CEDAR CITY, Utah, Aug. 29 – Southern Utah’s women’s golf team opens the fall portion of its 2013-14 season Friday when the Thunderbirds travel to Kaysville, Utah, for Weber State’s one-day Wildcat Invitational.

The 18-hole tournament is scheduled to be contested over the par 71, 6,103-yard Davis Park Golf Club course.

Scheduled to compete for the Thunderbirds are juniors Monica Jung and sophomores Rynae Baca and Nicole Thomas and another player to be determined among a group including junior Shantell Spackman and freshmen Carly Parsons, Melanie Stark and Taylor Viquella. The two who do not compete for the team will compete as individuals.

The field has not been released.

SUU finished second at the Wildcat Invitational last year.

Last Year at the Wildcat Invitational:Sadie Palmer shot 2-over par 72 to finish second and lead Southern Utah’s women’s golf team to a second place finish the Wildcat Invitational. The Thunderbirds finished at 19-over par 299 over the par 70, 5,979 Davis Park course, six shots behind host Weber State’s 293 and six ahead of second place Utah Valley (305). Idaho State finished fourth at 319. Nicole Thomas, who was playing in her first collegiate tournament for the Thunderbirds, finished in a tie for third place at 73, while SUU’s Monica Jung was 11th at 76. Rounding out SUU’s entry Kaohi Loo was 16th at 78 and Jamie Millard shot 79 to finish tied for 19th. SUU had two entrants competing as individuals, Rynae Baca and Rose Pelletier. Baca shot 81 to finish 23rd and Pelletier finished 28th with a round of 84. Weber State’s Kelsey Chugg shot 71 to edge Palmer by one stroke for tourney medalist honors.
    
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: Southern Utah shot its best round, 295, in the final round to finish at 37-over par 901 and tied for third place in the Thunderbirds’ first Big Sky women’s golf tournament.  It was 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. 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.