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East Union grad has West Texas A&M in contention while pregnant

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BABY BUMP AND RUN

Former East Union golf standout Lindsay Coe, formerly Lindsay Shoot, helped West Texas A&M’s women’s team take second in the first round of the Lone Star Conference Championships on Monday. She sho...

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POSTED April 16, 2013 1:56 a.m.

Lindsay (Shoot) Coe’s competitive golfing career is likely coming to an end in today’s second round of the Lone Star Conference Championships.

Soon, she will begin a new life as a mother. And some time after that, as a nurse.

The 2009 East Union High graduate is relishing her final moments as a member of the West Texas A&M golf team. On Monday, she capped the opening round of the conference tournament with an impressive 6-over-par 78 at The Golf Club at Champions Circle in Fort Worth, Texas — impressive because she started out 4-over after three holes. Oh yeah, and she’s seven months pregnant.

After the round, she had enough energy to join husband Seth Coe and mom Karen Montoya at American Airlines Center in Dallas for the Memphis Grizzlies-Dallas Mavericks game.

With them, of course, was Lilyanne Grace Coe — Lindsay and Seth’s unborn daughter. Lindsay is due to give birth on June 28.

“I’m feeling really good, actually,” said Coe, 22. “I’m not very big for being almost 30 weeks. It wasn’t until two weeks ago that people could tell I was pregnant on the golf course. Most people are shocked about how far along I am and that I’m still golfing.

“The only problem is how stiff my back gets, but I had back problems before I got pregnant so it’s nothing new. I just do a lot of stretching before I play. Since I’m not allowed to carry my bag I use a push cart. Also, I had to stop working out with the team so I’ve lost a big of distance.”

Distance wasn’t a problem on her finishing drive on the 440-yard 18th hole Monday. Coe set herself up with a medium-length putt that she buried for eagle.

“It was nice to end my round today with an eagle,” she said. “I hadn’t had one in a while. It was a pretty short par five — I only had 160 (yards) into the green so I hit my 6 iron, which was my favorite club of the day.”

Coe is currently in a six-way tie for sixth place. West Texas A&M teammate Glory Jangthongsiri, a freshman from Bangkok, Thailand, is the leader with an even 72. The Buffaloes collectively are in second with a 30-over 318 behind Midwestern State’s 311.

West Texas A&M  is rebuilding after qualifying for the NCAA Division II West Regional Championships last year, when Coe held an 80.25 scoring average, made the Dean’s List and earned a scholar-athlete award.

Coe started her collegiate career at Cal State Monterey Bay and transferred in the spring of 2011 after receiving several full-ride offers.

“It’s been a fun season I would say,” Coe said. “I love the team more than anything and I have enjoyed this year very much. It’s been an up-and-down season as far as scores go. Since I’ve been pregnant I’ve learned to stay relaxed even if I am not playing well.”

Coe is in nursing school at West Texas A&M. She plans on splitting her next semester into two so that she has ample time to spend with her newborn child. If all goes well, she will graduate in 2014.

“After I graduate I plan to find a job in Amarillo as a (registered nurse),” Coe said. “I will continue to play golf, but just for fun. Maybe some city tournaments here and there, but nothing really competitive.”

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