Coors takes Saint Leo Invitational crown; Lions finish second
Oct 20, 2015
DADE CITY, Fla. – Saint Leo University junior Marie Coors won a one-hole playoff over Montevallo's Elaine Wood to take medalist honors at the 2015 Saint Leo University Women's Golf Invitational, Tuesday afternoon at the Lake Jovita Golf & Country Club.
Coors is the first Saint Leo women's golfer to win the Lions' home tournament.
Coors birdied the par four 18th hole after her second shot landed four feet away from the pin, while Wood's second shot found a bunker on the left side of the fairway. Wood was forced to play her third shot back into the fairway, before going for the pin.
As a team, Saint Leo finished second in its own tournament with a 598 (+22), just two strokes behind team champion Barry University with a 596 (+20).
THE LOW DOWN
On a second straight blustery day at the par 72, 6117 yard Lake Jovita Golf & Country Club South Course, Coors carded birdies on #8 and #14 for a three-over 75. She was even par on the back nine, with four bogeys over the first nine holes. Coors carded a 71 in Monday's first round, and finished the tournament with a two-over 146.
Sophomore Vilde Eriksen finished in third place with a three-over 147, after firing a five-over 77 on Tuesday. Eriksen also shot even par on the back nine of the South Course on Tuesday, birdying #10 and #14 after carding a 41 (+5) on the front nine.
Sophomore Amanda Jakobsson fired an even par 72 on Tuesday to finish with a six-over 150 for the tournament tied for fifth, recovering nicely from the 78 she posted in Monday's first round. After three bogeys over the first seven holes Jakobsson carded a birdie on #8, and posted two more on #10 and #16.
Junior Minta Yin finished with a five-over 77 on Tuesday, and finished tied for 19th with an 11-over 155. Freshman Mao Young was tied for 26th overall with a 13-over 157 for the tournament, after firing a six-over 78 on Tuesday.
Saint Leo's four individuals all turned in strong performances in Tuesday's second round. Senior Kellianne May came back with a five-over 77 on Tuesday, and finished the tournament tied for 49th with a 161 (+17). Freshman Alex Velez (163, +19) and sophomore Margine Arguello (165, +21) both improved on Tuesday over their Monday scores; each fired a nine-over 81 in the second round. Freshman Emma Duncan finished with a two-day tally of 180, after shooting 91 on Tuesday.
THE REST OF THE FIELD
Barry University won the team championship with all four scorers among the top five. Maria Paola Fiorio was fourth with a four-over 148, while Tilda Larsson, Nicole Ferre, and Marina Bertuccioli were all tied for eighth with a seven-over 151.
Trailing Saint Leo in the team standings were West Florida (611, +35), Lynn (613, +37), and Montevallo (621, +45).
WHAT THE COACH SAID
Head Coach Tommy Baker: "I'm incredibly proud of this team. To play as well as we did for 36 holes in some of the toughest conditions we will see all year speaks volumes about their hard work and preparation leading up to this event. I'm very happy for Marie (Coors) to breakthrough with a win – she was so close at Lander, and for her to bounce back will be huge for her confidence. As a team, we feel extremely confident heading into next week's event against a great field at Flagler."
The Lions have a quick turnaround before heading up to St. Augustine, Fla., for the Flagler Fall Slam on Monday, Oct. 26, and Tuesday, Oct. 27. The event will be held on the Slammer & Squire Course at the World Golf Village Resort.
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