SAINT LEO, Fla. – Saint Leo women's golf heads into the 2017 Sunshine State Conference Championship looking to make a little history.
Coming off a program best third-place finish at last season's SSC Championship, Saint Leo will be trying to muscle its way past perennial powers Barry, Nova Southeastern, and defending champion Rollins College in the 2017 championship. Barry is ranked No. 1 in the nation in the Golfstat Relative Rankings, while Rollins checks in at No. 3, with Nova Southeastern at No. 5 and Saint Leo at No. 6.
The Lions will come into the tournament with a little momentum, after arguably the most successful spring in program history. Saint Leo finished first and second in each of its last four tournaments, including a team title at the Division I-laden Stetson University Babs Steffens Invitational. Saint Leo also claimed medalist honors in three tournaments; senior Marie Coors tied for first at the Florida Southern Lady Moc Classic and claimed outright first at the Florida Tech Lady Panther Invitational, while junior Amanda Jakobsson carded a first-place finish at the Babs Steffens Invite.
Coors will be going after her third SSC individual crown, after previously winning the title in 2014 and 2016, and veterans Jakobsson and junior Vilde Eriksen anchor the Lions' lineup. Junior Marine Arguello and freshman Izzy Lawrence round out Saint Leo's starting five, as the Lions pursue the program's first SSC Championship.
2017 SSC Women's Golf Championship Information
Location: Country Club of Winter Haven (par 72, 6,074 yards)
4200 Country Club Road South, Winter Haven, Fla.
Dates: April 23-25 Live Scoring Championship Website
The 2016-17 Season
Saint Leo has won three of its nine tournaments this season, and finished lower than third only once – and that was a fifth-place finish in the Lions' season opener at the UIndy Fall Invitational. The Lions have finished first or second in each of their last four tournaments; the squad is led by senior Marie Coors, who leads all of Division II with her 71.55 stroke average.
At the SSC Championships
Senior Marie Coors is a two-time SSC individual champion, after taking medalist honors in 2014 (+2, 218) and 2016 (+7, 223).
Junior Vilde Eriksen finished second in last season's SSC event, carding a +13 (229). She also fired a +13 (229) in 2015 as a freshman, and was tied for 18th on the individual leaderboard.
Junior Amanda Jakobsson was tied for 17th in 2016 with a +24 (240), but she was Saint Leo's top performer in 2015 as a freshman with a +8 (224) on her way to a fifth-place tie.
Junior Marine Arguello and freshman Izzy Lawrence will be making their SSC Championship debut in this year's event.
Saint Leo finished third at the 2016 SSC Championship, 10 strokes behind eventual champion Rollins College. That was the first time in program history that the Lions have finished higher than fifth in the SSC Women's Golf Championships
Saint Leo History at SSC Championship
* 2016 – 3rd of 9 teams (314-314-317 – 945) – Crandon Golf at Key Biscayne
* 2015 – 6th of 9 teams (307-302-308 – 917 – Red Tail Golf Club
* 2014 – 5th of 9 teams (297-305-313 – 915) – Lake Jovita Golf & Country Club
2013 – 7th of 9 teams (316-347-325 – 988) – Lake Jovita Golf & Country Club
2012 – 5th of 9 teams (344-319-321 – 984) – The Concession Golf Course
2011 – 5th of 8 teams (316-314-332 – 962) – Boca Country Club
2010 – 5th of 8 teams (318-313-301 – 932) – Grande Oakes Golf Club
2009 – 6th of 8 teams (332-327-332 – 991) – Lake Region Yacht & Country Club
2008 – 7th of 8 teams (341-332-364 – 1037) – Duran Golf Club
2007 – 7th of 8 teams (362-356-367 – 1085) – Duran Golf Club
2006 – 7th of 7 teams (358-356-370 – 1084) – Lake Jovita Golf & Country Club
2005 – 7th of 7 teams (520-501-503 – 1524) – Lake Jovita Golf & Country Club
2004 – 6th of 6 teams (396-383-391 – 1170) – Doral Golf Resort
2003 – 5th of 5 teams (367-362-384 – 1113) – Rio Pinar Country Club
* - Under current head coach Tommy Baker
2016 SSC Championship – Saint Leo 3rd, 945 (314-314-317)
Saint Leo women's golf finished in third place – its best finish in program history – with a 945 (+81) at the par 72, 5907-yard Crandon Golf at Key Biscayne. Junior Marie Coors fired a one-under 71, her lowest round of the tournament, in the third round and finished at 223 (+7) for the tournament.
Coors had a six-stroke lead over second-place finisher and teammate sophomore Vilde Eriksen, who carded a three-over 229 in the third round.
Sophomore Amanda Jakobsson shot an 11-over 83 in the third round to finish tied for 17th at 240 (+24), while junior Sabrina Rumbaugh was tied for 33rd with a 253 (+37). Freshman Mao Young shot a 262 (+46) over the three rounds, and was 38th overall.
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