Morningside’s women’s golf team was a runaway winner at the Northwest Iowa Spring Invite.
Morningside’s women’s golf team had the top score each day to run away with the championship at the Northwest Iowa Spring Invite played Thursday at the Ridge in Sioux Center and Friday at Landsmeer Golf Club in Orange City.
The Mustangs built a 22-stroke advantage after they carded a 341 in Thursday’s opening round and then topped the field by a 13-stroke margin with a 326 in Friday’s second round to finish with a score of 667. Morningside won the tournament by a 36-stroke margin over runner-up Mount Marty, which finished at 703.
The Mustangs, who won the tourney with an all-freshman lineup, had four of the top seven individual scores in the field. Cheyanne Becker led the way with rounds of 84 and 80 to finish as the runner-up medalist with a 164. Becker finished six strokes behind Midland’s Allison Depko, who carded a 79 each day to win medalist honors with a 158.
Alexandra Mankle carded a 79 to tie Depko for Friday’s low score. Mankle, who opened with an 86, finished at 165 for third place.
Mikaela Livengood finished fifth with rounds of 83 and 83 for a 186 and Myla Brown was seventh with rounds of 90 and 84 for a 174.
The Mustangs’ Elizabeth Thies finished 11th with scores of 88 and 89 for a 177.
Nathalie Sanchez carded an 88 each day for the Mustangs’ junior varsity team to finish ninth in the individual standings with a 176.
The Mustangs will wrap up the regular season when they compete in GPAC Qualifier #4 on May 2 in Mitchell, S.D. Morningside will go into the final GPAC Qualifier in fourth place, but just three strokes out of the lead behind Mount Marty.