KANSAS CITY, Mo. – The UMKC women’s golf team will begin its 2019 spring season with competition at the Rio Verde Collegiate Invitational from Feb. 22 – 24 at the Rio Verde Country Club in Rio Verde, Ariz. The program, in its 32nd season of intercollegiate varsity action, is scheduled to compete in five events this spring, culminating in the Western Athletic Conference (WAC) Championships April 18-20 in Lakewood, Wash.
Head Coach Brianna Broderick, who is in her 10th season at UMKC, has two starters returning mixed in with six newcomers. The two returning golfers are senior Cynthia Diaz Rueda and sophomore Victoria Pavlik.
Diaz Rueda and freshman Theresa de Bochdanovits each posted strong efforts in the fall season. Diaz Rueda took top Roo honors at a pair of fall events, with her best finish at No. 8 (tie) carding a 219 at the MSU/Payne Stewart Memorial on Sept. 10-11, 2018. A native of Kist, Germany, de Bochdanovits won two competitions in the fall, with her fourth-place finish at the Pat Bradley Invitational (Oct. 21-23, 2018) being the top performance of any UMKC golfer last fall.
As a team, the Roos had their best finish last fall at the UNO Invitational when the squad posted a 946 (322-315-309) team score, good for fifth place.
“We have a young team heading into our championship season, and we are looking to build on the momentum we recently gained from our fall season,” said Broderick. “We will lean on the experience of our lone senior, Cynthia Diaz Rueda, and look to capitalize on the energy that freshman Theresa de Bochdanovits and sophomore Caroline Klemp created towards the end of the 2018 fall season.
“Others players to keep an eye on would include returner and sophomore Victoria Pavlik, newcomer and junior Jaime Bellingham, and freshmen players Megan Lucas, Hayley Jones and Kenni Henson. This team is full of depth so we expect to see rounds from all eight players on our team throughout the spring season.”
A highlight on the schedule is the seventh annual Kansas City Intercollegiate, which occurs at The Golf Club of Creekmoor in Raymore, Mo. From April 8 – 9, 10 teams will compete for the trophy. Last year, the Roos finished sixth out of 10 teams at their home event, with Diaz Rueda tying for 10th overall (75-78=153).
The Roos are seeking their first-ever conference championship. The highest finish was second place at the 2017 WAC Championships.