True freshman Kayla Katterhenry won her first collegiate tournament as the Purple Aces women's golf improved to finish in fourth place at the Saluki Invitational at Hickory Ridge Golf Course on Monday.
Katterhenry became just the third female in University of Evansville history to medal in a tournament. It is also the fourth tournament medal in program history on the women's side. UE Hall of Famer Andrea Werner won two tournaments while Maggie Wood was the last tournament winner as the Ann Rhoads/BSC in 2010.
After carding the No. 2 round in UE women's golf history on Sunday (69), Katterhenry posted a 78 on Monday to win the event by one stroke. Her score of 147 bested Ana Fernandez de Mes of IUPUI, who carded a 148 for the event. Much harder conditions on Monday saw scores drop; Katterhenry's effort tied for the second-best round of the day.
As a team, the Aces tied for the second-lowest round of the day, posting a 318 while improving two spots to finish in fourth place. Fellow Missouri Valley Conference schools Southern Illinois and Indiana State finished 1-2.
Sophomore Paige Crafton improved by five strokes in the second round. Following a day-one score of 84, Crafton carded a 79 on Monday to tie for 23rd place with a 163. Cathy Doyle tied for 26th with a 164. She matched Crafton's second round total of 79. It was six shots better than her opening round.
Freshman Maggie Camp tied for 39th, besting her opening day total by five shots. She registered an 82 to finish with a 169. Dana Hayden also dropped her score on Monday. She finished the day with an 89 en route to a 179 in two rounds of play.
Individual play saw Rachel Marchi posted a 2-round score of 181 while Kelly Lamarche finished with a 187.
Host SIU ran away from the competition on Monday. The Salukis led by juts two strokes after Sunday's action, but shot the low round of the event, a 308, to finish with a 617. That effort was 14 shots better than second-place Indiana State. Chicago State took third place with a 638 while Evansville's rally gave them fourth place with a 643.
Evansville golf has come on strong in the spring on both the male and female sides. Aside from Katterhenry's victory, the women took second place at the Bobby Nicholls Intercollegiate in March. The men opened up their season with the team win at the Don Benbow Invitational in Jacksonville, Fla.
With their first tune-up versus MVC competition in the books, the ladies will be right back at it next week at the Bradley Invitational. The rare Saturday-Sunday event will feature 54 holes as the men and women will each play. WeaverRidge Golf Club in Peoria, Ill. will play host to the event.
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