This Week The UMKC men’s golf team will close out its fall season by hosting the Bill Ross Intercollegiate on Oct. 19-20 at Blue Hills Country Club (7,351-yard; par 72) in Kansas City, Mo. The 13-team tournament will be contested over 54-holes with 8:30 a.m. shotgun starts scheduled for both Monday and Tuesday mornings.
The Field The 13-team field will include: Central Arkansas, Creighton, Kansas, UMKC, Nebraska, North Dakota, North Dakota State, Northern Colorado, Northern Iowa, Oral Roberts, South Dakota, South Dakota State and Wichita State. Kansas State will also send three individuals to compete in the two-day event.
Last Week UMKC finished in a tie for third place out of 15 teams at the D.A. Weibring Intercollegiate on Oct. 11-12 in Normal, Ill. The ‘Roos fired a final round 300 to finish with a 54-hole total of 905 strokes for the weekend. Freshman Viktor Mikaelsson paced the team in the tournament, as he tallied his second career top-10 finish.
Bill Ross Intercollegiate Historically Speaking The Kangaroos will be hosting the Bill Ross Intercollegiate on Oct. 19-20, 2009, at Blue Hills Country Club. It will be the fourth time that the school has hosted the event, and the first since 2006. It will also be the first time that UMKC has not hosted the tournament at Oakwood Country Club. Oklahoma Christian is a two-time winner of the event, as it claimed the team title in 2004 and 2006, while the host ‘Roos were the champions in 2005. The tournament’s name sake, meanwhile, is former UMKC men’s golf coach Bill Ross. Ross served as the head coach for the ‘Roos for 35 years before retiring in 2003.
Mikaelsson Tallies Second Top-10 Finish Freshman Viktor Mikaelsson led the ‘Roos for the second time this fall when he tied for 10th place at the D.A. Weibring Intercollegiate last week in Normal, Ill. The Sweden tied his season low round of 72 during Monday’s second round before finishing with a 54-hole total of 222 (76-72-74). The showing also was Mikaelsson’s second career top-10 finish, as he also tied for 1oth place in his first collegiate event at the Fairway Club Invitational on Sept. 14-15.
Kuehn Posts Team Season-Low Round Freshman Korbin Kuehn fired the low round of the fall for the Kangaroos at the Kansas Invitational in Lawrence on Sept. 28. The Overland Park, Kan., native posted a two-under par 70 during the tournament’s second round en route to finishing in a tie for 10th place.
One Hogben Of A Career Senior Alex Hogben has posted 18 top-15 finishes and a total of 10 top-10 finishes during his playing career in Kansas City. This season, the England native’s top showing came at the Jim Colbert Intercollegiate, where he tied for 11th place with a 148.
Coach VanDenBorn J.W. VanDenBorn is in his third season as the Director of Golf for UMKC, where he oversees both the men’s and women’s golf programs. Overall, VanDenBorn has been the head coach for the men’s golf program for the past six years. In each of the last two years, VanDenBorn guided the ‘Roos to back-to-back runner-up finish at The Summit League Championships. In his six years with the program, VanDenBorn has guided his squad to five top-four finishes. In 2006, he coached Stephen Clark to the Mid-Con Player of the Year honors, which was the first such honor in the program’s history.