CEDAR CITY, Utah, Oct. 24 – Southern Utah’s women’s golf team gets a chance to play close to home this week as the Thunderbirds host the inaugural Southern Utah Invitational, Thursday and Friday at Sunbrook Golf Club in St. George, Utah. The course will play at par 72, 6,092 yards.

It is a 36-hole tournament, with 18 holes scheduled to begin at 9:00 a.m. each day.

The Thunderbird lineup will include juniors Monica Jung and Shantell Spackman, sophomores Rynae Baca and Nicole Thomas and freshman Taylor Viquelia.

The 12-team field includes Creighton, Dixie State, Eastern Washington, Grand Canyon, Idaho State, Montana State, North Dakota, Oral Roberts, South Dakota State, Utah Valley, Weber State and host Southern Utah.

SUU is coming off a 10th place finish at Northern Arizona’s Red Rocks Invitational.

The Coach: Richard Church (Utah ‘89) is in his 14th season as head golf coach and his 19th on the staff at Southern Utah. Prior to taking over the program from former Coach John Evans, Church spent four seasons as the Thunderbirds’ assistant coach. During his tenure on the SUU staff, Church has coached five academic all-Americans, one Mid-Continent Conference medalist, two Mid-Con runner-ups and the University’s only two NCAA post-season competitors in golf. He is the only women’s golf coach in SUU history.

Last Time Out: Monica Jung shot a tournament record 69 in Sunday’s final round at Northern Arizona’s 18-team Red Rocks Invitational, moving her up 14 spots and into fourth place in the tournament played at Oak Creek Country Club. Jung finished at 1-over par 145, four shots off the pace of NAU’s Jacquie LeMarr. As a team, Southern Utah finished 10th at 622, 34 shots behind team champ Xavier, which had three finishers in the top seven to finish 14 shots up on Sacramento State and NAU, who were tied for second at 602. Rynae Baca was second among Thunderbirds in 25th place at 154 after two rounds of 77, while Taylor Viquelia (79-81) was 52nd at 160, Nicole Thomas (84-80) was 71st at 164 and Shantell Spackman (83-85) shot 168 to finish 86th. Grand Canyon finished fourth at 604, followed by Cal Poly (613), Wichita State and Eastern Washington (616),  UC Riverside )617) and Seattle (618) was ninth. SUU finished 11 shots ahead of 11th place Utah Valley (633), while Oakland came in 12th at 634, followed by Weber State (635), Northern Colorado (643), British Columbia (655), IUPUI (663), Mesa Community College (667) and North Dakota (692).