317 on Monday morning and followed with a 315 in the afternoon. The third and final round of the tournament, which is in its inaugural year, is scheduled for Tuesday morning.
Also for the Chippewas on Monday, Kristen Wolfe shot 78-82 - 160, and Bria Colosky opened with and 81 then posted a second-round 79 for a 160 total. Wolfe and Colosky are amoung a group tied for 38th.
CMU's Jami Laude shot 80-81 - 161, and Danielle Sawyer came in at 85-80 -- 165. Central Michigan's Meghan Deardorff shot 87-85 - 172, and Holly Hines carded and 84 and an 89 and stands at 173.
The Chippewas totaled 14 birdies on the day. Johnson led the way with six, while Colosky had four. Johnson's six tied for the second-most among the field.
Marshall shot 302-294 - 596 and leads the tournament by four shots over Bowling Green, which opened with a 302 and then shot 298 in the second round. Western Michigan (607) is third.
Julia Champion of Western Michigan shot 71-74 - 145 and leads by two shots over Courtney Shutt of Youngstown State and Ilva Forslund of Marshall.