Missouri State earned its third all-time league women’s title with a wire-to-wire run at the 2017 Missouri Valley Conference Championship, contested at the par-72, 6,214-yard layout at the Dalhousie Golf Club in Cape Girardeau, Mo. The Bears fired a three-round 302-314-297—913 to outdistance pre-championship favorite Wichita State (933) by 20 strokes. The 20-stroke margin was the largest at MVC women’s golf championship since 1996 when Tulsa earned a 47-stroke victory. Missouri State had previously claimed MVC crowns in 2001 and 2012.
Kayla Katterhenry of Evansville set the league record by winning her 11th career tournament, and she became the first UE golfer to earn medalist honors at the MVC Championship after firing a three-round 72-72-74—218. Marissa Uradomo of Indiana State and Verena Gimmy of Missouri State tied for runner-up honors, as each had a 54-hole total of 222. Katterhenry and Uradomo completed their MVC careers having earned first-team all-MVC honors four times each (joining six others who previously accomplished the feat).
MVC All-Conference Taryn Torgerson, Wichita State Marissa Uradomo, Indiana State Brooke Cusumano, Southern Illinois Taylor Ledwein, Bradley Kayla Katterhenry, Evansville Kiley Walsh, Illinois State Carolina Boone, Missouri State Ally Scaccia, Bradley Gavrilla Arya, Wichita State Verena Gimmy, Missouri State
Elite 18 Award Winner: Brooke Cusumano, Southern Illinois Newcomer of the Year: Taylor Ledwein, Bradley Golfer of the Year: Kayla Katterhenry, Evansville Coach of the Year: Kevin Kane, Missouri State
DAY TWO RECAP (Monday, April 17) Missouri State has expanded its lead after 36 holes, and the Bears hold a 13-stroke advantage over second-place and pre-championship favorite Wichita State. MSU fired a team-best 314 today and hold a two-round total of 302-314—616. Wichita State was second low today with a team score of 316, and the Shockers are at 313-316—629 after today’s round. Bradley and UNI are tied for third place with identical two-round scores of 634, while host Southern Illinois is in 5th place with a two-round 637.
Evansville’s Kayla Katterhenry was the only player to hit par today, firing an even-par 72 on the 6,214-yard layout at Dalhousie Golf Club in Cape Girardeau, Mo. She sits atop the leaderboard after 36 holes with a 72-72—144, two strokes ahead of Indiana State’s Marissa Uradomo (72-74—146). Day one leader Verena Gimmy of Missouri State slipped to a 5th place tie with Bradley’s Taylor Ledwein. Both have a two-round 152. MSU’s Caroline Boone (149) and Illinois State’s Kiley Walsh (151) hold down third and fourth place, respectively. Katterhenry shares the league record with 10 career tournament wins (with Bradley’s Danielle Lemek). Katterhenry is looking to become the first Evansville individual to claim medalist honors at the Conference championship – she narrowly missed last year after finishing second by a single stroke to Wichita State’s Taryn Torgerson.
DAY ONE RECAP (Sunday, April 16) Missouri State holds a 6-stroke lead after the first 18 holes of the Missouri Valley Conference women’s golf championship, played at the par-72, 6,214-yard layout at Dalhousie Golf Club in Cape Girardeau, Mo. Bradley (308) and UNI (310) are in second and third place, respectively, while pre-championship favorite Wichita State is right behind in fourth place (313). Teams will play the second round on Monday, April 17, beginning with a shot-gun start at 1 pm CT (weather permitting). The championship is slated for a final 18 holes on Tuesday.
MSU’s Verena Gimmy leads the individual field as she posted the low round of the day with a minus-3 69. Evansville’s Kayla Katterhenry and Indiana State’s Marissa Uradomo are tied for second with an even-par 72 through the first 18 holes. Gimmy’s 69 is tied for the 5th – lowest round in an MVC Championship (the record of 67 was established by SIU’s Alisha Matthews in 2012 and matched last year by Katterhenry at Harborside in Chicago in the second round of the championship.)
Pre-championship favorite Wichita State is aiming to become just the second league team to win four-straight titles, while Missouri State is looking for its first championship since 2012. Second-place Bradley is looking for its first team title since 2006, while UNI – picked to finish 10th – was the surprise of the day with its team score of 310. The Panthers have never won an MVC women’s golf championship.
COURSE INFORMATION Since opening in 2002, the remarkable Dalhousie Golf Club boasts one of the top 200 private golf courses in the United States and top three private golf courses in the state of Missouri. Nestled on a beautiful 1,000-acre tract of land in historic Cape Girardeau, Missouri, Dalhousie is located on the banks of the Mississippi River, just two hours south of St. Louis. Dalhousie exceeds your expectations in every area. More than a golf outing, Dalhousie is an exquisite experience. The club's name and history go back almost as far as the game of golf.
The par-72 Nicklaus designed course sits on land originally settled in 1798 by Scottish immagrant Rebecca Ramsey, sister of the Earl of Dalhousie. The original antebellum mansion emulating the Scotland's famous Dalhousie castle skirts the course. Inspired by the classic Scottish-style manor houses of old, the 20,853 square-foot clubhouse, The Dalhousie Manor, blends Old World charm and elegance with contemporary amenities.