CEDAR CITY, Utah, March 15 – Southern Utah’s women’s golf team gets another chance to play close to home Monday and Tuesday as the Thunderbirds are scheduled to compete at the BYU at Entrada Classic on Monday and Tuesday.
The 54-hole tournament will be held at the par 72, 6,015 yard Entrada at Snow Canyon Country Club in St. George, Utah, with two rounds on Monday and one on Tuesday.
The 12-team field includes SUU, California, Colorado State, Dixie State, Iowa, Indiana, Kansas State, Minnesota, Montana, North Texas, Texas State, UVU, Weber State, Wisconsin, Wyoming and host Brigham Young.
SUU is coming off a third place finish at its own SUU Invitational.
Last Year at BYU at Entrada: Southern Utah opened with a disappointing round of 325 and although the Thunderbirds improved in each subsequent round the opener doomed them to a 13th place finish at the 15 team tourney. SUU shot 318 in the second round and 310 in the third to finish one shot back of Oral Roberts but 65 shots off the pace of team champion Wisconsin. Junior Kaohi Loo led the way for the Thunderbirds with a 40th place finish at 24-over par 236, while senior Sadie Palmer and sophomore Monica Jung tied for 50th at 239. Freshman Rynae Baca finished fourth among Thunderbirds in 65th place at 246 while fellow frosh Nicole Thomas shot 248 for 67th place. SUU’s Jamie Millard finished 72nd at 252 playing as an individual.
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: Nicole Thomas and Taylor Viquelia finished tied for sixth and Southern Utah finished third at the inaugural SUU Invitational Golf Tournament, held at Sunbrook Golf Club. Weber State (314-301) and Oral Roberts (305-310) finished tied for first and were declared co-champions after coming in at 39-over par 615 while SUU (308-309) shot 617 over the par 72, 6,013 yard course. Thomas was third heading into the final round after an opening-round 74 but dipped to 78 Tuesday to finish at 152, seven shots off the pace of individual champ Marissa Borja of Eastern Washington, who was four shots clear of second-place Alheli Moreno of ORU at 1-over par 145. Viquelia shot 75 on Tuesday after an opening-round 77. Rynae Baca finished third among Thunderbirds, in 14th place, after rounds of 79 and 77 left her at 156, while Monica Jung was 18th (79-79, 158) and Shantell Spackman finished 43rd (78-87, 165).