Women’s golf earns first trip to NCAA national championship

Women’s golf earns first trip to NCAA national championship

PENSACOLA, Fla. – Saint Leo women's golf earned the program's first team qualifier for the NCAA Division II National Championship on Wednesday, after posting a final round score of 308 (+20) and finishing third overall at the South Super Regional at the Marcus Pointe Golf Club.

Saint Leo carded a 902 (+38) over the 54-hole tournament on its way to the third place finish.

The Lions will now head to Denver, Colo., to play in the national championship on May 18-21 at CommonGround Golf Course. Saint Leo sent individuals to the championship in 2012 and 2014, but have never previously qualified as a team.

"I'm very proud of the team and their accomplishments this week," said Tommy Baker, Saint Leo's head women's golf coach. "It was a total team effort all three days. We are excited about our next challenge of winning a national championship."

Junior Marie Coors was eighth in the field of 66 golfers with a final score of 224 (+8), after carding a four-over 76 in Wednesday's final round. Coors paced Saint Leo with four birdies in the final round, three of those coming on the front nine. Sophomore Vilde Eriksen finished close behind Coors in ninth place, after also firing a four-over 76 in the final round with three birdies. Eriksen tallied a three-round total of 225 (+9).

Sophomore Margine Arguello finished in a tie for 17th overall with a 54-hole score of 230 (+14), and fired an 84 in the third round. Sophomore Amanda Jakobsson carded a 79 on Wednesday while junior Sabrina Rumbaugh fired a 77. Both golfers finished with a final score of 232 (+16), and were tied for 25th on the overall individual leaderboard.

Joining Saint Leo in Denver from the South Super Regional will be Nova Southeastern and Rollins College. Nova Southeastern won the regional title with a three-day score of 894 (+30), while Rollins posted an 898 (+34) to place second on the team leaderboard.

Rollins College turned in the day's low round with a 303 (+15) to overtake the Lions for second place, while Nova Southeastern shot a 304 in Wednesday's third round.

Host West Florida trailed in fourth place with a 911 (+47), followed by Montevallo in fifth place after carding a 916 (+52).

Nova Southeastern's Jamie Freedman took medalist honors, after winning a two-hole playoff with teammate Aldana Foigel. Both golfers finished with a two-over 218 for the tournament. West Florida's Paloma Vaccaro and Florida Tech's Felicia Leftinger were tied for third with a four-over 220.