Petrova to play in East Lansing NCAA Regional


 Three rounds set for May 6-8

 EVANSVILLE, Ind. – On the heels of her second Missouri Valley Conference individual championship in as many tries, University of Evansville golfer Kate Petrova is set to take part in the NCAA Regionals.

Petrova was selected to represent the MVC as an individual at the East Lansing Regional with play to take place from May 6-8.  Michigan State University is the host institution for the regional.  She joins individuals from Illinois, Notre Dame, Louisville and Western Kentucky in the 3-round tournament.

Teams set to participate in the East Lansing Regional include USC, Northwestern, Florida, Pepperdine, Michigan State, Kentucky, Denver, Oklahoma State, Indiana, Augusta, Illinois State and Oakland.  This marks just the second time UE has been represented at an NCAA Regional.  In 2021, the Purple Aces won the team championship and took part in the Columbus Regional.

For the second year in a row, the 2024 MVC Championship came down to a playoff with Petrova earning the victory.  Trailing by four strokes entering the final round, Petrova carded a 3-under 69 to force a playoff with Ali Schrock of Illinois State.  Petrova birdied the third playoff hole to seal the victory.  Her win marked the fourth time in the last eight seasons that the University of Evansville has had the individual league champion.

Petrova is Evansville’s first 2-time MVC women’s golf champion.  Kayla Katterhenry (2017) and Sophia Rohleder (2021) are Evansville’s other champions.  Along with being Medalist, Petrova was named to the All-Conference and All-Tournament Teams.  She is the 7th golfer to earn MVC Medalist two or more times.