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Women's Golf Set for the Saluki Invitational

Navy to compete at Southern Illinois on Sunday and Monday.


Gerlach Named Assistant Women's Golf Coach

Former Southern Illinois star to help program get started.


Navy WGolf vs. Towson

Navy Women's Golf vs. Towson (3-30-13)

Kelly Gerlach Hovland recently completed her sixth season as the assistant coach of the Navy women's golf program in 2017-18.

In 2017-18, Navy had a program-best second-place finish at the six-team Patriot League Women’s Golf Championship, which was hosted at the Naval Academy Golf Club. Navy shot a 946 (321-314-308; +79) at the three-round Patriot League Championship. Navy’s Morgan Frazier (second place) and Christine McDonnell (fourth place) became the first Navy women’s golfers to earn All-Patriot League First-Team honors with their top-five finishes.

Navy set a new program record with its team scoring average of 314.4 in 2017-18 and lowered its scoring average from the previous season for the fifth-straight year. The 2017-18 team set program records for lowest individual round (68 - McDonnell), lowest team round (296) and lowest 54-hole tournament score (900). Navy had four second-place team finishes in 2017-18.

McDonnell (76.8) and Frazier (77.2) became the first two Navy women’s golfers to average under an 80.0 for a season.

Navy continued to improve in its fifth season as a varsity program in 2016-17, lowering its team scoring average for the fourth straight season to a 322.2.

Christine Walker broke her own single-season scoring record for the second straight season in 2016-17 with an 80.1 and newcomer Frazier was right behind Walker with an 80.3 average. Frazier became just the second Mid to earn medalist honors at a tournament, winning the 10-team, 59-player Seahawk Spring Invitational with a 150 (73-77; +6).

Navy's top team finishes were a second-place showing at the Sacred Heart Invitational and a third-place showing at the Seahawk Spring Invitational. The Mids set new program records for lowest single team round (297) and lowest 36-hole tournament score (622).

In 2015-16, Navy lowered its team scoring average for a third straight season to a 325.8. The Mids established a new low team score for a par-72, 54-hole tournament with a 958 and also shot a new low team round score of 310 (+30).

Two-time team captain Renata Bucher was named to the Patriot League All-Academic Team for the third straight year and Walker set a new Navy record by leading the team with an 80.4 scoring average.

In 2014-15, Hovland helped Navy lower its team average by 30 strokes from the previous year and Navy placed third at the Patriot League Women's Golf Championship.

With the arrival of Navy's first fully recruited class, Hovland helped coach four Navy freshmen to top-15 finishes at the Patriot League Championship. Additionally, Navy lowered its program-best scores for both a single round (315) and for a 54-hole tournament (961) in 2014-15.

Walker became the second Midshipmen to earn All-Patriot League Second-Team honors after placing 10th at the league championship.

In 2013-14, Hovland helped Navy lowered its team average the previous season by seven strokes and sophomore Bucher became the first Navy women's golfer to earn All-Patriot League honors. Navy also shaved 26 strokes off its total score at the 2014 Patriot League Championship from the previous season's league meet.

Bucher tied for seventh place at the Patriot League Championship to earn All-Patriot League Second Team honors. Bucher also became the first Navy women's golfer to be the medalist of a tournament when she won the Navy Spring Classic. Bucher had four top-10 finishes in her final five events of the season and led the team with a stroke average of 81.5.

During the introductory 2012-13 season, Hovland helped the Midshipmen to a third-place finish at the inaugural Patriot League Championships, despite having the services of no recruited athletes. Bucher, a freshman, led the team in stroke average and was named to the WGCA Scholar All-America Team.

Hovland, a Sparta, Ill., native, is a 2007 graduate of Southern Illinois University where she earned a bachelor's degree in political science and a master's degree in public administration. While at SIU, she served as a two-time captain of the women's golf team, leading the Salukis to the 2007 Missouri Valley Conference title and a berth in the NCAA Championships.

As a freshman in 2004, Hovland won the Missouri Valley Conference individual title and earned All-MVC honors all four seasons of competition. She was a two-time Academic All-American (2007 and 2008) and was a three-time member of the Missouri Valley Conference All-Scholar Team. She was also named to the Missouri Valley Conference All-Centennial Team, which honored the top 20 golfers in conference history.

Following her career at SIU, Hovland began a career in public policy that included positions in both state and federal government as well as the private sector, which precipitated her move to Washington, D.C.

Hovland is Class A LPGA Professional.

Along with duties as assistant coach for the women's program, Hovland also serves as an assistant professional at the United States Naval Academy Golf Club.

The former Kelly Gerlach is married to Ben Hovland. They are the parents of a daughter, Harper, and a son, Henry. The family resides in Washington, D.C.


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