Complete 2010 MIAC Meet Preview
MOORHEAD, Minn. (09/30/10)-- The 2010 Concordia-Moorhead men’s golf team will have one very big question to answer when they tee off at this year’s conference tournament meet. Is this the year they break the nine-year drought and post a top 3 finish at the conference meet? The last time the Cobbers finished in the top 3 was in 2001 and since then they have posted six top 5 finishes.
The Cobbers have reason to believe that this will be the season they finally break through. Concordia has played one of the toughest schedules in the MIAC this year and has all five golfers back from last year’s fourth-place team. That, plus the fact that Concordia has won two of the four meets they have entered, has the Cobbers poised to make a run at the top in 2010.
Concordia opened the season by winning the Jamestown Invite. They posted a season-best score of 286 to capture the title at the beginning of September. The Cobbers then capped their regular season campaign by winning the Macalester Invite last weekend – and in the process beating conference rival St. Olaf.
The biggest news individually for Concordia came in the opening meet at Jamestown. Junior Tyler Champ (Champlin, Minn./Meadow Creek Christian HS) fired a school-record 66 at the meet to earn medalist honors. Champ currently leads the Cobbers in 2010 with a 73.9 stroke average. The other individual title of the year was won by Pat Deitz (Jr., Moorhead, Minn.) who carded a 74-71 at the Macalester Invite and tied for the low score. Deitz is second on the team in scoring this year as he is averaging 74.6 in his eight rounds.
What makes the Cobbers a top 3 contender is the fact that they have five golfers who could all be the team leader at any given meet. Besides Champ and Deitz, senior Zach Kappes (Moorhead, Minn.) could also go low and help the team into the top 3. Kappes shot a team-low 220 at the prestigious Golfweek DIII Fall Invitational in Orlando, Fla. and is third on the team in scoring average with a 74.9 mark. Rounding out the top 5 will be Andrew Whitchurch (So., Litchfield, Minn.) and Jordie Siverson (So., Moorhead, Minn.). Whitchurch earned All-MIAC honors as a freshman by placing sixth at least year’s championship meet and Siverson is fourth on the team in scoring this season.