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Kansas City Set For NCAA Championship In Fayetteville
Courtesy:UMKC Athletics
Release:05/15/2013
(Kansas City, Mo.)  -- The Kansas City men’s golf team will look to advance to the NCAA Championship for the first time in school history when it heads to Fayetteville, Ark., for the 2013 NCAA Men’s Golf Championship Regional on May 16-18.  The tournament will be held at the Blessings Golf Course (7,251-yard; par 72).  Live stats will be available at www.golfstat.com.

The ‘Roos

Kansas City will send seniors Korbin Kuehn and Viktor Mikaelsson, juniors Nathan Hughes and Cole Chelle and freshman Antoine Rozner.

The Field

The 14 team field will include: No. 1 Texas, No. 2 Arkansas, No. 3 Oklahoma State, No. 4 SMU, No. 5 Kent State, No. 6 Illinois, No. 7 Liberty, No. 8 Tulsa, No. 9 Kentucky, No. 10 Colorado, No. 11 Indiana, No. 12 UNC-Wilmington, No. 13 Kansas City and No. 14 Alabama State, as well as individuals from Kansas, Stephen F. Austin, Central Arkansas, Murray State and UT-Arlington.

The Course

The 18-hole “Blessings” course at the Blessings Golf Club facility located along Clear Creek in Fayetteville, Arkansas features 7,527 yards of golf from the longest tees for a par of 72 . Designed by Robert Trent Jones Jr., ASGCA, the Blessings golf course opened in 2004.  From the back tees, its rating is 79.1 and its slope is 153, making it one of the most difficult golf courses in the U.S. Its routing is a true “out-in” design, in that the 9th hole does not end at the clubhouse. Blessings features three par-5 holes on the “out” nine and three par-3 holes on the “in” nine, for a par of 37-35-72. Its topography is characterized by hilly terrain creating numerous sidehill lies, dramatic elevation changes, forced carries over ravines and valleys, and large, undulating greens, with Clear Creek in play on several holes. Accuracy off the tee is a must.

Last Time Out

The Kansas City men’s golf team earned its second trip to the NCAA Championship in school history with its second Summit League title in the last three years on Wednesday afternoon at the Sky Creek Ranch Golf Club in Keller, Texas.

    Senior Korbin Kuehn claimed his second Summit League title by one shot over teammate Antoine Rozner, while junior Nathan Hughes finished third.

    Kuehn entered the day in second, trailing Rozner until the final hole of the event when his sixth and final birdie of the day gave him a round at -3 and propelled him to the individual title at even par.

    Rozner, meanwhile, finished the round and the tournament at +1, carding all three of his birdies on the back nine, while Hughes had his best round of the tournament carding a -1 over a final round that featured four birdies and an eagle on the par five 15th.

    Cole Chelle followed up his second round 73 with a final round 74 that included three birdies on the front nine and his second straight birdie on the par five 18th, sending the junior to a tie for 20th at +16.  Senior Viktor Mikaelsson rounded out the Kansas City lineup with four birdies in the final round to finish in a tie for 28th.

2013 Men’s Golf Summit League Results                              

Team                     Strokes

1.   Kansas City          880

2.   South Dakota       899

3.   South Dakota State 912

2011 NCAA Championship Regionals

The UMKC men’s golf team closed out the 2011 season with its best showing of the NCAA Men’s Golf Indiana Region Tournament, posting a round three score of 295 in the final day. The Kangaroos finished 13th overall with 907 strokes (312-300-295). The `Roos were led by Will Robson, who tied for 27th overall at 219 strokes (73-76-70).

    Cole Chelle moved ahead 20 spots with his third round score of 70 strokes, to tie for 41st (80-74-70=224). Viktor Mikaelsson and Korbin Kuehn finished 64th and 66th for the Kangaroos, 234 strokes (82-75-77) and 236 strokes (77-75-84), respectively. Jack Fiscus rounded things out for the `Roos, finishing 75th with 253 strokes (89-85-79).

All-League Performers

Kansas City landed three golfers on the men’s first team in Nathan Hughes, Korbin Kuehn and Antoine Rozner. Kuehn earns his second career first team all-league honor after recording a 73.80 stroke average heading into the championships. Hughes garners his first career award after registering three top-five finishes this season. He has a 73.87 stroke average entering tournament play. Rozner carries a 73.37 stroke average and collected a low round of 69 this season at the Memphis Intercollegiate and the Bill Ross Intercollegiate.  Cole Chelle (75.87) and Jack Fiscus (75.40), meanwhile, were named to the second team.

Championship Honors

Four ‘Roos garnered honors following the Summit League Championship, led by Korbin Kuehn who was named Championship MVP and to the All-Tournament Team.  Antoine Rozner also received All-Tournament recognition, while being named Newcomer of the Championship.  Nathan Hughes was the third ‘Roo named to the All-Tournament Team, while head coach J.W. VanDenBorn was named Summit League Coach of the Year.

Hughes Garners Academic All-League Award

Nathan Hughes was named to The Summit League Academic All-League Team after earning all-league first team and all-tournament team honors this season. He placed third at the league tournament and recorded a 73.82 stroke average this season with a 3.72 GPA as a business administration major.

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 three of the top seven spots in scoring average in The Summit League.  Freshman Antoine Rozner (73.27) sits third, while senior Korbin Kuehn (73.64) and junior Nathan Hughes (73.82) are fifth and seventh, 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. 111 in the NCAA according to Golfweek, while Golf Stat ranks the ‘Roos 103 overall, both marks are tops in The Summit League.

Individual Rankings

Antoine Rozner is third in the NCAA in greens in regulation (73.9), 40th in fairways hit (74.3) and tied for 49th in birdies (109), while Jack Fiscus (74.8) and Nathan Hughes (75.3) are 37th and 35th, respectively in fairways hit

In The Record Books

Korbin Kuehn

• 2nd and 6th 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

• 8th lowest single season average

• 5th lowest career average

• t6th lowest round (2x)

• t3rd lowest 54-hole score

Cole Chelle

• 14th lowest single season average

• 8th lowest career average

• t10th lowest 36-hole score (2x)

Viktor Mikaelsson

• 15th lowest single season average

• 7th lowest career average

• t6th lowest round

• t4th lowest 36-hole score

Jack Fiscus

• 10th lowest career average

Antoine Rozner

• 3rd lowest single season 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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