Coors claims individual title at NCAA women's golf championship

Coors claims individual title at NCAA women's golf championship

FINDLAY, Ohio – Saint Leo senior Marie Coors capped her storied collegiate career by capturing the individual national championship in Saturday's fourth and final round of the 2017 NCAA Division II Women's Golf Championship.

The individual title is the first NCAA national championship, team or individual, for Saint Leo in women's athletics and the third national championship in university history.

"My happiness is beyond words for Marie. No one deserves to be a national champion more than her," said Tommy Baker, Saint Leo's head women's golf coach. "For all her hard work and setbacks over her four years, this is the perfect ending to her college career… and I can't wait to see what she does next!"

Coors fired a one-under 71 on Saturday at the par 72, 6,206-yard Findlay Country Club – the first sub-par round of the tournament – to  complete the 72-hole  tournament with a seven-over 295.

Coors teed off at 8:40 a.m. with the second group of the day, and completed her round around 1:00 p.m. – meaning all she could do was watch as the rest of the field completed its fourth round.

However Coors' 71 put all the pressure on her nearest competitors, Dallas Baptist's Ann Parmerter and Barry's Charlotte Puts, to keep up and neither was up to the task. Parmerter shot +4 over the final five holes to finish four strokes behind Coors in third place, with a 75 for the round and a 299 (+11) for the tournament. Puts carded a two-under 70 for the round, but still came up two strokes short of Coors' mark with a nine-under 297 to finish second overall.

Coors carded birdies on nos. 5 and 7 on the front nine, both par 4s, with a bogey on the par 3 no. 6 hole and a double-bogey on no. 9 to complete the front at one-over. On the back nine, she birdied three of the first five holes – nos. 10, 13, and 14, all par 4s. Her only blemish on the back nine was a bogey at the par 5 no. 15 hole.

Barry University captured the team national championship by one stroke with a 1222 (+70) for the championship. The Buccaneers beat out Dallas Baptist, who finished with a 1223 (+71), on the final hole following a bogey on no. 18 by DBU's Parmerter in the final group of the day.

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