Cobber Men’s Golf Nationally Ranked

MOORHEAD, Minn. (4/12/12)— Concordia remains ranked in the top 25 of the latest Golf World/Nike Golf Coaches’ Division III poll. The Cobbers are now 25th in this week’s rankings. It marks the second straight ranking period that CC is nationally ranked.

Concordia cracked the top 25 in the coaches’ poll in the first rankings period of the spring. The Cobbers were ranked 24th in the Mar. 21 rankings period.  It marked the first time in program history that CC had been ranked in the top 25 of the official coaches’ poll.

The Cobbers opened up their spring season by finishing second at the St. John’s Triangular Meet on Apr. 6. Concordia was only one stroke behind St. John’s who is currently ranked 11th in the latest coaches’ poll. CC is one of only three MIAC schools to be ranked in the top 25. Besides the Johnnies, Gustavus is also ranked 19th.

The Cobbers are led by senior Pat Deitz who earned medalist honors at the SJU Triangular Meet. He shot a 2-under par 70. He leads the team through the fall and spring seasons with a 75.0 average. Freshman Coy Papachek, who finished second at the SJU Meet, is also second on the team in scoring average with a 76.4 mark.

Concordia will participate in the Valley City Invite on Sunday, Apr. 15 and Monday, Apr. 16 at the Village Green GC in Moorhead.

Golf World/Nike Golf Coaches’ Division III National Rankings
(Apr. 12, 2012)
1. Methodist (13)
2. Guilford (3)
3. Illinois Wesleyan
4. Redlands
5. UT-Tyler
6. Oglethorpe
7. Claremont-Mudd-Scripps
8. Transylvania
9. Greensboro
10. Emory
11. Saint John’s (Minn.)
12. California Lutheran
13. LaVerne
14. Christopher Newport
15. La Grange
16. St. John Fisher
17. Huntingdon
18. Skidmore
19. Gustavus
20. Centre
21. Wittenberg
22. Rhodes
23. Otterbein
24. Hampden-Sydney
25. Concordia College

Men’s Golf Claims Historic Victory

MAPLE GROVE, Minn. (10/10/11)– Concordia shot a third-round score of 303 and earned the team championship at the Twin Cities Classic on Monday. The meet featured all the top regional teams and included nationally ranked St. John’s and Gustavus and 2011 MIAC champion St. Thomas. Cobber freshman Coy Papachek won the individual title as he fired a 1-over-par 73 on Monday and finished with a final total of 221.

Cobber fresman Coy Papachek won the Twin Cities Classic individual championship.

The win for Concordia is the third of the season. The other two came at the UM-Morris Invite and the Macalester Invite. However, it is the first victory in a major regional event in the history of the program. The victory will also help the Cobbers’ bid for an NCAA Tournament berth in the spring.

The Cobbers entered Monday’s final round seven shots behind regional foe UW-Eau Claire. CC then went out and beat the No.19-ranked Blugolds by eight shots on the third day to claim the team title by a single shot. Concordia also beat St. John’s who was ranked third in the nation in the latest Golf World/Nike Golf DIII National Poll and Gustavus who was 14th.

Papachek came from six shots back to claim medalist honors for the first time in his career. He shot scores of 72-76-73 to win the individual title by a single stroke over Dennis Granath of St. John’s.

Junior Jordie Siverson was the biggest surprise for Concordia over the weekend. A week after finishing in a tie for 39th place, Siverson carded back-to-back 74’s on Sunday and Monday and finished in a tie for fourth place at 224.

Concordia had two other players finish in the top 20 at the tournament. Both Pat Deitz and freshman Tyler Koivisto had final scores of 229 and were tied for 19th place. Deitz shot a 77 on Monday while Koivisto finished off the tournament with a 79.

The Cobbers will now take the winter season off before returning to play in the spring where they will compete in at least two more meets in hopes that they will receive an at-large berth into the NCAA Tournament.

Monday Mess – The Referee Edition

Every week the Concordia Sports Information Department takes a light-hearted look back at all the Cobber athletic activities from the previous weekend.

This week we highlight the Cobber women’s golf team who finished fourth at the MIAC Championship Meet. We also shine the spotlight on men’s golfer Pat Deitz who earned All-Conference honors for the second time in the past three years and uncover one of the unsung heroes on the volleyball team.

This week’s Monday Mess rant is dedicated to the most thankless job in all of sports. We chronicle the difficulty of being a referee at the high school or college level and wonder if the lack of younger officials could lead to the downfall of college athletics in the future.

Click on the link to read the full Monday Mess:
Monday Mess – The Referee Edition – Oct. 3, 2011