by Chloe Krommendyk-The Morningside women’s golf team, along with head coach Todd Sapp, played in a two-day tournament in Arizona at Wigwam Golf Club.
Despite the threat of weather, they were able to compete at the Ottawa University of Arizona Spring Invitational in Litchfield, Arizona. Three other teams, Ottawa University (AZ), Vanguard University, and William Jessup, also competed in the tournament.
The first day of the tournament, Jan. 25, was cut short because of a wind advisory. There were reported wind gusts of up to 35 mph, along with light showers. The women’s team was able to finish 9-13 holes on the Wigwam Gold Course before they were pulled inside the clubhouse for a weather delay. The weather only continued to get worse, causing the tournament to be postponed for the day.
The Mustangs did look quite impressive despite the weather concerns. Before being pulled off the course, freshman Sofia Castelan led the team at two over par through 11 holes. Following close behind was Laia Badosa, three over par, through 13 holes. Sam Knight was four over through 11 holes and Maria Nava was five over through 11 holes. Day one scores were not counted towards the tournament because of the last-minute decision to cancel due to weather.
Sapp stated, “The girls played amazing in that type of weather and would have definitely been leading after day one.”
The second day of the tournament was played on Wigwam Golf Club’s Red Course due to weather damage to the Gold Course. The Mustangs continued to show off their talent and ended the day with a team win, with a collective score of 309. As individuals, Samantha Knight tied for second place with a score of 76, Laia Badosa and Sofia Castelan tied for fifth place with 77, Maria Nava tied for seventh place with 79, and Maria Zorilla took 12th place with 80.
The team possibly travels to the Eagle Invitational at The Grand on Feb. 15 and Feb. 16 in San Diego, California. Details are to be announced.