The University of Minnesota, Morris men's golf team opened up the 2010 season with back-to-back second-place finishes and went on to win their own invite during the regular season.
North Central Invite
In the North Central Invitational, which took place at the Mississippi Dunes Golf Course in Cottage Grove, the Cougars finished in second with a team score of 345.
Leading the way for the Cougars was Derek Dionne. In second place was Collin Anderson with an 86, Jordan Bendel had an 87, Kyle Michel carded a 90, and Dane Kelly rounded out the scoring with a 92.
Northern State Invite
At the Northern State Invitational at the Moccasin Creek Country Club in Aberdeen, the Cougars also finished second with a team score of 337. Dionne shot a 78, Collin Anderson and Michel both had 83s, Jack Pelletier with a 93, and Kelly finished with a 94.
Anderson shot a 79 at the UMAC Regular Season Invitational to lead the way for the Cougars. He finished eighth overall and seven shots behind the medalist Clayton Johnson of Northwestern.
As a team, UMM shot a 338, finishing fourth behind Northwestern (310), North Central (323), Martin Luther (338), and they finished in front of Bethany Lutheran (352), Presentation (378), and Crown (396).
Following behind Anderson was Dionne with an 83, Bendel and Michel both shot 88s, and rounding out UMM was Kelly, who logged a 92.
The Cougars competed at the annual St. Cloud State Husky Classic Sept. 19 and 20, and wrapped up the tournament with a 12th-place finish.
Dionne led the Cougars on the weekend with a nine over 153 to finish in a tie for 17th place. Dionne shot a 71 in the first day of action and was in a second-place tie midway through the event.
Dionne and the Cougars shot a combined 658 for the tournament to finished +82 in 12th place. On day one UMM shot 323, before closing the tournament with a 335.
Minnesota State won the team title with a +18, 594 and was the only team to crack 600 on the weekend. St. Cloud State had two teams entered, and SCSU Red posted a 604 (+28) to finish in second. Minnesota, Crookston was just one stroke back at 605 (+29) in third, with the University of Manitoba in fourth with a +31, 604. Rounding out the top-five was Winona State at +36, posting a 612 for the tourney.
Minnesota, Crookston also had the individual champion in Jake Sanders, who posted a 143, and was the only player to finish under par at -1.
Anderson was next in line for the Cougars, finishing in a tie for 54th with a +22 after a 166 over the weekend. Bendel shot a 174 to finish in a 65th-place tie at +30 and Michel tied for 68th after a 176 (+32). Pelletier was the final Cougar in action and placed 73rd with a 187 (+43).
The University of Minnesota, Morris hosted the annual Cougar Invite Friday, Sept. 24, and posted the top six finishers en route to a 330, taking top honors.
Originally scheduled for Thursday, Sept. 23, wet weather in the area forced the tournament back one day, which reduced the original field of seven teams down to two, as prior obligations forced much of the field out of competition.
Upper Midwest Athletic Conference rival Presentation was still able to make the trip, and faced off with the Cougars at the Benson Country Club. On a day that began cool and windy with overcast skies, the Cougars shot a 42-over, 330, and bested the Saints by over 60 strokes, who finished with a 103-over 391.
Dionne continued his strong play on the season, and finished just one-over at 73 to cruise to medalist honors. Dionne was 10 strokes ahead of his nearest competition, as teammate Bendel came in second with an 11-over 83.
In all, the Cougars laid claim to the top six spots in the final standings, including a pair of players tied for third with matching 84s in Anderson and Michel.
Kelly placed fifth with an 89, and Pelletier was sixth with a 91 to round out the Cougars on the leader board.
Presentation was led by Michael Babcock in seventh place with a 22-over 94.