CHANDLER, Ariz., April 22 – Southern Utah moved up two spots in the second round of the Big Sky Women’s Golf championship Monday, jumping from seventh to fifth as three Thunderbirds carded scores of 2-over par 74 at the par 72, 6,299-yard Ocotillo Golf Resort course.

Sadie Palmer, Nicole Thomas and Monica Jung each shot 74 on Tuesday to lead the Thunderbirds, who cut seven shots off Sunday’s score, firing 299 for a two-day total of 605. That left them four shots behind fourth-place Sacramento State, six ahead of sixth-place Weber State, and 13 shots off the pace of second-round leaders Portland State and Northern Arizona, who were tied at 592 after respective rounds of 302 and 293.

In addition to the three players at 74, SUU’s Rynae Baca came in at 77 and Kaohi Loo shot 79. Palmer was in a tie for ninth place with a two-round total 147, with Thomas 19th at 152, Baca 23rd at 155, and Jung and Loo tied in 26th at 156.

Montana State’s Paige Crawford shot 68 on Monday to move into the individual lead at 141, six shots up on Palmer and one-up on second place Carleigh Silvers of Northern Colorado.

Northern Colorado was in third place at 599, followed by Sacramento State (601) and SUU (605), with Weber State (611) sixth. Eastern Washington (613) was seventh, followed by Montana State and Montana, who were tied in eighth at 629. North Dakota (662) and Idaho State (679) rounded out the field.

The tournament wraps up with the final round on Tuesday with tee times beginning at 6:30 p.m. (MST).

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