Kansas City, MO. – The UMKC women’s golf team will look to wrap up the regular season early next week, April 8-9, by hosting the Seventh Annual Kansas City Intercollegiate at the Creekmoor Golf Course in Raymore, Mo. The Roos are looking to bounce back from a 12th place finish in the Hawkeye El Tigre Invitational in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico just two weeks ago.
Participating Teams in the Event
University of Missouri-Kansas City, Missouri State, Wichita State, University of South Dakota, Oral Roberts University, University of Nebraska-Omaha, Creighton University, University of North Dakota, Drake University, and University of Texas Rio Grande Valley.
Live stats for the Kansas City Intercollegiate will be available throughout the entire two-day event here.
About the Roos
The Roos have struggled at times during the 2018-2019 season, but the Blue and Gold will have the opportunity to return home for the first time this season as they host the Kansas City Intercollegiate early next week. The return home will be a welcome sight for the Roos, having finished no worse than sixth-place as a team in the annual UMKC regular season closing tournament dating back to the 2012-2013 season.
When speaking to the importance of playing close to home UMKC head coach Brianna Broderick stated, “We are excited about our upcoming home event. It gives us the opportunity to showcase Kansas City and the Golf Club of Creekmoor. Hosting at home also allows our family, friends, and supporters of the program the chance to watch us play.”
With a starting squad full of new faces, senior Cynthia Diaz Rueda and sophomore Victoria Pavlik are the only returning members who participated in last season’s Kansas City Intercollegiate when the Roos placed sixth. Diaz Rueda led the way for the Roos with a Top-10 finish (153 strokes) at the 2018 Intercollegiate, and Pavlik wasn’t far behind, finishing 21st (156 strokes).
In 2019, UMKC will turn to a fresh crop of new faces to fill out the starting five as they look to build momentum heading into the WAC Championships later this month. Freshman Theresa de Bochdanovits has flourished in her first season of collegiate golf, leading the Roos in scoring average at 75.83 strokes per round. En route to her first collegiate Top-5 finish in October, de Bochdanovits also shot the fifth-lowest round of the 2018-2019 season in the WAC at the FIU Pat Bradley Invitational with a score of 69 (-3). Her 54-hole score of 213 at the FIU Pat Bradley Invitational is the lowest recorded 54-hole score in UMKC history.
Sophomore transfer Caroline Klemp has also impressed in her first season at UMKC, averaging 78.35 strokes per round while competing in 23 rounds on the year. Klemp has recorded two Top-20 performances, most recently at the South Dakota State Jackrabbit Invitational where she shot 237 through 54 holes and tied for 14th.
Jaime Bellingham, another sophomore transfer, is one of four Roos to have played in a team-high 23 rounds during the 2018-2019 season. The 2017 NJCAA All-American selection at Des Moines Community College made the move to Kansas City and is averaging 79.17 strokes this season. Bellingham has been a consistent member of the starting five since the Johnie Imes Invitational in October.
Rounding out the potential starters, fellow freshman Megan Lucas is gaining valuable experience this season as well, averaging 81.35 through 20 rounds. After not playing in last week’s Hawkeye El Tigre Invitational, Lucas could be selected to play in her sixth event of the year at the Kansas City Intercollegiate.
While the Blue and Golf have experienced various levels of individual success throughout the 2018-2019 campaign, UMKC must put together a total team effort to secure a Top-6 finish in the regular season closing tournament for the seventh year in a row.
Following next week’s Kansas City Intercollegiate, the Roos will have a nine-day break before heading to Lakewood, Wash., for the 2019 WAC Championships. Diaz Rueda, who placed fifth at the WAC Championships a year ago with a 54-hole score of 218 (+5), will look to lead the Roos in her fourth and final year at UMKC.