CHANDLER, Ariz, April 20 – Southern Utah’s Taylor Viquelia shot 2-under par 70 in the final-round to finish at 2-over par 218 and in second place at the 2014 Big Sky Golf Championship, leading the Thunderbirds to a third place finish.
Portland State’s A. Ram Choi, who led wire-to-wire, tied the tournament record with a third-round 67 to finish at 5-under par 211 and lead the Vikings to their seventh Big Sky championship. PSU shot 290 on Tuesday to finish at 31-over par 895, 15 shots ahead of second place Sacramento State, which was tied for the lead heading into the day. The Hornets shot a final-round 305, however, to finish at 910 and in second place.
Meanwhile, Southern Utah had the second-best round of the day and its best of the tournament, shooting 295 to move up two spots and finish at 915. Three Thunderbirds finished among the top-11, with Viquelia second (76-72-70, 218), Monica Jung (79-76-72) ninth at 227 and Nicole Thomas (80-74-75) 11th at 229. Rounding out SUU’s entry, Rynae Baca (82-81-78, 241) finished 38th while Shantell Spackman 92-87-96) was 53rd.
Viquelia finished five shots ahead of Sac State’s Lisa Persson, who finished third at 223.
Montana moved up one position with a round of 304 on Tuesday to finish fourth at 924, nine shots behind the Thunderbirds, while Northern Arizona and Montana State, who were tied for third heading into the final round, shot 314 and 315, respectively, to finish fifth and sixth at 932 and 933.
Eastern WAshington finished seventh at 946, followed by Weber State at 951, North Dakota at 975 and Idaho State at 1030. Northern Colorado, which was in ninth place heading into Tuesday’s play, had two players withdraw and finished 11th.