Andy Sneddon, CMUChippewas.com
KETTERING, Ohio - Kristen Wolfe shot a 5-over 75 on Monday to lead the Central Michigan golf team in the first round of the Dayton Fall Invitational at NRC Country Club.
CMU posted a 330 team score and stands in ninth place in the 15-team field. Grand Valley State shot 304 and is in first place, six shots ahead of second-place Indianapolis.
Wolfe, a sophomore, played her front nine in 4-over and her back nine in 1-over. She birdied her final hole of the day, the par-4 eighth.
Starting on No. 9, Wolfe was 3-over through three holes, but settled down to play the final 15 holes in 2-over.
"The whole team kind of started off a little bit slow," CMU coach Cheryl Stacy said. "The wind kind of calmed down towards the end of the round a little bit. The conditions were a little better coming in for the whole field."
Wolfe is tied for fifth place. The final 18-hole round is scheduled for Tuesday.
Also for the Chippewas on Monday, Chloe Guschewski shot 83, Natalie Johnson posted an 85, Holly Hines and Hannah Matthies both shot 87, and Bria Colosky shot 90.
Matthies, the lone senior on the CMU roster, is playing in the tournament as an individual. Guschewski is tied for 43rd, Johnson for 56th. The field comprises 90 players.
"The green speed was really tough to read, a little tricky," Stacy said. "(Wolfe) said she struggled with the speed, with her lag putting, early on. But I think she figured that out toward the end. Overall I think she was happy.
"This golf course, from tee to green, it's not super difficult, but it was windy, and the greens, that's where you really have to pay attention. They spent quite of time on the greens after the round today."
Kasey Petty of Findlay shot a 1-over 71 for a one-shot lead.