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Prevailing winter conditions dampen spring golf season
A soggy spring does not a good golf season make. Frustrating is what coach Finn Grinaker called it. And because of the bad weather conditions, the 1978 golf season was mainly re- stricted to invitationals and conference playoffs. "In regular season action many of the league schools missed the opportunity to compete because of the weather," Grinaker said. In Fargo-Moorhead the courses were under flood waters until late in the season. Cobber golfers traveled even to practice.
The only nice day came at the conference meet held recently at the Honeywell Country Club in Minneapolis. Concordia finished in fourth place to tie with St. John's University with 648 strokes, 45 strokes behind Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference champion Gustavus Adolphus' 603, College of St. Thomas' 624 and St. Olaf College's 626.
Gustavus also held a two-stroke lead over defending District 13 titlist St. Thomas to win the Honeywell title and to claim the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) District 13 championship. Concordia ended up 14th in the Honeywell and NAIA meets.
Three collegiate golf invitationals were played, all on windy, cold, wet days. Concordia placed third of a field of six teams at the Cobber-Dragon Invitational, 11th out of 18 teams at the St. John's Invitational and third out of six at the Northern State College Golf Invitational.
Grinaker is looking ahead to a good season next year and thinks his
returning team could win, "a lot of meets."
Tom Anderson, Mark Tryhus, Jim Unruh, Randy Johnson, Marshall Johnson, Jim Anderson, Scott Anderson, Bert Olson, Mark Tryhus, and Jay Myhre
Season results were:
Cobber-Dragon Invitational: 3rd place out of 6 teams (Tom Anderson - co-medalist)
St. Johnís Invitational: 11th place out of 18 teams
Northern State Invitational: 3rd place out of 6 teams
Honeywell Invitational: 14th place out of 27 teams
MIAC Conference Meet: 4th place tie out of 9 teams