Coors claims SSC title, Eriksen second at SSC championship

Coors claims SSC title, Eriksen second at SSC championship

KEY BISCAYNE, Fla. – Saint Leo junior Marie Coors shot her lowest round of the tournament – a one-under 71 – and claimed medalist honors at the 2016 Sunshine State Conference Women's Golf Championship, which concluded Tuesday.

Sophomore Vilde Eriksen finished alone in second place, her highest tournament finish this season.

Together, Coors and Eriksen led Saint Leo to a third-place finish in the SSC Championship, which was held at the par 72, 5907-yard Crandon Golf at Key Biscayne. The Lions shot a 945 (+81) for the tournament, to finish 10 strokes out of first place.

The SSC individual title is the second of Coors' career; she previously won SSC medalist honors as a freshman at the 2014 SSC tournament, which was held on Saint Leo's home course at Lake Jovita Golf & Country Club. Coors' 2016 title also represents only the seventh time in SSC history that a male or female has won two SSC golf championships.

Starting the day on the no. 10 hole, Coors finished the back nine of the course at two-over, with a double bogey on no. 11, with a birdie on no. 16 and a bogey on no. 17. On the front nine, Coors charted birdies on no. 3, 4, and 9, and shot par on the remaining six holes to protect her lead.

Eriksen carded a three-over 75 on Tuesday, also her lowest round of the event, and finished with a 13-over 229. She carded birdies on no. 10 and no. 18 on the back nine to start the tournament, with three bogeys and four pars. On the front nine, Eriksen recorded a bogey on no. 1 and no. 7, but made par on the other seven holes to remain in contention.

Sophomore Amanda Jakobsson fired an 11-over 83 in Tuesday's final round, and was tied for 17th overall with a 240 (+24).

Junior Sabrina Rumbaugh, playing in her first SSC championship, carded an 88 in her third round, and finished in a tie for 33rd with a 54-hole total of 253 (+37).

Freshman Mao Young, also competing in her first SSC championship, also fired an 88 on Tuesday, and was 38th overall with a 262 (+46).

Rollins College carded a 307 in Tuesday's final round, its lowest team round of the championship, and claimed the SSC championship with a three-day total of 935 (+71). The Tars were four strokes ahead of second-place Nova Southeastern with a 939 (+75), and 10 strokes ahead of Saint Leo.

Lynn University was Saint Leo's closest rival in fourth place with a 953 (+89), eight strokes behind the Lions.

Saint Leo now advances to the NCAA Division II South Super Regional on May 2-4, 2016, at the Marcus Pointe Golf Club in Pensacola, Fla. The top three teams, as well as the top three individuals not on those teams, will advance to the NCAA Division II National Championship on May 18-21 in Denver, Colo.

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