Morningside’s all-freshmen women’s golf team made it two wins in a row at the College of Saint Mary Invitational
Morningside’s freshman Fab Five women’s golf lineup made it two tournament titles in a row when the
Mustangs captured the team championship at the College of Saint Mary Invitational held Tuesday and Wednesday in Omaha, Neb.
The Mustangs carded a two-day total of 656 to top an eight-team field by an 18-stroke cushion over runner-up Concordia’s 674 total. Morningside shot a sizzling 324 in Wednesday’s second round to finish just one stroke off its school-record 323 set in 2003.
Aside from taking team honors, the Mustangs also took top individual billing as freshman Alexandria Mankle claimed medalist honors with rounds of 79 and 75 for a 154. Mankle’s second round 75 was two strokes off the Mustangs’ school record for low score of 73 shared by former Morningside standouts Jenny Bowen and Sophie Peters.
Mankle won the medalist race by a five-stroke margin over runner-up Amy Ahlers of Concordia, who had rounds of 80 and 79 for a 159.
Mustang transfer addition Myla Brown, a redshirt freshman last year at NCAA Division II Minnesota State Mankato, shot an 81 both days to finish third in the individual standings with a 162.
Freshman Mikaela Livengood also had a top 10 finish for the Mustangs with scores of 88 and 80 to finish ninth in the individual standings with a 168. Her second round 80 matched Ahlers’ 80 for the second best score in the field in Wednesday’s second round.
Mustang freshmen Cheyanne Becker and Liz Thies finished 16th and 22nd with two-day totals of 172 and 178, respectively. Both players carded 88s in the second round.
Aside from their winning team score, the Mustangs displayed their team depth with a performance from sophomore Nathalie Sanchez that ranked as one of the top efforts in the 62-player field. Sanchez, who competed as an individual, fired rounds of 84 and 82 for a 166 to finish for a tie for fifth place in the individual standings.
Morningside will compete in the Briar Cliff Invitational on Sept. 18 and 19.