Missouri Golf Post

(Kansas City, Mo.) — UMKC men’s golfer Antoine Rozner heads to Eugene Country Club (par-70, 7,014-yards) in Eugene, Oregon, on May 27-30 for the 2016 NCAA Division I Men’s Golf Championship.  Rozner will begin his quest for the individual title on Friday when he tees-off on the 10th hole at 4:32 p.m. CT.

 

Coverage

TV: Golf Channel (final round only)

Live Scoring: GolfStat.com

Twitter: @TheUMKCRoos, @UMKCMens Golf, @WACSports, @GolfChannel

Instagram: @umkc_kangaroos, @wacsports, @GolfChannel

Facebook: UMKC Kangaroos, Western Athletic Conference, Golf Channel

Hashtags: #RooUp #WACGolf #NCAAGolf

 

The Field

The 30 team field includes: #17 Alabama, #7 Arizona State, #21 Arkansas, #9 Auburn, #26 Baylor, #11 California, #10 Clemson, #16 Florida, #13 Florida State, #6 Georgia, #35 Houston, #4 Illinois, #28 Kentucky, #50 Louisville, #12 LSU, #18 Oklahoma, #5 Oklahoma State, #20 Oregon, #32 Purdue, #22 San Diego State, #19 South Carolina, #15 South Florida, #1 Stanford, #44 TCU, #2 Texas, #33 UAB, #3 USC, #8 Vanderbilt, #23 Virginia and #14 Wake Forest.  Individuals include: #16 Ryan Cole (James Madison), #46 Antoine Rozner (UMKC), #60 William Rainey (College of Charleston), #82 Cameron Champ (Texas A&M), #180 Tee-k Kelly (Ohio State) and Matt Lutz (UC Riverside).

 

The Schedule

Finals play for the championships consists of three days of stroke play on Friday thru Sunday (54 holes), after which the top 15 teams and nine individuals not on an advancing team will be determined. That is followed by a final day of 18 holes of stroke play (Monday) to determine the individual champion.

 

The Course

Eugene Country Club, organized in 1899, is the second oldest country club in the State, antedated only by Waverley of Portland. In 1912, the club was incorporated and acquired its first clubhouse on South Willamette Street.  In 1923, the Young-Ford-McAllister properties were purchased and Chandler Egan, one of the nation’s greatest tournament golfers, was engaged to lay out a new 18-hole golf course. Over the years this course with its natural setting among tall firs and other scenic wonderments developed a reputation as one of the finest golf courses on the Pacific Coast.

During the past years, improvements at Eugene Country Club have further enhanced membership enjoyment of the facilities. Golfing on the new Robert Trent Jones course was made more challenging and enjoyable by the large spacious greens, the addition of a new lake and waterways, and the sparkling white bunkers. The deep, lush grass of the course continued to be maintained in the highest standard by a completely automatic sprinkling system installed during the course remodeling.

Previously, ECC has hosted the NCAA Championships in 1959 and 1978, as well as an NCAA Regional in 2014.

 

Last Time Out

UMKC men’s golfer Antoine Rozner finished as the runner-up at the NCAA Regional in Stillwater, Okla., at Karsten Creek Golf Course, closing out the event at +1 and as the highest individual not on a top-five team, advancing him to the NCAA Championship.

Rozner climbed into a tie for second on day one after playing the final eight holes at four-under.  Rozner started the day with a birdie on the par-3 3rd.  After slipping to +2 on the day after ten holes, Rozner rebounded with birdies on the par-4 12th and par-3 15th, before closing out the round with the only eagle of the day on the course on the par-5 18th.

Rozner continued his strong play in round two, firing a -1, 71, one of only three rounds under par on the day, to move to -3 overall and sit in a tie for the lead with one round left to play.  He opened the day on No. 10 and quickly moved to -1 on the day with a birdie on the par-4 12th.  After slipping to even on No. 17, Rozner closed out his first nine holes with a birdie on the par-5 18th to move back into the red.  A double bogey on No. 1 slipped him to +1 for the round, but a bogey-free final eight holes, with birdies on the par-3’s of No. 3 and No. 7, pushed Rozner to -3 overall and -1 on the day.

Rozner began the final day with back-to-back birdies on the par-4 10th and the par-3 11th, but quickly fell to +1 with a bogey and a double bogey on No. 12 and No. 13.  After another bogey on No. 17, the Paris, France native rebounded with back-to-back birdies on the par-5’s of No. 18 and No. 1 to move back into the lead.  Rozner then followed with a bogey and three straight pars, but closed the round with bogies on three of the final four holes to finish the day at +4 and the tournament at +1.

 

Golfer of the Week/Month

Four times this season Rozner was named WAC Golfer of the Week or Month, as he garnered recognition in September and October, as well as Feb. 24 and Mar. 22.  In his career, Rozner has seven total accolades.

 

Conference Honors

For the second straight year, Antoine Rozner was named WAC Golfer of the Year and First Team All-WAC.  As a freshman, Rozner was named First Team All-Summit League, All-Championship Team and Newcomer of the Championship and in 2014, he was named Second Team All-WAC.

 

Rozner Rankings

  • Golfstat: 46th
  • Golfstat Cup: 25th
  • NCAA Scoring Average: 10th
  • Golfweek: 49th
  • WAGR: 36th
  • SPWAR: 55th

 

Rozner In The NCAA Regionals

Three times Rozner has participated in the NCAA Regionals, appearing as a member of the team in both 2013 and 2016 and as an individual in 2015.  This is his first time advancing to the NCAA Championship.

 

2013 – Fayetteville, Arkansas (Blessings Golf Course) – t32nd/75 – 227, +11

2015 – Rancho Santa Fe, California (The Farms Golf Club) – t29th/75 – 222, +6

2016 – Stillwater, Oklahoma (Karsten Creek Golf Course) – 2nd/75 – 217, +1

 

Welcome To The Palmer Cup

Antoine Rozner was named to the Palmer Cup’s Team Europe, the annual Ryder Cup-style competition that will be played June 24-26 at Formby Golf Club in Formby, England among collegiate golfers.  

 

Ben Hogan Watch List

Antoine Rozner was named as one of 25 golfers to the Ben Hogan watch list, awarded annually to the top collegiate golfer.

 

In The Record Books

Antoine Rozner

  • 1st, 2nd, 7th and 8th lowest single season average
  • 1st lowest career average
  • 1st, 2nd, 5th, and t7th (2x) 54-hole tournament scores
  • 1st, t2nd and t5th (2x) for lowest rounds

 

Team

  • t2nd, 7th and t9th lowest rounds
  • 2nd, 5th, 7th and 8th lowest 54-hole tournament scores

 

Joining Russell

Rozner becomes the second UMKC golfer to advance to the NCAA Championship joining Robert Russell.  Russell made his appearance in the championship in 1997 after tying for 11th in the NCAA Regional.

 

Off The Course

In the classroom, Rozner was named a Cleveland Golf/Srixon All-American Scholar last season and has twice been named to the Conference Academic Honor Roll.

 

Title Team

Twice this season the ‘Roos claimed the team title, first winning the Mark Simpson Invitational in Boulder, Colo., on Sep. 28-29 and winning their second title at the WAC Championship on Apr. 30-May 2 in Blaine, Wash.

 

Rozner On Top

Four times this season Antoine Rozner has won an individual title, taking medalist honors at the Mark Simpson Invitational, Price’s “Give ‘Em 5” Invitational, Desert Shootout and WAC Championship.  The four titles tie the UMKC record for titles in a season, while his six career titles are second all-time, one behind Robert Russell.

 

Head Coach J.W. VanDenBorn

Former UMKC men’s golf student-athlete J.W. VanDenBorn was named the Director of Golf at his alma mater in June 2007.  In this capacity, he oversees both the men’s and women’s golf programs for the Kangaroos.

Overall, VanDenBorn has been the head coach for the men’s program for the past 12 seasons.  In five of the past seven seasons (2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2013), VanDenBorn guided the ‘Roos to at least a second place showing at conference championship with his 2011 squad winning the first tournament title in school history and the 2013 squad winning the second.  This season he was named WAC Coach of the Year after leading the team to its third title and first WAC Championship.

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