Morningside finished in 28th place at the NAIA Women’s Golf National Championship.

Samantha Knight

Maria Zorrilla

Morningside finished 28th in the 2018 NAIA Women’s Golf National Championship at PGA National Champion Course in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla.

The GPAC champion Mustangs carded team scores of 346 in Tuesday’s opening round and 351 in Wednesday’s second round to finish with a 697, nine strokes out of 27th place behind Kansas Wesleyan (688).

The tournament field was cut to the top 17 teams and 40 individuals, including ties, after the completion of Wednesday’s second round.

Morningside freshman Samantha Knight, the 2018 GPAC Player of the Year, led the Mustangs each day with rounds of 80 and 83 to finish in a tie for 60th place in the individual standings with a 19-over par 163. Knight’s first round included one birdie and nine pars. Her birdie came on the 152-yard par three fifth hole. She had eight pars and a birdie on the 353-yard par four 16th hole in Wednesday’s second round.

Fellow freshman Maria Zorrilla was next with scores of 85 and 86 for a 171.

The Mustangs also counted a 90 by Alexandra Mankle and a 91 by Myla Brown in Tuesday’s first round. Mankle had one of the Mustangs’ two birdies on the day with a two on the 131-yard par three 17th hole.

Morningside completed its second round score with an 88 from Nathalie Sanchez and a 94 from Brown. Sanchez finished with a two-round total of 181, followed by Brown with a 185 and Mankle with a 186.

No. 1-ranked Savannah College of Art & Design leads the field at the midway point of the tournament at 30-over par 606 for a slim four-stroke cushion over William Woods in second place with a 610. Savannah College of Art & Design also led at the end of the first round with a 12-over par 300. William Woods carded a second round 301 for the top score in the field.