The UMKC men’s golf team advanced to the NCAA Division I Men’s Golf Championship for the fourth time in school history after claiming their fourth overall conference championship and second WAC title after winning the 2018 WAC Men’s Golf Championship at the Prairie Dunes Country Club in Hutchinson, Kan.
The Roos fired a +25, 865 (284-287-294) to defeat runner-up Grand Canyon by four shots.
Previously, the Roos advanced to the NCAA Tournament with Summit League titles in 2011 and 2013 and a WAC title in 2016.
McCain Schellhardt led the Roos in the championship, claiming the individual title at +1 (73-67-71=211), three shots better than a trio of competitors. The title is the first individual conference title for the Roos since Antoine Rozner won the event in 2016.
“Winning the title means so much to me,” Schellhardt said. “I’ve felt like I’ve played well these past few weeks and I am so happy that my game was clicking at the right time. Prairie Dunes, being such a tough golf course, I just tried to stay patient all week and manage my game. More importantly, I couldn’t be happier for the team taking the title back to Kansas City. I am surrounded by eight other guys and a coaching staff who have practiced and worked so hard this whole season so it was well deserved. Conference is the biggest tournament for us each year and I couldn’t be more excited that we managed to win and get a spot in the regional.”
Schellhardt opened the event with a first round 73 that he bookended with birdies on the par-4’s of Nos. 1 and 18 and followed it up with a second round 67 that featured five birdies, including back-to-back birdies on the par-4 No. 3 and par-3 No. 4. The 67 was tied for the lowest round in the tournament. He then closed out the event with a final round 71, adding two more birdies, including his second straight on the par-4 No 13.
Finishing at +6 in a tie for fifth was Francois Lagraulet. The junior fired an opening round 70 with a trio of birdies before following with a second round 75 with birdies on the par-5 No. 7 and par-4 No 9. The Frenchman’s final round 71, meanwhile, included back-to-back birdies on Nos. 6-7 and his final birdie of the event on the par-4 No. 16.
One shot back of Lagraulet was fellow Frenchman Paul Foulquie, who tied for seventh at +7. Foulquie came out hot with an even par 70 in round one that included three birdies. He came back on day two with six more birdies, notching three over four holes on the front nine and three straight on the back nine, while closing out the tournament with a final round 76 that was highlighted by an eagle on the par-5 No. 17.
At +13 in a tie for 15th was Jack Hermeston. The Roos’ Brit shot a three-birdie 71 in round one and added two more birdies in a round two 76. His final round 76 featured his final birdie on the par-4 No. 14.
Matthew Sieg rounded out the UMKC lineup in 31st at +26, carding his lone birdie of the event on No. 7 in round one.
The championship is the fourth conference title of the season for UMKC following championships by men’s cross country, women’s soccer (regular season) and men’s tennis (regular season). Men’s and women’s tennis and men’s and women’s track and field, meanwhile, will take part in conference championships later this season.
The Blue & Gold will now await their destination for the NCAA Division I Men’s Golf Championship during the selection show on Wednesday, May 2 at 5 p.m. CT. The regionals are set to take place on May 14-16.