Corey Matthey had the top scoring average of the Mustangs’ men’s golf team in the 2017-18 season.
Corey Matthey, a sophomore from Sergeant Bluff, Iowa, led Morningside College with a 74.8-stroke scoring average over the 2017 fall and 2018 spring seasons.
Matthey topped the Mustangs with a 74.0 average in 14 competitive rounds in the Mustangs’ fall campaign and posted a 75.8 average in 12 competitive rounds in the spring.
Jonathan Douglas, a freshman from Newcastle Upon Tyne, England, finished right behind Matthey with a 75.0-stroke scoring average. Douglas averaged 75.9 in the fall before he led the team with a 74.1 average in the spring. Douglas posted the Mustangs’ two lowest scores of the season with 67s at the Texas Intercollegiate tournament on Sept. 11 in Fort Worth and the NAIA Preview tournament on Oct. 17 in Silvis, Ill. Douglas also had the Mustangs’ most noteworthy shot of the season when he used an eight-iron to ace the 177-yard second hole at Landsmeer Golf on May 2 at the Northwestern College Red Raider Cup match play tournament in Orange City, Iowa, for the second hole-in-one in Morningside men’s golf history.
Cody Holck, a junior from Ankeny, Iowa, was a model of consistency with scoring averages of 75.7 in the fall and 75.4 in the spring to finish with an overall scoring average of 75.5. Holck was the individual medalist at two tournaments with rounds of 70 and 69 for a 139 at the Great Plains Athletic Conference (GPAC) Fall Qualifier on Oct. 2 and 3 at Willow Run Golf Course in Sioux Falls, S.D. and with rounds of 70 and 69 for a 139 at the Siouxland Invitational on Sept. 7 and 8 at The Ridge in Sioux Center, Iowa, and Landsmeer. Holck was the GPAC individual runner-up medalist with a two-over par 286 in the combined scoring from the GPAC Fall and Spring Qualifier tourneys.
Matt McGhee, a sophomore from London, Canada, was the medalist with a three-under par 69 to lead the Mustangs’ junior varsity team to the team championship at the Morningside Fall Invite on Sept. 11 at Whispering Creek Golf Club. McGhee finished the season with a 77.5-stroke scoring average, including a 76.2 average in the fall.
Daniel Bone, a freshman from Haywards Heath, England, averaged 77.3 in the fall and 77.9 in the spring en route to an overall scoring average of 77.6.
The Mustangs had three other players post season’s scoring averages in the 70s. Ben Peterson, a junior from Saint Anthony, Minn., had a 78.4 average; Tyler Danke, a sophomore from Sioux City, had a 78.9 average; and Connor Prescott, a sophomore from Sergeant Bluff, Iowa, had a 79.1 average. Xan Milligan, a freshman from Hexham, England, posted a 77.8-stroke scoring average after he joined the Mustangs for the spring season.
Morningside won championships at three tournaments during the 2017-18 season when it captured titles at the Morningside Fall Invite, the GPAC Fall Qualifier and the Doane University Spring Invite. The Mustangs finished second in the final GPAC standings with a four-round total of 1161 in the GPAC Fall and Spring Qualifier tourneys to finish nine shots out of first place behind Northwestern College.