Here is a recap of the 2017 MVC Championship at Dalhousie Country Club in Cape Girardeau, Mo., which concluded Tuesday:
TEAM CHAMPION: Missouri State (49-over 913). This one was pretty much never in doubt. The Bears opened up a six-shot lead after the first round and just kept building the lead from there. Most impressive may have been the final-round 9-over 297 – the round of the day by nine shots – to leave no doubt in a 20-shot victory. This is the Bears’ first Missouri Valley Conference title since 2012 and their third overall. This 20-shot win is the largest margin of victory at this tournament since 1996.
INDIVIDUAL CHAMPION: Kayla Katterhenry, Evansville (2-over, 218). A year after finishing as runner-up at this event, Katterhenry grabs the individual title. This makes her the first Evansville player to capture a conference championship. Katterhenry was named MVC Golfer of the Year after this win. In the end, it was a four-shot title as Katterhenry closed in 2-over 74. This was Katterhenry’s fourth win of the season. She also had four wins in 2015-16. This makes it 11 wins overall in her college career.
QUOTABLE: “They stepped up huge at just the right time. They were tough as nails. To dominate like they did on such a good golf course makes me extremely proud.” – Missouri State Head Coach Kevin Kane
CHIP SHOTS: This win was a surprise considering recent conference championships. Wichita State entered as the three-time defending champion but could only muster a second this time at 69 over. … Marisssa Uradomo, playing for Indiana State, finished T-2 at 6 over. She was joined there by Missouri State’s Verena Gimmy. … Wichita State had four players in the top 20, just like Missouri State. But Wichita State’s highest finisher was solo seventh.