Coors earns SSC Athlete & Scholar-Athlete of the Year awards

Coors earns SSC Athlete & Scholar-Athlete of the Year awards

SAINT LEO, Fla. – Saint Leo women's golfer Marie Coors was named the Sunshine State Conference 2016-17 Female Athlete of the Year and Female Scholar-Athlete of the Year, in a release issued Monday by the SSC office.

Coors was selected for the conference's top individual annual awards in voting conducted among the athletics directors, senior woman administrators, athletics communications directors, and faculty athletics representatives from the nine full-member institutions of the Sunshine State Conference.

Coors is the first Saint Leo female student-athlete to receive either Athlete of the Year or Scholar-Athlete of the Year award in the SSC. She is the only the second Saint Leo student-athlete of either gender to receive either award, joining men's soccer player Jon Aiken (1996-97 SSC Male Athlete of the Year) and men's basketball player Marcus Ruh (2012-13 SSC Male Scholar-Athlete of the Year).

She is only the fourth student-athlete to earn both SSC Female Athlete of the Year and SSC Female Scholar-Athlete of the Year in the same year in the 22-year history of the awards.  

"Marie is the epitome of what a student-athlete should be, and there is no one more deserving of these awards," said Tommy Baker, Saint Leo's head women's golf coach. "She has set an amazing example of the level of commitment needed to achieve all of your goals. I am incredibly proud of her efforts and successes on and away from the golf course."

Coors, the Women's Golf Coaches Association Division II Golfer of the Year and a First Team All-American, captured the individual championship at the 2017 NCAA Division II Women's Golf Championship in May, after carding a seven-over 295 over 72 holes. She finished the season with a 72.16 stroke average over 32 rounds and had the lowest stroke average of any Division II women's golfer. Coors was named the 2017 SSC Women's Golfer of the Year, the second straight year she has received the honor, and was a First Team All-SSC selection.

Coors won three tournaments during the 2016-17 campaign with 10 top five finishes. She finished among the top 10 in all 12 events in which she competed during the season.

Academically, the economics major and native of Gross-Zimmern, Germany, was the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) 2017 Division II Women's At-Large Academic All-America of the Year, as well as a First Team Academic All-America. She won the NCAA Elite 90 Award for the 2017 NCAA Division II Women's Golf Championship, for having the highest grade point average of any competitor in the national championship.

Coors was the recipient of Saint Leo's Clara McDonald Olson Scholastic Excellence Award, presented to the member of the graduating class with the highest GPA attained over four years at Saint Leo University.

Coors was active in Saint Leo's Accounting Club and the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee and volunteered in support of Saint Leo's Make-A-Wish fundraising efforts. Off-campus, she volunteered at Northbridge Church in Wesley Chapel, Fla., and Grace Lutheran Church in Tampa during her four years at Saint Leo.

In addition to her Sunshine State Conference and CoSIDA awards, Coors was named the Division II Honda Athlete of the Year nominee for women's golf, making her one of 11 finalists for the Division II Honda Athlete of the Year award, which will be presented on June 26, 2017, in Los Angeles, Calif.

Over the course of her four-year career at Saint Leo, Coors has amassed an unprecedented array of athletic and academic accolades.

Among Coors' achievements and honors over her Saint Leo career: she is a two-time medalist at the SSC Women's Golf Championship (2014 & 2016), a two-time SSC Women's Golfer of the Year, a three-time WGCA All-American, and a three-time CoSIDA Academic All-American. Coors has advanced to the NCAA national championship on three occasions – twice as an individual in 2014 and 2017, and once as part of Saint Leo's 2016 team that finished tied for fourth place at the championship. She also took medalist honors at the 2014 NCAA South Super Regional as a freshman.

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