Morningside College’s men’s golf team will open the 2014 portion of its schedule at the Texas Intercollegiate Invitational this Monday and Tuesday in Fort Worth. The tournament is hosted by Texas Wesleyan University.
The Mustangs finished the fall season in sixth place in the Great Plains Athletic Conference (GPAC) standings after the first two of four GPAC Qualifier tournaments for 2013-14 that will determine the league’s automatic qualifier for the 2014 NAIA Men’s Golf National Championship.
Matt Young, a senior from Kingsley, Iowa, was the Mustangs’ top performer during the fall season when he led the team with a 76.4-stroke scoring average. His best tournament came in the Mustangs’ fall finale when he was one of three players to share medalist honors with a five-over par 149 at the two-day Ashford University Kohler Classic. Young carded the lowest score in Morningside history with a 10-under par 62 last spring at the Morningside Invitational.
Young and Matt Pitts, a senior from Cherokee, Iowa, are both returning All-GPAC selections from last year. Pitts had a 78.7-stroke scoring average during the fall campaign to rank second behind Young.
Tyler Malenosky, a freshman from Sioux City, also had a scoring average in the 70s during the fall campaign with a 79.6-stroke average, while Cole Schwarz, a senior from Silver Lake, Kan., and Keegan Bak, a junior from Hinton, Iowa, just missed with scoring norms of 80.4 strokes.
Matt Young, a senior from Kingsley, Iowa, has been named the Hauff Mid-America Sports/GPAC Men's Golfer of the Week for Oct. 21-27.
Young was one of three players in a field of 76 golfers to share medalist honors at last week’s Ashford University Kohler Classic. Young finished with a two-day total of five-over par 149 with rounds of 76 and 73. He shared medalist honors with Jared Multer of Grand Rapids Community College and Blake Vinson of Texas Wesleyan University.
Young led the Mustangs with a 76.4-stroke scoring average during the fall season.
Morningside finished sixth at GPAC Men’s Golf Qualifier #2 held Monday at Firethorn Country Club in Lincoln, Neb.
The Mustangs carded a team score of 333 in the cold, windy, and wet conditions to finish four strokes out of fifth place behind Midland University.
Morningside, which finished fifth in GPAC Qualifier #1 earlier this fall, dropped a spot to sixth place in the combined team scoring at the halfway point of the conference season. The Mustangs’ two-tourney total of 640 left put them six strokes out of fifth place behind Hastings College. GPAC Qualifiers #3 and #4 will be played during the spring season.
Matt Young led the Mustangs’ at GPAC Qualifier #2 with a seven-over par 78 for the fifth lowest score in the field. Young was the Mustangs’ only player to break 80 on a day when all but 10 players in the 55-golfer field finished at 80 or higher.
Matt Pitts had the Mustangs’ second lowest score with an 81. The Mustangs competed their scoring with an 85 from Keagan Bak and an 89 from Cole Schwarz.
Young leads the Mustangs in the combined two-tournament scoring with a 157 for seventh place in the individual standings.
The Mustangs will wrap up their fall season at the Ashford University Invitational to be held Oct. 21 and 22 at Kohler, Wis.
Combined GPAC Qualifier Results