Morningside’s women’s golf team defeated nationally ranked William Penn to win the Frommelt Fall Classic.

Maria Zorrilla

Alexandra Mankle

Morningside College’s women’s golf team successfully defended the Briar Cliff Lila Frommelt Fall Classic championship it won a year ago when the Mustangs reigned over a 16-team field to win this year’s edition of the annual event on Friday and Saturday at Two Rivers Golf Course in North Sioux City, S.D.

The Mustangs finished with a two-day score of 625 for a seven-stroke cushion over nationally ranked William Penn University, which finished as the runner-up with a 632. Morningside finished ahead of William Penn, ranked 17th in the NAIA Preseason Poll, for the second time this season after the Mustangs also topped the Statesmen when they opened the season with a victory at the Mount Marty Fall Invite.

Maria Zorrilla, a freshman from Coalhuila, Mexico, carded the best score in the field in both rounds of the Frommelt Fall Classic with an opening round 76 and a second round 72 to claim individual medalist honors with a 148 for a six-stroke victory margin over William Penn’s Helene Larsen.

Alexandra Mankle, a junior from Milford, Iowa, finished fourth in the individual standings with rounds of 78 and 79 for a 157. Samantha Knight, a freshman from Onawa, Iowa, also cracked the top 10 with rounds of 80 and 82 to finish ninth at 162.

Mikaela Livengood, a junior from Eagle Grove, Iowa, finished 12th with scores of 82 and 81 for a 163 and Myla Brown, a junior from Sioux Falls, S.D., shot scores of 87 and 77 to finish 14th with a 164. Brown’s second round 77 was the Mustangs’ second lowest score of the day.

The Mustangs will compete in the College of Saint Mary Fall Shootout on Sept. 27 in Omaha, Neb.