CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. - The Loyola University Chicago women's golf team carded its top 18-hole team score of the past three days as play concluded at the 2017 Missouri Valley Conference Women's Golf Championship this afternoon in Cape Girardeau, Mo.
The Ramblers posted a final-round 312 to bring their three-day tally to 955 (315-328-312) and finish in seventh place on the final team leaderboard. Loyola closed play just eight shots outside of a spot in the top five. Missouri State (302-314-297=913) took home the team title and claimed the league's automatic bid to the NCAA Regionals, while Evansville's Kayla Katterhenry laid claim to individual medalist honors with a two-over-par 218 (72-72-74) at the par-72, 6,214-yard course at the Dalhousie Country Club.
"I'm proud of our team," Loyola head women's golf coach Carly Schneider said. "It was a grind this year at the MVC Championship. The course set up was difficult but the girls worked hard to the finish. Elayna (Bowser) posted consistent scores in the 70s, while Logan (Willis) started us off with a great 75 before Summer (Moser) closed out her career with a 76 today. Bringing both freshmen to the MVC Championship was important not only for their upcoming years but they also proved themselves all season long and at this tournament to be consistent and great players to round out our starting five. We're already planning and looking forward to next year!"
The Maroon & Gold were led at the three-day event by sophomore Elayna Bowser. Bowser, a native of Dearborn, Mich., capped off an impressive second campaign in Rogers Park by firing a final-round 78 to finish tied for 14th, the top spot for a Rambler, with a 236 (79-79-78).
Junior Summer Moser carded the top round of the day for Loyola, firing a four-over-par 76, to move up into a tie for 20th at 239 (84-79-76). Moser was joined in 20th by senior Logan Willis, who fired an 80 in her final round as a Rambler to also finish with a 239 (75-84-80).
The freshman duo of Morgan Brown and Sara Padilla rounded out the Rambler starting five on the individual leaderboard. Brown bounced back from a second-round 89 by matching her score of 78 from the opening round to earn a share of 34th at 245 (78-89-78). Padilla also equaled her first-round total, posting an 83, to wrap up play with a 252 (83-86-83) to tie for 42nd.
Loyola is set to return six letterwinners, including three of its top four leaders in stroke average, when it begins play in the fall.