OSKALOOSA, Iowa -- Mount Mercy finished up the spring season with a fifth-place finish at the 2017 Heart of America Athletic Conference Women's Golf Championship on Monday and Tuesday at Edmundson Golf Course. Allyson Wertz was the top performer for the Mustangs, tying for 14th.
Mount Mercy found itself in fourth place after an opening-round 344 team total. That was two strokes better than Peru State (Neb.), which slipped ahead of the Mustangs on day two. The Bobcats shot 341 during Tuesday's final round as Mount Mercy went to 348.
William Penn ran away with the team title, winning the championship by a 48-stroke margin. They finished at 607, followed by Grand View (655), Baker (Kan.) (677), Peru State (687), Mount Mercy (692), Missouri Valley (725), Avila (Mo.) (726), Clarke (733) and Central Methodist (Mo.) (746).
Wertz carded rounds of 85 and 84 to finish at 169 and a tie for 14th place. Kayla Stammer (86-89=175) and Cheyenne Broquard (87-88=175) tied for 20th, Mackenzie Noble (86-91=177) tied for 24th and Valarie Davidson (91-87=178) placed 26th.
Kimberly Nelson of Grand View edged out a trio of William Penn golfers for medalist honors. She posted rounds of 73 and 77 to finish at 150. Jodi Saito (78-73=151) of the Statesmen was one stroke back, followed by teammates Helene Larsen (71-81=152) and Miranda Keeler (77-75=152).