SIOUX FALLS -- Morningside' s men’s golf team defeated reigning Great Plains Athletic Conference champion Northwestern College by eight strokes to take top honors at the GPAC Fall Qualifier tournament held Monday and Tuesday at Willow Run Golf Course in Sioux Falls.
The Mustangs carded a team score of 569 over the two rounds for a collective team score of 1-over par. Northwestern finished second in the 10-team field with a 577 and first round leader Doane University finished third at 579. Dordt finished fifth with a 595 while Briar Cliff tied for ninth iwth a 619.
Doane shot a 283 in the opening round for a three-stroke lead over Morningside and Northwestern, who tied for second at 286. The Mustangs finished with a second round 283 for the best score of the day.
Morningside’s Cody Holck was the tournament’s individual medalist with a 3-under par 139. Holck shot a one-under par 70 on Monday before he closed with a two-under 69 for the top individual Tuesday score.
Corey Matthey finished third with rounds of 71 and 70 for a 1-under par 141. Matt McGhee finished fifth with rounds of 71 and 72 for a one-over par 143.
Northwestern was led by Justin Kraft who followed up his 68 with a 72 on Tuesday to finish second with a 140. Evan Schuler took fourth with a 142 while Austin Reitz and Isaac Knock shot 147 and 148, respectively.
Dordt was paced by Tony Kallevig's 143 to tie for fifth and Briar Cliff's Erik Ingenljff shot 151 for 25th.
The GPAC Spring Qualifier will be held April 23 and 24 in Eagle, Nebraska.