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Diaz Takes The Crown At Kansas City Shootout
UMKC Athletics 4-5-2016
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Quick Facts:
o   Location: Kansas City, Mo.

o   Course: Shoal Creek Golf Course
o   Tournament: Kansas City Shootout
o   Teams Finish: 6th out of 14 teams
o   Individual Leader: Cynthia Diaz (1st out of 84 individuals)
o   Next UMKC Event: Apr. 22-24, WAC Championship – Blaine, Wash. (Semiahmoo Resort)

(Kansas City, Mo.) – Cynthia Diaz claimed the first tournament title in UMKC women’s golf history when she carded a 220, tied for the third lowest score in UMKC history, to win the Kansas City Shootout at +4 on the Shoal Creek Golf Course.

“This was really important to me,” Diaz said.  “I’ve been putting together good rounds for a while and playing well and this week it all came together for with the win.”

Diaz opened the event with a first round 77, but notched a trio of birdies over the opening 18 holes.  In round two, the Colombian climbed from 17th into a tie for seventh after a 73 that included back-to-back birdies on the par-4 6th and par-5 7th.  Diaz continued to climb the leaderboard in the final round with five birdies on her final 18 holes, including her second straight on the par-5 18th and back-to-back on the par-4 2nd and par-3 3rd to take the title.

“It was a tough couple of days out on the course for the “Roos,” Head Coach Brianna Broderick said.  “The highlight of the event, though, was having Cynthia win the individual title and having her teammates there to support her. Her enthusiasm is infectious and I hope this win motivates our entire team to reach for new heights as we plan and prepare for our next event.”

Chandler Gallagher finished with the ‘Roos next best score at +21 in a tie for 32nd with a pair of birdies in each of the final two rounds, including two straight on the par-3 17th, while Abbey Campbell finished two shots back in a tie for 37th after four birdies in the 54-hole event.

Mackenzie Black and Maria Henao rounded out the UMKC lineup with Black carding three birdies leading to 246 and a tie for 61st and Henao finishing 66th after two birdies in the final round.

Playing as an individual, Madison Wolff opened the event with a 74, tying for her lowest round as a ‘Roo, including five birdies with back-to-back on the par-4 12th and par-5 13th, and wrapped-up the event in a tie for 40th.

“We didn’t play 100% in this tournament and I know we can play better,” Diaz added.  “We know that we can do well at conference and the rest of the team and I are going to give it our best and give us a chance to win.”

Little Rock claimed the team title by two shots over Wichita State, while the Trojans’ Stina Resen was the individual runner-up at +5.

“Home tournament week is always a fun event to plan for. We are given the opportunity to showcase our city and host an event where family and friends can come out and support our team and all the student-athletes,” Broderick said.  “Now, with the conference championship up next, we will go back to work and get prepared for a good showing in Washington.”

Team Top-10:

Pos.

School

Total

To Par

1

Little Rock

918

+54

2

Wichita State

920

+56

3

Missouri State

931

+67

4

South Dakota State

935

+71

5

Northern Illinois

936

+72

6

UMKC

937

+73

7

Oral Roberts

942

+78

8

Arkansas State

949

+85

9

North Dakota State

959

+95

10

Creighton

962

+98

Individual Top-10:

Pos.

Player

School

To Par

Total

1

Cynthia Diaz

UMKC

+4

220

2

Stina Resen

Little Rock

+5

221

3

Brenna Lervick

South Dakota

+7

223

4

Anna Wilcoxson

Western Michigan

+8

224

5

Taryn Torgerson

Wichita State

+9

225

6

Natalie Roth

North Dakota State

+10

226

 

Lena Gautier

Northern Illinois

+10

226

 

Shania Berger

Little Rock

+10

226

9

Megan Furnish

Missouri State

+11

227

 

Stine Pettersen

Missouri State

+11

227

UMKC Scores:

Pos.

Player

To Par

Rnd. 1

Rnd. 2

Rnd. 3

Total

1

Cynthia Diaz

+4

77

73

70

220

t32

Chandler Gallagher

+21

82

78

77

237

t37

Abbey Campbell

+23

76

80

83

239

t61

Mackenzie Black

+30

87

81

78

246

66

Maria Henao

+33

82

81

86

249

t40

Madison Wolff

+24

74

83

83

240

Notes: Diaz wins the first title in UMKC history… Diaz’s 220 is tied for the third best tournament score in school history and one shot off the school record.

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