CHANDLER, Ariz., April 23 – Southern Utah shot its best round of the tournament Tuesday, 295, to finish at 37-over par 901 and tied for third place in the Thunderbirds’ first Big Sky women’s golf tournament.

It is the highest finish at a conference tournament in SUU women's golf history. The team's best prior finish was fifth at the 2012 Summit League Championship.

SUU finished tied with Northern Colorado at 901, 19 shots behind conference champion Northern Arizona and 15 back of second-place Portland State.

Sophomore Monica Jung led the way for the Thunderbirds on Tuesday at 1-under par 71 while senior Sadie Palmer shot even par on Tuesday. Palmer birdied four holes on the back nine to finish all alone in eighth place at 3-over par 219 while Jung was 17th at 227 after birdying four holes on the front nine and another on the back side.

Montana State’s Paige Crawford ran away with the individual championship after shooting 67 on Tuesday for a final score of 8-under par 208. Crawford finished seven strokes clear of NAU’s Kaitlen Parsons and PSU’s Britney Yada, who finished tied for second at 1-under 215.

SUU’s Nicole Thomas finished tied for 20th at 230 after a round of 78 on Tuesday, while Kaohi Loo and Rynae Baca were tied for 23rd at 232 after respective rounds of 76 and 77 on the final day.

After an opening-round 306 put them in seventh place the Thunderbirds moved up to fifth in the 11-team field with a round of 299 on Monday and they moved up two more spots on Tuesday, passing Sacramento State and moving into the tie with UNCO.

Eastern Washington finished sixth at 911, followed by Weber State (915), Montana (919), Montana State (922), North Dakota (995) and Idaho State (1,007).

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