Sat atop the leaderboard for the majority of the day; Is one stroke behind the leader
SAINT LEO, Fla. – Marie Coors began Thursday in a tie for third place at the NCAA Division II Championships and quickly found herself at the very top the leader board for much of the afternoon. The freshman from Gross-Zimmern, Germany would not end the day in the top spot, however is in good position, at the midway point of the championships, sitting in a tie for second place with a two-day total of 145 (72-73) entering round three on Friday.
Coors is joined in second by Louise Manalo of Lynn University (72-73), and is just one shot behind the leader, Maria Paola Fiorio of Barry University (73-71-144).
After a one hour weather and lightning delay, Coors came out and took on the front nine at the Rock Barn Golf & Spa course in Conover, N.C. with the same ferocity that she had when she finished her round yesterday shooting three under par. After shooting a one-under par 34 on the back nine on Wednesday, Coors continued her dominance shooting three-under on the front nine today. She would record four birdies in her first nine holes, en route to a 32 at the turn.
The back nine, however didn't prove to be as friendly. Coors started off with a bogey on the par five 10th hole and on the par three 13th hole. She would play par golf for the next four holes to remain at one-under. A triple-bogey, however, on the 18th hole brought her back to the pack at two-over par at the end of the round.
With that all said, Coors still remains one spot better than when she teed off Thursday morning.
"Once again, Marie played some really great golf today," said Tommy Baker, head women's golf coach at Saint Leo. "She had a really unfortunate break on the last hole that cost her a few shots, but she is remaining patient and has a positive outlook on the next two days."
Coors is the second Saint Leo golfer in the past three years to take part in the event as an individual. Goeun Lee finished 29th in the 2012 National Championships.
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