CHANDLER, Ariz., Feb. 11 - Southern Utah's women were in fourth place after the first round at the 11-team Lumberjack at Ocotillo after opening at 41-over par 329 on Monday. The tournament, hosted by Northern Arizona, is being held at the par- 72, 6,302-yard Ocotillo Golf Resort.

Sadie Palmer and Monica Jung led the way for the Thunderbirds, tied for fifth at 5-over par 77, four shots off the pace of McNeese State's Lina Lagergren and Kelsey Haynie, who shared the lead.

SUU's Kaohi Loo was also in the top-20, in 18th at 82, while Nicole Thomas (56th at 93) and Rynae Baca (58th at 94) rounded out the Thunderbirds' official entry. Southern Utah's Jamie Millard and Rose Pelletier are competing as individuals, with Millard 31st at 85 and Pelletier 45rh at 88 after the first day of play.

McNeese State was also in the team lead at 12-over par 300, with host NAU second at 316, Weber State at 327 and SUU at 329. SUU was one shot up on British Columbia and five clear of Northern Colorado (334). Eastern Washington was seventh at 336, followed by Montana State (338), Utah Valley (339), North Dakota (359) and Idaho State (380).

Eight teams in the 11-team field are members of the Big Sky, which will hold its championship at Ocotillo in April. All but McNeese State, British Columbia and Utah Valley are BSC members.

The tournament continues with round two on Tuesday and concludes on Wednesday.

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