Morningside finished second in the final 2016-17 GPAC women’s golf standings.
Morningside matched its best GPAC showing ever with a second place finish in the GPAC Women’s Golf Championship that concluded with 36 holes in Tuesday’s GPAC Spring Qualifier tourney at Quail Run Golf Course in Columbus, Neb.
The Mustangs finished with a four round total of 1354 strokes for a 27-stroke cushion over third place Mount Marty (1381). Briar Cliff won the GPAC title with a score of 1338.
Morningside’s second place effort matched runner-up showings in 2003, 2006 and last season for the Mustangs’ highest finish in the GPAC standings.
Morningside held an 11-stroke lead over Briar Cliff heading into the final 36 holes. The teams went into the last round tied for the lead at 1016 before the Chargers fired a final round 322 compared to a 338 by the Mustangs.
Myla Brown and Alexandra Mankle led the Mustangs on the final day of play and finished in a tie for fourth place in the individual standings with four round totals of 332. Brown had scores of 84 and 82 for a 166 on the final day of the GPAC Spring Qualifier, while Mankle also shot a 166 with rounds of 83 and 83.
Mikaela Livengood and Nathalie Sanchez had counting scores of 85 and 93, respectively, in the third round. Sanchez had an 84 and Elizabeth Thies had an 89 for the Mustangs’ other two counting scores in the final round.
Concordia’s Amy Ahlers finished as the GPAC individual medalist with a four-round toal of 319 for a five-stroke cushion over runner-up Kristin Sabers of Dakota Wesleyan.