(Kansas City, Mo.) -- The ‘Roos will continue the 2014 season on Mar. 31-Apr. 1 when they head to Cordova, Tenn., for the Memphis Intercollegiate (Par 72; 7,249-yard). The 54-hole tournament will be held on the South Course at Colonial Country Club (7,249-yard; par 72). Live stats will be available at www.golfstat.com.
The South Course, commonly identified as “the South,” needs no introduction. Site of the 1977 famous 59, shot by Al Geiberger, the South has been dubbed by Golf Week Magazine as one of the toughest tests (no longer played) on the PGA Tour. Curtis Strange said, “That course was one of the 3, 4, 5 courses I would have bet you would have never seen a 59 on”. A par 72 measuring 7334 from the back tees, the South is without question one of the most challenging courses to play in the country and one of the most enjoyable. With tree lined fairways, gorgeous lakes, and uncharacteristic elevation changes to the region, the South Course is truly a gem to behold.
Last Time Out
The Kansas City men’s golf team brought home the team title at the Desert Shootout, downing BYU in a one-hole playoff after breaking the school record for the second straight day with a third round 274, -14 at the Palm Valley Country Club in Phoenix, Ariz. Overall, the ‘Roos carded a three round score of 833, -31, setting a new UMKC record, eclipsing the previous mark by 13 strokes.
Individually, senior Nathan Hughes continued to roll in the third round, claiming individual medalist honors with a school record total of 200, -16 after shooting a final round 68 that gave him a three shot victory. Sophomore Antoine Rozner climbed into a tie for 15th on the final day with a career-low round of 68, while junior Mitch Tucker fired his third straight round of 70 to also tie for 15th at -6.
Senior Jack Fiscus finished with the ‘Roos next lowest score at +2 in a tie for 46th after a final round 73, while freshman Thibault Vieilledent carded a career-low 68 in the final round to jump into a tie for 51st at +3. Senior Cole Chelle, meanwhile, finished in a tie for 59th at +5 playing as an individual. In the event, the ‘Roos totaled four eagles, including two by Hughes, while Hughes added 16 of the ‘Roos 60 birdies.
Hughes Named WAC Golfer Of The Week
Kansas City senior men’s golf Nathan Hughes was named the Western Athletic Conference Golfer of the Week for his performance at the Desert Shootout after winning Kansas City’s 23rd individual title in team history and helping his team win the 17th team title in school history. Hughes beat out 90 competitors at the Desert Shootout in Phoenix, Ariz., shooting a ollegiate16-under par 200 (67-65-68) to win medalist honors. His 16-under par 200 is the lowest individual score in school history, while his second-round seven-under par 65 is a career low and ties him for the third lowest round in Kansas City history. The ‘Roos won the team title with a 31-under par 833, beating BYU in a one-hole playoff.
2013 Memphis Intercollegiate
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. Rounding out the Kansas City lineup was senior Viktor Mikaelsson, who shot a third round 76 to tie for 62nd.
According to GolfStat, the ‘Roos are ranked as the third highest team in the WAC, coming in at 127, trailing only New Mexico State (53) and Idaho (69). Golfweek, meanwhile, has the ‘Roos ranked 171, also behind NMSU (63) and Idaho (106).
In 2013, the Kangaroos claimed their second Summit League title and advanced to the NCAA Tournament. Korbin Kuehn, Nathan Hughes and Antoine Rozner were named to the First Team All-Summit League and Cole Chelle and Jack Fiscus were named to the Second Team All-Summit League, while Kuehn was named Summit League Golfer of the Year and Golfer of the Tournament after claiming his second individual Summit League title. Antoine was named Newcomer of the Championship.
In The Record Books
• 8th & 14th lowest single season averages
• 6th lowest career average
• t3rd and t7th lowest rounds (3x)
• 1st lowest and t4th 54-hole score
• 16th lowest single season average
• 8th lowest career average
• t10th lowest 36-hole score (2x)
• 10th lowest career average
• 3rd & 4th lowest single season average
• 2nd lowest career average
‘Roos In the Classroom
Summit League Academic All-League
• Nathan Hughes
Commissioner’s List of Academic Excellence
• Nathan Hughes
• Cole Chelle
• Jack Fiscus
Academic Honor Roll
• Nathan Hughes
• Antoine Rozner
• *Jack Fiscus
• *Cameron Wiltse
* - Distinguished Scholar
Head Coach J.W. VanDenBorn
VanDenBorn has been the head coach for the men’s program for the past 10 seasons. In five of the past six seasons (2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2013), 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 and the 2013 squad winning the second. He has led the ‘Roos to top-four finishes in the league championship tournament eight times.
During the 2012-13 season, VanDenBorn was named Summit League Coach of the Year after guiding the ‘Roos to their second trip to the NCAA Tournament in school history.