Men's Golf Heads To Sacramento State

March 05, 2013
By SUU Strategic Communication
Tim Leonard leads the Thunderbirds in stroke average
Tim Leonard leads the Thunderbirds in stroke average
Courtesy: SUU Strategic Communications

CEDAR CITY, Utah, March 5 - Southern Utah University's men's golf team plays the third event of its 2013 spring season next week when the Thunderbirds compete at the Sacramento State Intercollegiate Cup.

The 14-team tournament will be held Monday and Tuesday at the par-72, 7,036-yard Valley Hi Country Club in Elk Grove, Calif.

The field for the first-year event includes Southern Utah, Boise State, Cal State Fullerton, Cal State Bakersfield, UC Santa Barbara, UT-Pan American, South Dakota, South Carolina Upstate, Seattle, Loyola-Marymount, Chico State, Houston Baptist, Nebraska-Omaha and host Sacramento State.

Junior Jake Holt, sophomores Sammy Cole and Tim Leonard and freshmen John Reid and Connor Van Gilder will compete for the Thunderbirds.

The Thunderbirds are coming off a ninth place finish at Wyoming's Desert Intercollegiate.

The Coach: Richard Church (Utah '89) is in his 13th season as head golf coach and his 17th 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 runners-up and the University's first two NCAA post-season competitors in golf. He has also seen the team finish second in its respective leagues six times.

Last Time Out: Sammy Cole shot four-over par 220 to lead Southern Utah to a ninth-place finish at Wyoming's 17-team Desert Intercollegiate. SUU finished at 38-over par 902, five shots better than 10th-place Arkansas-Little Rock but well off the pace of tourney champ TCU, which ran away with the team title at 8-under par 845, 25 shots better than second-place St. Mary's. Cole finished at 4-over par 220 in three rounds over the par 72, 7,061-yard Classic Club course to place 22nd. Jake Holt  and Tim Leonard finished at 11-over par 227 and in 48th place, while Taylor Schone had shot 232 for 62nd place and John Reid was 79th at 236. Brady Welburn finished tied for 95th at 243 as an individual.