Morningside is in 27th place after the completion of Tuesday’s first round in the NAIA Women’s Golf National Championship at PGA National Champion Course in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla.
The GPAC champion Mustangs carded a team score of 346 to put them five strokes out of 26th place behind Kansas Wesleyan (341).
Morningside freshman Samantha Knight, the 2018 GPAC Player of the Year, led the Mustangs with an eight-over par round of 80 to put her in a tie for 48th place in the individual standings. Knight, whose round included one birdie and nine pars, opened with a 39 on the front nine and finished with a 41 on the back nine. Her birdie came on the 152-yard par three fifth hole.
Fellow freshman Maria Zorrilla was next with scores of 44 and 41 for an 85 and a tie for 96th place.
The Mustangs also counted a 90 by Alexandra Mankle and a 91 by Myla Brown. Mankle had one of the Mustangs’ two birdies on the day with a two on the 131-yard par three 17th hole.
Nathalie Sanchez carded a 93 that did not figure in the Mustangs’ team score.
No. 1-ranked Savannah College of Art & Design is the first round leader with a 12-over par 300 for a nine-stroke cushion over William Woods University in second place with a 309.
The tournament field will be cut to the top 17 teams and 40 individuals, including ties, after the completion of Wednesday’s second round.