Morningside is in eighth place after round one of the two-day UST Mamiya Texas Intercollegiate Classic men’s golf tournament in Fort Worth.
The Mustangs carded a team score of 314 in Monday’s opening round to leave them three strokes out of seventh place behind GPAC rival Midland University.
No. 1-ranked Wayland Baptist University fired an opening round 282 to lead a field that includes thee of the top four ranked teams in the nation. Eighth-ranked Texas Wesleyan, the tournament host, is second with a 287, followed by No. 2 Oklahoma City University with a 289 and No. 4 Oklahoma Baptist University with a 299.
Oklahoma City’s James Marchesani is the first round individual leader with a three-under par 69 for a one-stroke cushion over Wayland Baptist teammates Ryan Connolly and Thomas Smith at 70.
Matt Young, Matt Pitts, and Christian Nohr all had opening round 77s to lead the Mustangs, who completed their score with an 83 from Cole Schwarz.
Keegan Bak had a round of 78 for the Mustangs’ junior varsity team.
Matt Young, a senior from Kingsley, Iowa, has been named the Hauff Mid-America Sports/GPAC Men's Golfer of the Week for Oct. 21-27.
Young was one of three players in a field of 76 golfers to share medalist honors at last week’s Ashford University Kohler Classic. Young finished with a two-day total of five-over par 149 with rounds of 76 and 73. He shared medalist honors with Jared Multer of Grand Rapids Community College and Blake Vinson of Texas Wesleyan University.
Young led the Mustangs with a 76.4-stroke scoring average during the fall season.
Morningside finished sixth at GPAC Men’s Golf Qualifier #2 held Monday at Firethorn Country Club in Lincoln, Neb.
The Mustangs carded a team score of 333 in the cold, windy, and wet conditions to finish four strokes out of fifth place behind Midland University.
Morningside, which finished fifth in GPAC Qualifier #1 earlier this fall, dropped a spot to sixth place in the combined team scoring at the halfway point of the conference season. The Mustangs’ two-tourney total of 640 left put them six strokes out of fifth place behind Hastings College. GPAC Qualifiers #3 and #4 will be played during the spring season.
Matt Young led the Mustangs’ at GPAC Qualifier #2 with a seven-over par 78 for the fifth lowest score in the field. Young was the Mustangs’ only player to break 80 on a day when all but 10 players in the 55-golfer field finished at 80 or higher.
Matt Pitts had the Mustangs’ second lowest score with an 81. The Mustangs competed their scoring with an 85 from Keagan Bak and an 89 from Cole Schwarz.
Young leads the Mustangs in the combined two-tournament scoring with a 157 for seventh place in the individual standings.
The Mustangs will wrap up their fall season at the Ashford University Invitational to be held Oct. 21 and 22 at Kohler, Wis.
Combined GPAC Qualifier Results