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ROZNER NAMED JOE KEARNEY AWARD WINNER AS WAC’S TOP MALE STUDENT-ATHLETE

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ENGLEWOOD, Colo. – UMKC men’s golf standout Antoine Rozner (Paris, France) earned the Joe Kearney Award from the Western Athletic Conference, it was announced Thursday. Named in honor of the former WAC commissioner, the award goes to the top male and female student athletes in the WAC annually.

“Antoine leaves a strong legacy as one of the most accomplished athletes in UMKC history,” UMKC head coach J.W. VanDenBorn said. “He has been an ideal student-athlete from a coach’s perspective – he has worked hard on his game and diligently in the classroom. He has been a model for the younger players in our program and his influence will be felt for years to come. He left our program as one of the top collegiate players in the country and one of the top amateur golfers in the world.”

Rozner finished second at the 2016 NCAA Regional to advance to the NCAA Championship as an individual, the first WAC golfer since 2006 and just the second UMKC golfer to do so. He tied for eighth place at the NCAA Men’s Golf Championship. During his senior season, Rozner was named WAC Golfer of the Year, first team All-WAC, second team PING All-American and honorable mention All-American by Golfweek. He won four events and set the UMKC record for lowest single-season scoring average (70.49). He was twice named WAC Golfer of the Month last fall and was named WAC Golfer of the Week twice in the spring.

A two-time WAC Golfer of the Year, a three-time All-WAC honoree and a two-time Academic All-WAC honoree. He was also named a Cleveland Gold/Srixon All-American Scholar in 2014-15. Prior to UMKC joining the WAC, as a freshman Rozner was named Summit League Newcomer of the Championship and to the Summit League All-Championship Team after placing second. He was also a first team All-Summit League selection and was named to the Summit League Academic Honor Roll.

Rozner holds the school records for lowest career scoring average (72.23), lowest round (63 at Price’s “Give ’Em 5” Invitational on Oct. 23, 2015) and lowest tournament score (197 at Price’s “Give ‘Em 5” Invitational Oct. 23-25, 2015). He ranks second all-time in career wins (7).

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