Coors advances to NCAA women's golf national championship

Senior Marie Coors was co-champion of the 2017 Lady Moc Classic after shooting a three-under 69 in Tuesday's third and final round, and carding a two-under 214 for the 54-hole tournament.
Senior Marie Coors was co-champion of the 2017 Lady Moc Classic after shooting a three-under 69 in Tuesday's third and final round, and carding a two-under 214 for the 54-hole tournament.

ELGIN, S.C. – Saint Leo senior Marie Coors will advance to the 2017 NCAA Division II Women's Golf Championship after finishing third overall at the South Super Regional, which concluded Wednesday at the Members Club of Woodcreek.

Coors shot a three-over 75 in Wednesday third and final round at the par 72, 6114-yard Woodcreek course, and finished the tournament with a seven-over 223 over 54 holes. She will advance to the national championship in Findlay, Ohio, as one of the top three finishers from a non-advancing team.

Coors will be competing at the NCAA Division II Women's Golf National Championship for the third time in her career, after qualifying as an individual during her 2014 freshman season and then advancing with Saint Leo's 2016 team that finished tied for fourth overall.

Saint Leo finished fifth overall with a 930 (+66) after carding a 314 (+26) on Wednesday. The Lions were two strokes behind Nova Southeastern and Lee University, who were tied for third through 54 holes and went to a playoff which was won by the Lee.

Barry University won the South Super Regional with a 918 (+18), while Rollins College was second at 923 (+59). Both teams will join Lee in the national championship on May 17-20 in Findlay.

Joining Coors as individual qualifiers will be medalist Kiira Riihijarvi from the University of Tampa, who finished the tournament with a four-over 220; and Florida Tech's Brittany LaPadula, who carded a six-over 222 over the 54-hole tournament.

Coors made par on 14 of the 18 holes, with a birdie at the par 5 no. 5 hole. She bogeyed no. 2 and no. 11, both par 4s, and took a double-bogey at the par 5 no. 17 hole.

Both Riihijarvi (70) and LaPadula (71) shot the only sub-par rounds of the day to overtake Coors, who began the day atop the individual leaderboard with a one-stroke lead.

Junior Amanda Jakobsson carded a four-over 76 in the final round, and finished tied for 10th overall with a 228 (+12). She recorded her only birdie of the round at the par 5 no. 4, and made par on 12 holes and bogeyed the remaining five holes.

Freshman Izzy Lawrence ended the day tied for 30th with a 236 (+20), after shooting an eight-over 80 on Wednesday. Junior Vilde Eriksen fired an 11-over 83 in the third round on her way to a 243 (+27) for the tournament, while junior Margine Arguello also posted an 83 on Wednesday and finished with a 246 (+30) for the tournament. She was tied for 57th overall.

This year's national championship will be played at the par 72, 6219-yard Findlay Country Club. The practice round will be on Tuesday, May 16, with the four-day, 72-hole championship beginning on Wednesday, May 17.

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