KANSAS City, Mo. – Surrounded by power five schools on all sides of the leaderboard, UMKC men’s golf’s No. 46 Antoine Rozner placed his name among the nation’s best as the senior closed out his illustrious career tying for eighth in the NCAA Men’s Golf Championship at the Eugene Country Club in Eugene, Oregon.
After firing rounds of 70-72-70 to make the cut and advance to Monday’s fourth and final round, Rozner wrapped up the event with his third round of 70 to finish at 2-over for the tournament.
The Paris, France native opened the day with three straight pars on Nos. 1-3, before picking up his first birdie of the final round on the 528-yard par-4 No. 4, his second straight round birdieing the hole.
Rozner followed with two more pars before slipping back to even on the day with a bogey on the 492-yard par-4 No. 7.
The bogey, however, would not phase the Frenchman as he answered right back with a birdie on the 349-yard par-4 No. 8, once again birdieing the hole for the second consecutive day, and a par on No. 9 to make the turn at 1-under on the day and 1-over in the event.
A bogey on the 395-yard par-4 No. 10 knocked Rozner back to even, but the UMKC senior finished the round and his career in the Blue & Gold with eight straight pars to finish the day at even-par and the 2016 NCAA Men’s Golf Championship at 2-over in a tie for eighth place.
Oregon’s No. 6 Aaron Wise was crowned the National Champion at 5-under as he defeated USC’s No. 13 Rico Hoey by two shots and Vanderbilt’s No. 12 Matthias Schwab and Arizona State’s No. 3 Jon Rahm by four shots. Texas’ No. 5 Beau Hossler finished fourth at even-par, while Georgia’s No. 7 Lee McCoy and Alabama’s No. 8 Robby Shelton tied for sixth at 1-over.
Illinois’ No. 4 Charlie Danielson tied for eighth with Rozner at 2-over and the Fighting Illini’s No. 18 Thomas Detry, the Trojan’s Justin Suh and California’s No. 26 Collin Morikawa rounded out the top-10 at 3-over.
Rozner became the second ‘Roo to ever appear in the NCAA Championship, joining Robert Russell, who appeared in the 1997 championship.
Rozner closes out the season with a school record scoring average of 70.49 and a school record tying four wins this season. In his career, his six wins rank second behind only Russell’s seven, while his career scoring average of 72.23 is best in UMKC history.
Overall, Rozner holds the school records for lowest round (63 at Price’s “Give ‘Em 5” Invitational on 10/23/15) and lowest tournament score (197 at Price’s “Give ‘Em 5” Invitational on 10/23-25/15).
On Sunday, Rozner was named to the PING Central All-Region Team after winning his second straight WAC Player of the Year honor earlier this season.
* – Rankings according to Golfstat
(Quotes from Rozner and UMKC Head Coach J.W. VanDenBorn to Follow)
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