SEDONA, Ariz., March 3 - Senior Sadie Palmer and freshman Rynae Baca finished tied for 12th place and Southern Utah had four players in the top-21 to as the Thunderbirds finished third at Northern Arizona's 21-team Red Rocks Invitational on Sunday.

The tournament was played at the par 72, 6,089-yard Oak Creek Country Club.

SUU shot 308 after Saturday's 304 to slip one spot and finish third at 612, three shots behind Cal State Northridge and seven off the pace of tourney champ Toledo. SUU and Toledo were tied for second after both teams shot 304 on Saturday, one shot behind Northridge, which opened with a 303, then shot 306 Sunday.

Palmer and Baca, who was competing as an individual and had her best finish at the collegiate level, finished in a six-way tie for 12th at 7-over par 151 while Kaohi Loo finished one shot behind them and in a tie for 18th at 152. Monica Jung was another shot back in 21st, and Nicole Thomas turned in a 31st place finish at 156 with Rose Pelletier rounding out the Thunderbirds' entry with an 80th place finish at 167. SUU's Jamie Millard also competed as an individual, finishing 88th at 168.

Northridge's Clarise Guce moved up one spot to win the tournament at 2-over par 146, one shot better than UC Riverside's Amelia Eck and Weber State's Kelsey Chugg.

 

SUU finished six shots ahead of UV Riverside and Eastern Michigan, which finished at 618, and the Thunderbirds were nine shots better than the closest Big Sky opponent, host Northern Arizona, which finished seventh at 621.

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