Coors selected CoSIDA D2 Academic All-America of the Year

Coors selected CoSIDA D2 Academic All-America of the Year

SAINT LEO, Fla. – This could make it official: Saint Leo women's golfer Marie Coors is the top Division II student-athlete in the nation for 2016-17.

Coors was selected as the 2016-17 Division II Academic All-America of the Year by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA), which announced the accolade on Wednesday.

She is the sixth student-athlete to earn the Division II Academic All-America of the Year award since it was separated by NCAA division, and the first women's golfer to earn the honor.

"We are all so proud of Marie and all she was able to accomplish as a student-athlete while at Saint Leo," said Saint Leo Director of Athletics Francis X. Reidy. "To win an individual national championship, and be recognized as the top Academic All-America® of the Year is truly amazing. It speaks volumes about Marie Coors and her incredible talent and drive for excellence. I am so proud of our student-athletes and staff who continue to find high levels of success in and out of the classroom."

A 2017 Saint Leo graduate with a degree in economics, Coors was a three-time CoSIDA Academic All-America including first team honors in her junior and senior seasons. 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, and is a four-time selection to the Women's Golf Coaches Association (WGCA) All-America Scholar team.

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.

On the links, Coors 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, posting the lowest stroke average of any Division II women's golfer and 22nd-lowest among all collegiate women's golfers regardless of division, on her way to earning WGCA Division II Golfer of the Year honors. She was a WGCA First Team All-American, in addition to repeating as the Sunshine State Conference Women's Golfer of the Year and 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.

"I am very honored to receive the CoSIDA Division II Academic All-America® of the Year award," said Coors. "The last four years have been an incredible journey academically and athletically, and I would not want to trade away a moment of the experience.

"I would like to thank Saint Leo University, and particularly my professors from the economics and accounting department, as well as my coach for their great support," added Coors. "Every achievement needs a functioning team, and therefore this award is not only about my accomplishments but also about everybody that helped me along the way. Thank you for giving me the opportunity to achieve my goals and dreams!"

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

Among Coors' additional achievements and honors over her Saint Leo career: she is a two-time medalist at the SSC Women's Golf Championship (2014 & 2016), and 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. The three-time WGCA All-American also took medalist honors at the 2014 NCAA South Super Regional as a freshman.

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