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Kansas City Set For Bancorp South Intercollegiate
Courtesy:UMKC Athletics
Release:03/31/2013
(Kansas City, Mo.)  -- The Kansas City men’s golf team will continue its 2013 spring season when it heads to Madison, Miss., for the Bancorp South Intercollegiate on Apr. 1-2.  The tournament will be at the Reunion Country Club (7,400-yard; par 72).  Live stats will be available at www.golfstat.com.

The Field

The 14-team field will include:  Central Arkansas, Chattanooga, Jackson State, Kansas City, Louisiana Tech, Middle Tennessee State, Mississippi, Mississippi State, Southeastern Louisiana, Southern Miss, Texas State, Troy, UNC Greensboro and Western Kentucky.

The Course

Reunion is located in the beautiful, gently rolling hills of Madison, Mississippi, and is the centerpiece of a master planned community. The championship quality 18-hole Course was created by legendary designer Bob Cupp, who used his expert talents to make the most of every inch of the course’s length. Located on the historic Annandale Plantation, you’ll find this course to be one of the most intertwined with nature you’ll ever see--with the occasional deer or turkey popping in to check out your game.

Last Time Out

The Kansas City men’s golf team climbed two spots on the final day of play to finish eighth at the Memphis Intercollegiate at the Colonial Country Club in Memphis, Tenn.

    Senior Korbin Kuehn led the ‘Roos in the event, carding a pair of birdies in the final round to finish in a tie for 17th, while freshman Antoine Rozner fired a final round 69, featuring six birdies, that tied for the third lowest round of the event and helped the Paris, France native to a tie for 27th.

    Juniors Cole Chelle and Nathan Hughes each shot final round 75’s, the lowest round score for each in the event, with each notching two birdies.  Chelle’s round helped him to a tie for 42nd, while Hughes placed in a tie for 49th.

Kuehn Named Summit League Golfer of the Week

Kansas City senior Korbin was named the Summit League Men’s Golfer of the Week for the sixth time in his career after leading the Kangaroos at the Memphis Intercollegiate.  The senior fired a 227 (79-75-73) at the 54-hole tournament to finish in a tie for 17th place. He led the team in scoring for the fourth time this season and registered a 75.67 stroke average. For the year, Kuehn is third in The Summit League with a 72.92 average.

Hughes Named Summit League Golfer of the Week

Junior Nathan Hughes recorded his first career Golfer of the Week honor after placing in a tie for 10th place at the WSU Snowman Getaway. The junior carded a 54-hole one-under par score of 215 (71-73-71) for a stroke average of 71.67 on the week. He helped Kansas City to a fourth-place team finish with an 868. The Kangaroos finished ahead of Air Force, Gonzaga, Minnesota and Kansas State at the event. Hughes earned his third top-10 individual finish of the season and ranks fourth in the league with a 72.78 average for the year.

Preseason Favorites

For the second-straight year, Kansas City has been selected as the men’s golf preseason favorite as voted on by the league’s nine head coaches. The Kangaroos recorded 60 points and seven first-place votes.

2013 Men’s Golf Preseason Poll                                  

Team              Points (1st)

1.   Kansas City      60 (7)

2.   North Dakota State 52 (1)

3.   Fort Wayne            46

Kuehn Named Men’s Golfer of the Month

Kansas City men’s golfer Korbin Kuehn was named The Summit League Male Golfer of the Month after recording a league-leading 71.33 stroke average in three tournaments during the month of September. The senior fired a 54-hole 209 (68-70-71) to finish tied for fifth place and led the Kangaroos to a fourth place score of 854, the fourth-lowest in school history, at the Mark Simpson Invitational. Kuehn recorded his second top-10 finish of the month at the Jim Rivers Intercollegiate with a score of 216 (70-73-73) placing in a tie for ninth. Kuehn also carded a 217 (71-71-75) at the Golfweek Program Challenge to start the season. Currently, Kuehn holds the fourth-lowest career scoring average in school history at 74.14.

Summit League Best

Entering the event, the Kansas City men’s golf team holds five of the top 15 spots in scoring average in The Summit League.  Senior Korbin Kuehn (72.92) and freshman Antoine Rozner (73.04) are third and fourth, respectively, while junior Nathan Hughes (73.75) is right behind in fifth.  Juniors Jack Fiscus (74.92) and Cole Chelle (75.54), meanwhile, are 11th and 15th, respectively.

Last Season

In 2011-12, the Kangaroo men’s golf team finished in seventh place in The Summit League Championships with an 881 with Korbin Kuehn (1st Team) and Cole Chelle (2nd Team) earning all-league honors.  As a team, the ‘Roos won two tournaments and shot the second lowest round in school history, the third lowest 36-hole tournament score and the third and 10th lowest 54-hole tournament scores.

Team Rankings

Kansas City enters the week ranked No. 110 in the NCAA according to Golfweek, while Golf Stat also ranks the ‘Roos 101 overall, both marks are tops in The Summit League.

Individual Rankings

Korbin Kuehn is 15th in the NCAA in putts on greens in regulation at 1.787, while Antoine Rozner is 28th in greens in regulation (71.1%).

 

In The Record Books

Korbin Kuehn

• 1st and 4th lowest single season average

• 4th lowest career average

• t6th lowest round

• 3rd lowest 36-hole score

•t1st, t3rd, t6th (2x) lowest 54-hole score

Nathan Hughes

• 5th lowest single season average

• t6th lowest round (2x)

• t3rd lowest 54-hole score

Cole Chelle

• 14th lowest single season average

• t5th lowest career average

• t10th lowest 36-hole score (2x)

Viktor Mikaelsson

• 15th lowest single season average

• t5th lowest career average

• t6th lowest round

• t4th lowest 36-hole score

Jack Fiscus

• 8th lowest career average

‘Roos In the Classroom

Last season, seven ‘Roos were named to The Summit League Academic All-League team, Jack Fiscus, Jens Harr, Nathan Hughes, Trevor Johanson, Korbin Kuehn, Viktor Mikaelsson and Park Ulrich.  In order to be named to academic all-League team, each student-athlete must post a GPA of 3.0 or higher in the semester in which they compete.  Additionally, each was named a distinguished scholar for posting a GPA above 3.6.

    Meanwhile, Cole Chelle, Fiscus, Harr, Johanson, Kuehn, Mikaelsson, Will Robson and Ulrich  were named to the Commissioner’s List of Academic Excellence for posting a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or better. 

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 nine seasons.  In each of the past four seasons (2008, 2009, 2010, 2011), VanDenBorn guided the ‘Roos to at least a second place showing at The Summit League Championship with his 2011 squad winning the first tournament title in school history, leading to Summit League Coach of the Year honors.  He has led the ‘Roos to top-four finishes in the league championship tournament seven times.

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