Kayla Katterhenry Wins MVC Championship
Championship Is First In UE Women’s Golf Program History
Senior Kayla Katterhenry made program history as she became the first women’s golfer in University of Evansville history to win a conference championship as she was the medalist at the 2017 Missouri Valley Conference Championship.
Katterhenry finished the final round with a 74 to win the championship by four strokes at Dalhousie Country Club. She was also named the MVC Golfer of the Year and her win, the 11th of her career, set the all-time conference mark. Katterhenry is the first-even champion for the women’s golf program and the first UE golfer since 1986 to win the conference championship as Tom Nelson did so on the men’s side in the MCC.
“It was a great day for our program,” Aces head coach Jim Hamilton said. “Kayla broke the MVC mark for the most tournament wins and was named the Player of the Year on top of winning the tournament. It is a great way for her to end her career.”
Her total for the tournament finished out at 218, just two over par over the course of three rounds. She registered even rounds of 72 in each of the opening two days. The performance comes one year after finishing the event as the runner-up, just one stroke off of the win.
“I cannot imagine a better way to finish up my career. It was great to have all of the girls out there watching me over the last few holes and cheering me on,” Katterhenry said. “I had a little extra determination to come out on top this year after losing by one last year. It pushed me a lot harder to focus. I knew I was good enough and it was just my turn.”
Second on the team was Maria Pickens, who tied for 37th place. She carded an 82 on Tuesday to finish with a total of 247 over 54 holes. Giulia Mallmann was third for the Aces. She had her lowest round of the tournament in the final round, posting an 80, to complete play with a 251.
Evansville’s second senior – Maggie Camp – played her final collegiate round on Tuesday, notching an 81. Her total of 253 was good for a 44thplace finish. Madison Chaney wrapped up the third round with an 89, carding a total of 264 in the event.
UE came home in 9th place on the team list with a 969. They finished 19 shots ahead of 10th. Missouri State was the top team finisher with a score of 913, besting Wichita State by 20 strokes.