Lady Golfers Head To ORU Shootout

September 26, 2013
By SUU Strategic Communication
Sophomore Rynae Baca
Sophomore Rynae Baca
Courtesy: SUU Strategic Communications
2013 season next week when the Thunderbirds travel to Tulsa, Oklahoma to compete in the Bob Hurley Auto ORU Shootout.

The 54-hole tournament, which is hosted by Oral Roberts, will be held at the par 71, 6,210-yard Meadowbrook Country Club in Tulsa, Okla.

Scheduled to compete for the Thunderbirds are juniors Monica Jung and Shantell Spackman, sophomores Rynae Baca and Nicole Thomas and freshman Taylor Viquella.

The field for the tournament is not available. Last year’s field included SUU, Arkansas State, Drake, Houston Baptist, Lamar, McLennan Community College, McNeese State, Sam Houston State, Stephen F. Austin, Texas A&M-Corpus Christi, UTEP, Texas-Pan American and host Oral Roberts.

SUU last competed at the Hobble Creek Invitational on Sept. 10 where the team finished seventh. SUU finished fourth at ORU last year.

Last Year at the ORU Shootout: Sadie Palmer and Monica Jung led a rally as SUU moved up one spot to finish tied for fourth at the 13-team Shootout.  Palmer moved up 10 spots to finish in a three-way tie for 11th place with a round of 76 on Tuesday while Jung shot 80 but still managed to finish tied for 14th. Palmer finished at 19-over par 232 while Jung was a shot behind her teammate at 233. Sam Houston State’s Shelby Hardy was the individual champion at 4-over par 217, three strokes clear of second place Julie Aime of Lamar and Rachael McQueen of McClellan CC. SUU checked in at 938 and tied with McNeese State at 938 after a final round 314. The Thunderbirds finished 33 shots off the pace of team champion Lamar but just six shots behind third-place Sam Houston and nine behind second-place Oral Roberts. SUU’s Kaohi Loo shot a final-round 79 to finish at 238 and in 28th place, while Nicole Thomas shot her best round of the tournament, a 79, to finish in 43rd at 242 and Jamie Millard finished in 53rd place at 246 after a final-round 83. SUU’s Rynae Baca, who was competing as an individual, finished 60th at 252.
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: SUU shot a final-round 311 to finish at 78 over par 930 and in seventh place at the 13-team Hobble Creek Invitational, hosted by Brigham Young and Utah Valley Universities. Nicole Thomas led the Thunderbirds with a 13th place finish at 14-over par 227 while Monica Jung was 24th at 233 and Rynae Baca was another shot back in 26th.  Taylor Viquelia shot 236 to finish tied for 31st while Carly Parsons finished 68 at 258. Shantell Spackman, who was playing as an individual, finished 49th at 244. The Thunderbirds finished three shots behind Santa Clara and 15 50 shots off the pace of team champion San Francisco, which finished at 880, six shots better than second place Gonzaga. New Mexico State finished third at 912, followed by Grand Canyon (914), BYU (915), Santa Clara and SUU. Weber State finished eighth at 939, followed by CS Northridge at 951, Utah Valley (959), Dixie State (960), CS Bakersfield (996) and Idaho State (1,011).