by Chloe Krommendyk–As the Mustang golf team prepares for the Spring golf season, both the men and women are in good standing. The women are currently ranked number 6 in the nation, while the men are ranked number 9, thanks to the successful previous fall season.
To kick off the year, the Men’s golf team was able to attend the San Antonio Shootout, in San Antonio Texas, Feb. 22 and 23, where they placed fourth out of six teams. The women’s first tournament was the Ottawa University of Arizona Spring Invitational on Jan. 25 and 26, where they placed first out of four teams.
During the off season, the Mustang golfers took advantage of a valuable asset that Morningside has to offer. That asset is the indoor golf room located in the HPER. This room is equipped with nets to hit into, grass-like floors to putt on, and a golf simulator with a range, multiple courses, and more.
Sophomore women’s golfer Kennedy Mason stated that she is very excited to start the spring season. She has been able to put in a lot of work using the HPER resources, but she is excited to get to play on a real course again soon.
Junior men’s golfer Aaron Robinson had a similar response. As they near the upcoming season, Aaron is beyond excited to get back out on the course and improve his game.
Both the men and women are currently in Nipton, California, taking part in the Primm Battle Monday, March 22 and Tuesday, March 23.
After day one at the Primm Battle tournament, the men were in seventh place out of the 17 teams attending. The women were in third place out of seven teams, only trailing the second place team by one stroke, and the first place team by three strokes.
After the second day of the tournament, the men were placed 10th out of 17, and the women were placed second out of seven.
Some stand-out athletes of the tournament included Laia Badosa, who gained her second medalist award of 2020-21 season, as well as her fifth time placing in the top five. Badosa shot a 69-76: 145. Freshman women’s golfer Sofia Castelan also ranked in the top ten, with a score of 79-76: 155 to tie for eighth place.
The Men’s team was led by three seniors: Corey Matthey, Jonny Douglas, and Xan Milligan. They were all included in the top 40. Matthey shot a 220, Douglas and Milligan each shot 222.