CEDAR CITY, Utah, Oct. 3 – Southern Utah University’s men’s golf team plays the penultimate event of its 2013 fall season next week when it travels to Park City, Utah, to compete at the inaugural Utah Invitational, hosted by the University of Utah.

The two-day tournament begins with 36 holes on Monday and the final 18 on Tuesday at the par 72, 7,129-yard Jeremy Ranch Golf Club. Each day’s play is scheduled to begin at 9:00 a.m.

Senior Jake Holt, juniors Nic Booth, Sammy Cole and Tim Leonard and freshmen Jameson Keiley and Braxton Williams are scheduled to compete for the Thunderbirds.

The nine-team field includes SUU, Boise State, Cal State Bakersfield, Northern Colorado, Texas- El Paso, Utah State, Utah Valley, Westminster College and the host Utes.

SUU is coming off a sixth-place finish at Boise State’s Dash Thomas Memorial Tournament, where Sammy Cole finished 13th to lead the T-Birds.

The Coach: Richard Church (Utah ‘89) is in his 14th season as head golf coach and his 18th 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 first NCAA post-season competitor in golf. He has also seen the team finish second in the league seven times during his tenure as head or assistant coach, including last season when the ‘Birds finished second in their inaugural season in the America Sky Conference.

Last Time Out: Three Thunderbirds finished in the top-20 as Southern Utah finished sixth at Boise State’s Dash Thomas Memorial, which was held at the par 71, 6,890-yard BanBury Golf Club. Sammy Cole shot 1-over 214 to finish 13th while Tim Leonard finished 17th at 217 while Jake Holt was 19th at 218. Nic Booth shot 75 to finish 40th at 225 while Jameson Keiley came in 56th at 231 and Braxton Williams, who was playing as an individual, finished 67th at 242. The Thunderbirds, who entered the day tied with Cal State Fullerton in seventh, finished at 871, 20 shots off the pace of team champion Sacramento State, which finished at 851, 12 strokes ahead of second place Idaho. Fullerton made the biggest move of the day, shooting 284 to move all the way into a tie for third place with Seattle at 865, with Utah State fifth at 867. Stetson and Grand Canyon finished tied for eighth at 873, followed by Concordia at 883, Weber State at 887 and host Boise State at 893.