This past fall, UMKC senior golfer Antoine Rozner put together an unprecedented stretch as he won two of the four events he played in with the ‘Roos, while finishing top-five in each of his other two events.
On the season, Rozner’s 68.67 scoring average sits as the top mark in the entire NCAA and would stand as a new UMKC record, surpassing his scoring mark from last season by nearly three strokes.
The Paris, France, native has already earned two WAC Golfer of the Month honors this season, while carding two of the five lowest rounds in school history, including setting a new school record with a 63 at the Price’s “Give ‘Em 5” Invitational, and three of the 10 best tournament scores in school history, including breaking his own school record with a 197 at the Price’s “Give ‘Em 5” Invitational.
In the Mark Simpson, Rozner started off the event with his low round, a 68 that included a pair of birdies on both the front and back nine. In round two, the Paris, France native matched his birdie total from round one, including carding his second straight birdies on the course’s two par-5’s of 2 and 12. In the final round, he started off slow, firing three bogeys and no birdies over the first 10 holes before turning his round around by birdying five of the next six holes to reclaim the lead. Rozner followed by parring the final two holes to claim the title by a shot over Wyoming’s Kamrin Allen.
At the Price’s ‘Give ‘Em 5” Invitational, Rozner opened the event hot in round one, birdieing the first two holes, a par-4 and a par-5. He added two more birdies on the front nine, before starting the back nine with a birdie on the par-3 10th. After a pair of pars, Rozner tallied his sixth opening round birdie on 13 and followed with an eagle on the par-5 14th. Two bogeys and a birdie followed on the next three holes, but Rozner closed out the round with a bang by eagling the par-5 18th for a UMKC record 63. In the round, Rozner played the four par-5’s at six-under.
Rozner continued his steady play in round two, carding just one bogey, while adding six birdies for a 67. In the final round, Rozner carded his second straight 67, this time playing the course bogey-free with five birdies, including three straight on 13-15, giving the ‘Roo the wire-to-wire win by five shots at -18. In the tournament, Rozner played hole 18 at -4, carding the eagle and two birdies.
"The way I played this week was extremely solid," Rozner said. "I knew when to play conservative and when to be aggressive. I didn't make any big mistakes. I only had 3 bogeys this week. I also converted a lot of birdie putts that made the difference at the end. Winning back to back at UTEP is a big accomplishment for me and I'm very happy with the way I've played this fall so far."
"Obviously Antoine played some fantastic golf this week, but what I was most impressed with was his approach," Head Coach J.W. VanDenBorn. "He had a solid game plan, knew where he could miss and where couldn't and simply executed brilliantly. It has been so much fun watching the maturation of his game. I think he has truly started to realize how good a player he can be. He has put in the work and it is great to be seeing it pay off for him. I look forward to seeing where the rest of the season can take him."
With the win, Rozner moves into second on the UMKC wins list with four, trailing only the seven tournament victories by Robert Russell. He now owns two of the top-five rounds in school history and three of the top-five tournament scores, including the top-two. This season, over nine rounds, Rozner has only finished a round above 72 one time, carding a 73 at the Gene Miranda Falcon Invitational.
In the ‘Roos lone competition he missed, Rozner led Team France to a runner-up finish to Team America in the prestigious Spirit International Amateur Golf Championship, a world class amateur golf event featuring 20 countries from six continents. Each Country is represented by their two best men and two best women players.
At the Warrior Princeville Makai Invitational, Rozner again led the Kangaroos, recording his fourth top-five finish in as many events with a -9, 207 that ranks as the eighth best score in UMKC history. Rozner opened the event with a 70 in round one, carding eight birdies on day one, including four straight from Nos. 4-7. He followed with his best score of the tournament in round two, a 65 that is tied for the fifth best round in school history and featured six birdies and an eagle on the par-4 14th. In the final round, Rozner closed out the tournament with a 72 with three straight birdies on Nos., 14-17, placing him in a tie for fourth ahead of 11 ranked golfers, including No. 8 and No. 4.
On the season, Rozner has climbed various rankings charts and now holds several high positions including: NCAA average score: 1st, WAGR (France): 2nd, Palmer Cup (Team Europe): 2nd, GolfStat Cup: 5th, WAGR (Europe): 10th, GolfStat: 11th, World Amateur Golf Ranking: 27th, Golfweek: 31st.