Women’s Golf Set To Fight For Big Sky Crown
By SUU Strategic Communication
CEDAR CITY, Utah - The Thunderbird women’s golf team will head to Boulder City, Nevada, this week to compete in the 2017 Big Sky Women’s Golf Championship.
The event will run from April 21-23, with 18-holes of action taking place on each day.
Last Time Out
After a somewhat sluggish start at the Bobcat Desert Invitational, the Lady T-Birds caught fire on the final day in Goodyear, Arizona, and shot a 288. That propelled them up the leaderboard to a third-place finish.
The 288 was the lowest single round score at the event, and was just one stroke away from tying the school record for lowest round.
Senior Taylor Viquelia also tied her career-low by shooting a four-under 68 on the final day of action.
Freshman of the Year
Southern Utah freshman Poy Prasurtwong has been named Freshman of the Year by the Big Sky Conference for her play leading up to the Big Sky Championships.
Prasurtwong was also named Women’s Golfer of the Week three times during the season. Prasurtwong has a scoring average of 73.82 through 28 rounds of play this season, which is the lowest mark for the Thunderbirds.
“We're very proud of the season she’s had and for the conference to recognize her performances with the award is great,” SUU head coach Richard Church said following the announcement. “She’s had a really solid season and we look forward to seeing what she’s able to do in the future.”
This marks the first time the Thunderbird women’s golf program has earned a Freshman of the Year award since joining the Big Sky Conference.
Two members of the Thunderbird women’s golf team were awarded the title of All-Big Sky, with Prasurtwong being named to First Team and Viquelia being named to Second Team.
Viquelia earned Women’s Golfer of the Week honors once during the 2016-17 campaign.
Through 28 rounds of play Viquelia has an average score of 74.68, and shot a 70 or lower three times during the course of the season.
Last season Viquelia was awarded with the title of Big Sky Player of the Year, and this season that award went to Northern Arizona’s Sofia Anokhina. Viquelia was a member of the Big Sky Second Team as a freshman and an Honorable Mention as a sophomore.
Scouting the Big Sky
The Vandals of Idaho will enter competition this weekend as the defending champions of the Big Sky Conference, after winning the event last season.
This year the Vandals had the lowest average team score per round in the Big Sky with a 74.47. Sacramento State is second in that category with a 75.06, followed by Portland State (75.55) and Southern Utah (76.02).
According to GolfStat Rankings, Idaho comes in as the top ranked team at No. 67.
NAU’s Anokhina will enter play as the Player of the Year in the Big Sky. Last season she finished tied for 13th in the field in just her first season of Big Sky action.
BSC Tournament History
SUU first competed in the Big Sky in 2013, where they finished in a tie for third as a team. The following year they finished in third alone.
Last season the Thunderbirds finished in sixth place, but shot their lowest combined score at the event since joining the conference at 890 (299, 294, 297).
Viquelia has had a lot of success for the Thunderbirds at the event, finishing in second as just a freshman. She finished in a tie for second her sophomore year and in a tie for fifth her senior year.
The event will be played at Boulder Creek Golf Course in Boulder City, Nevada.
The course features three nine-hole courses, and for the event the competitors will be playing on the Desert Hawk and Coyote Run courses.
2016-17 Women’s Golfer of the Week
9/14/16 - Poy Prasurtwong
9/28/16 - Poy Prasurtwong
10/05/16 - Poy Prasurtwong
2/15/17 - Taylor Viquelia
Live stats can be followed through all three rounds at GolfStat.com. A link to results will also be available at suutbirds.com prior to the start of play.
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