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WAC Champ ‘Roos Gear Up For NCAA Regionals

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(Kansas City, Mo.) — UMKC men’s golf will head to Stillwater, Okla., for the NCAA Regional at Karsten Creek Golf Club (par-72; 7,418-yards) on May 16-18.  The ‘Roos will open up play on Monday with their No. 5 player teeing off at 9:50 a.m. and their No. 1 at 10:34 a.m.  Tuesday’s second round will begin at 8 a.m. with the 7, 8 and 9 teams in the standings and conclude with the final tee time at 10:34 a.m.  In the final round on Wednesday, meanwhile, the first tee time will be at 7:30 a.m. and the final at 10:04 a.m. Live stats will available at Golfstat.com.

The Field

The 14-Team Field Includes (in order by seed – Golfstat ranking in ()):  Oklahoma State (6), Clemson (7), Oklahoma (18), Duke (20), Augusta (30), Purdue (31), Michigan State (42), Tennessee (43), Northwestern (55), Louisville (56), McNeese State (68), VCU (72), UMKC (93) and Alabama State (211), as well as individuals Nick Voke, Iowa State (79), Haraldur Magnus, Louisiana-Lafayette (179), Grant Bennett, Wichita State (220), Kevin Gordon, Omaha and Thomas McLaughlin, Texas Southern.

The Course

Karsten Creek stretches over 7,400 yards with SR1020 bent-grass greens and zoysia fairways that wind through native blackjack oak trees. 110-acre Lake Louise comes into play on many holes, with the greens lying just a few yards away from the water on some occasions.  Karsten Creek was opened on May 9, 1994, and earned the distinction of “Best New Course” by Golf Digest and has earned numerous accolades since. Golf Digest honored Karsten Creek again in 1998, this time awarding the course its first five-star rating, giving Karsten Creek the distinction of being among only ten courses in the United States to earn such an honor. Karsten Creek was selected as host site for the NCAA Men’s Golf Championship in 2003 and 2011. Travel & Leisure Golf magazine ranked Karsten Creek as the best college course in the country.

Up Next

With a top-5 finish in the event, the ‘Roos would advance to the NCAA Championship on May 27-June 1 at Eugene Country Club in Eugene, Ore.  If the ‘Roos don’t advance, but have the top finishing individual not on one of the five advancing teams, he would also be included in the NCAA Championship field.

Last Time

For the third time in school history UMKC men’s golf will head to the NCAA Tournament as the ‘Roos won their first ever WAC Men’s Golf Championship after firing a -12 in the three day event at Loomis Trail Golf Club to defeat Seattle by 16 shots.

Senior Antoine Rozner led the UMKC charge, as the senior was crowned individual champion after finishing at -12, one of only two individuals to break par in the tournament.  Rozner started the day slow playing the front nine at even par, carding his lone birdie on the par-5 6th, but ramped it up at No. 11 as the Paris, France, native eagled the par-5 for the second straight day.  Rozner followed with back-to-back birdies on No. 12 and No. 13 to put the individual title away.

Joining Rozner in the red was teammate and runner-up finisher Francois Lagraulet who ended the championship at -5.  Rozner’s countryman tied his teammate for the low round of the day with a 69 that vaulted him to second place and featured five birdies, including his third straight on No. 2 and his second straight on No. 11 after a first round eagle.

Golfer of the Week/Month

Five times this season a ‘Roo golfer was named WAC Golfer of the Week or Month.  Antoine Rozner garnered recognition in September and October, as well as Feb. 24 and Mar. 22, while Francois Lagraulet earned the honor on Apr. 19.

WAC Honors

UMKC cleaned up the WAC honors this season with Antoine Rozner winning WAC Player of the Year and being named First Team All-WAC, Francois Lagraulet winning WAC Freshman of the Year and being named First Team All-WAC and J.W. VanDenBorn winning WAC Coach of the Year.  Thibault Vieilledent and Jakob Garstecki, meanwhile, were each named Second Team All-WAC.

Previously In The NCAA

This will be the ‘Roos third trip to the NCAA Regional.  Previously they made the trip in 2011 and 2013.

2011 – Zionsville, Ind. (Wolf Run Golf Club) – 13th/14 – 907, +55

2013 – Fayetteville, Ark. (Blessings Golf Course) – 12th/14 – 924, +60

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

Cameron Wiltse

  • 19th lowest career average

Thibault Vieilledent

  • 9th lowest career average

Francois Lagraulet

  • 4th lowest single season average
  • 6th lowest 54-hole tournament score

Team

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

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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