Andy Sneddon, CMUChippewas.com
YPSILANTI, Mich. - Natalie Johnson shot 79 to finish with a 232 total on Tuesday and lead the Central Michigan golf team in the final round of the Shirley Spork EMU Invitational at Eagle Crest Golf Club.
Johnson, who shot 78-75 on Monday in the first two rounds of the tournament, finished 17th in the 58-player field. It was the ninth sub-80 round (of 12) that Johnson has played in CMU's four events this fall. She is averaging a team-best 77.66 per round.
“I’m very pleased with Natalie's consistent play throughout this fall," CMU coach Cheryl Stacy said. "She continues to work hard and see steady improvement."
The Chippewas posted a 323 team score on Monday to finish with a 54-hole total of 955 and in ninth place in the 10-team event. CMU opened on Monday with a 317 and then posted a 315 in the second round on Monday afternoon.
CMU finished seven shots behind eighth-place Cleveland State. The Chippewas posted a 935 a week ago in the Western Michigan Kzoo Classic on The Moors in Portage.
“Overall, the team score was disappointing because we let too many shots got away and did not take advantage of the short par 4s and scoreable par 5s," Stacy said. "I thought this was a much more manageable golf course compared to The Moors and we played worse at this course. We still need to improve on our wedge play into greens and managing our mental games."
Johnson's score was one of three 79s for the Chippewas on Tuesday. Freshman Jami Laude and senior Holly Hines also signed for 79. Laude finished at 240, tied for 35th. Hines, playing as an individual, finished at 252.
Also for CMU on Tuesday, Bria Colosky shot 82, Kristen Wolfe posted an 83, and Danielle Sawyer came in at 86. CMU freshman Meghan Deardorff, playing as an individual, shot 86.
Colosky finished at 242, Wolfe at 243, Sawyer at 251, and Deardorff at 258.
Western Michigan's Julia Champion shot a final-round 73 to finish at 2-over 218 and capture medalist honors. Marshall's Ylva Forslund also shot 73 on Tuesday and finished in second place at 4-over.
Marshall shot a 300 team score on Tuesday to finish at 32-over 896 and win the tournament by 16 shots over second-place Bowling Green.