Mustangs win six tournament titles in 2016-17 campaign
Morningside consistently found itself atop or near the top of the leaderboard during the 2016-17 women’s golf season.
The Mustangs won six of the 12 tournaments they entered and finished as the runner-up in three others. Morningside’s team championships came at the Briar Cliff Lila Frommelt Fall Classic, the Northwestern Red Raider Fall Invitational, the College of Saint Mary/Midland Invitational, the Great Plains Athletic Conference (GPAC) Fall Qualifier, the Nebraska Wesleyan Spring Invitational and the Morningside Spring Invitational.
Morningside finished second in the final GPAC standings to match runner-up efforts by its 2003, 2006 and 2015-16 teams for its highest league finish in school history.
Morningside won the Red Raider Fall Invitational by shooting its lowest team score in school history. The Mustangs carded a 315 at Orange City, Iowa’s Landsmeer Golf Club to break its former record of a 323 at Sioux City’s Green Valley Golf Course in October 2003. The Mustangs’ record-breaking score featured rounds of 77 by Anjana Cordes and Mikaela Livengood, who shared medalist honors, along with an 80 by Nathalie Sanchez and an 81 by Alexandra Mankle.
Myla Brown, a sophomore from Sioux Falls, S.D., was the Mustangs’ overall scoring leader for the season with an average of 84.1 strokes per 18 holes over the fall and spring seasons. Brown had an 83.9 average in the fall and led the team with an 84.3 average in the spring. She carded a 79 for her top score of the season in the second round of the Lila Frommelt Fall Classic to propel her to a fourth place finish in the individual standings with a 36-hole total of 161 strokes.
Cordes, a freshman from Bad Vibel, Germany, led the Mustangs with an 80.0-stroke scoring average in the fall season. Cordes was the co-medalist with a 77 at the Red Raider Fall Invitational and with a 77 in the GPAC Fall Qualifier held at Willow Run Golf Course in Sioux Falls, S.D.
Livengood, a sophomore from Eagle Grove, Iowa, recorded the second hole-in-one in Morningside women’s golf history when she used a nine-iron to ace the 117-yard 17th hole at Grand National Lake Course in Opelika, Ala., while competing in the Spring Break Invitational. Livengood shot the Mustangs’ low score of the season with a 76 in the Ottawa Invitational at Eagle Bend Golf Course in Lawrence, Kan. She had an 83.2 scoring average in the fall and an 87.6 average in the spring for an overall scoring average of 85.5.
Mankle, a sophomore from Milford, Iowa, ranked second on the Mustangs in overall scoring average. She averaged 83.5 in the fall and 85.4 in the spring for an overall scoring average of 84.6.
Sanchez, a junior from Bellevue, Neb., also finished the season with an overall scoring average in the 80s. She averaged 86.2 in the fall and 88.7 in the spring for an overall average of 87.5.