CEDAR CITY, Utah, Aug. 29 – Southern Utah’s women’s golf team plays the second event of its 2013-14 season next week when the Thunderbirds travel to Springville, Utah, to compete in the 13-team Hobble Creek Invitational, being hosted by BYU and Utah Valley.
The 54-hole tournament is scheduled to be played at the par 71, 6,032-yard Hobble Creek Golf Course, with 36 holes on Monday and 18 on Tuesday.
Scheduled to compete for the Thunderbirds are junior Monica Jung, sophomores Rynae Baca and Nicole Thomas and freshmen Melanie Stark and Taylor Viquella. Junior Shantell Spackman and freshman Carly Parsons will compete as individuals.
The field for the tournament includes SUU, Cal State Bakersfield, Cal State Northridge, Dixie State, Gonzaga, Grand Canyon, Idaho State, New Mexico State, San Francisco, Santa Clara, Weber State and the hosts, BYU and UVU.
This is the first time the Thunderbirds have competed at the tournament.
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: Freshman Taylor Viquelia shot 3-over par 74 to lead Southern Utah as the Thunderbirds finished third at Weber State’s Wildcat Invitational. Viquelia finished tied for fifth four shots off the pace of Utah Valley’s Brooke Bliss, who led the Wolverines to a two-shot team win over host Weber State. Utah Valley finished at 296, with Weber State checking in at 298 and SUU at 305. Idaho State was well off the pace in fourth place at 326. Junior Monica Jung was second among Thunderbirds in eighth place at 5-over par 76 over the par 71, 6,149-yard Davis Park Golf Club course, while Nicole Thomas finished in a tie for 12th at 77 and Rynae Baca was 16th at 78. Freshman Melanie Stark rounded out the Thunderbirds’ scoring at 7-over 79 while SUU junior Shantell Spackman and freshman Carly Parsons, playing as individuals, finished 24th at 81 and 26th at 84, respectively.