Coors Set to Compete in the NCAA Division II Golf Championships
May 13, 2014
Coors Becomes Second Player to Attend Nationals in Program History; First Ever Freshman
SAINT LEO, Fla. – Saint Leo University women's golf standout Marie Coors heads to western North Carolina this week to take part in the NCAA Division II Women's Golf National Championships which is slated to run May 14-17 at the 5,928-yard, par-71 Rock Barn Golf & Spa in Conover, N.C.
The freshman earned her place in this year's national event after shooting a three-round total of 218 (76-71-71) at the NCAA South Region Tournament, held at Lake Jovita Golf and Country Club. Coors fired back-to-back rounds of 71 on days two and three to earn co-Medalist honors at the NCAA South Regional, and qualified as the top individual of the tournament.
Coors is the second Saint Leo women's golfer in the past three years to take part at the National Championships, with 2012 graduate Goeun Lee earning the program's first ever trip to play at the national stage in 2012 where she finished 29th overall.
Coors, a native of Gross-Zimmern, Germany, has had an impressive rookie campaign for the Lions, especially of late. She finished in the top six in the past four tournaments that she has played in, including at least a share of first place in her last two outings. During that four tournament stretch, she has shot 77 or higher just four times in 12 rounds, and is averaging 74.6 strokes per round; two strokes less than her average of 76.6 for the spring season.
Further proof of the improvement in her game, Coors began the spring season shooting under 80 just once in seven rounds (74 at the World Golf Invitational, Feb. 10) and averaged 80 strokes per outing in those seven rounds.
The reigning Sunshine State Conference champion, Coors shot an opening round 66 to set the pace in the event held at Lake Jovita, April 13-15. She held on carding a 75 and 77 in the second and third rounds, respectively, to earn Medalist honors by two strokes (218) over Emily Rymer (220) of Florida Southern.
On the year, Coors has helped guide Saint Leo to top five finishes in four of its seven spring tournaments, including second place finishes in the World Golf Invitational (Feb. 9-10) in St. Augustine, Fla. and the Argonaut Invitational (March 31-April 1) in Pensacola, Fla.
Coors is averaging 76.15 strokes per round this season – combining the fall and spring seasons – in 27 rounds of golf. Her low round was posted at the SSC championships on April 13, when she posted an impressive six-under 66. For the 2013-14 season, Coors has finished second twice, fifth once, and in the top 10 seven times in her 27 rounds.
Fans can follow Coors throughout her trip to the national stage by visiting SaintLeoLions.com, as well as by following Saint Leo Athletics on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Youtube.