SUU Strategic Communications

Two Rounds In The Books At Big Sky Championships

April 22, 2017
By SUU Strategic Communication

BOULDER CITY, Nev. - With two of the three rounds of the 2017 Big Sky Women’s Golf Championships in the books, the T-Bird women’s golf team sits in seventh place as a team.

Through two rounds SUU senior Taylor Viquelia (79, 76) and junior Nicole Jones (80, 75) are leading the way, both sitting in a tie for 20th place with a 155.

“I felt really confident going into both rounds,” Jones said about her play so far. “I feel that our preparation has helped. We’ve practiced and worked on a lot of these shots, I’ve made a lot of up-and-downs and have made a lot of putts both days.”

Church said he’s liked what he’s seen out of Jones this weekend, and for the majority of the season.

“Nicole has been one of our most solid and consistent players all year,” he said. “She’s played in the No. 5 position most of the season, and she’s understood that in that role she needs to post a score that will help the team, and a score to protect the other players, and has been a consistent contributor in that spot.”

Church also noted that he expects to see his senior leader have a big Sunday.

“I expect tomorrow, on what could be her last day as a Thunderbird golfer, she’ll come out and play really well,” Church said about Viquelia heading into the last round of action.

After not getting out to the best start, SUU’s Kyla Smith and Miranda Reyes had very solid rounds on Saturday. Smith shot a 85 on the opening day, but bounced back with a 75 today to finish the day in a tie for 28th, and said assistant coach Sadie Palmer was able to assist in getting her back on track.  

“I just felt a lot more confident,” she said. “Sadie helped me my whole round, and towards the end I started needing less help and started feeling a lot more confident in myself and my game.”

After shooting a 90 on the opening day, Reyes bounced back with a 79 to end action on Saturday in a tie for 49th on the leaderboard.

“It was really good to see Kyla come back today, as well as Miranda,” Church said about their performances. “Miranda was extremely disappointed with the way she played yesterday, but she came back today and posted a good score. Kyla really turned it around today, she had a lot of help from Sadie out there who coached her around the golf course, but Kyla’s a really good player and has a bright future.”

SUU’s Poy Prasurtwong shot a 85 on Saturday to bring her two-day total to a 164. That puts her in a tie for 37th heading into the final day of action.

“Our challenge will be to finishing in the top-half of the conference,” Church said looking forward. “Since we joined the Big Sky we’ve never finished outside of the upper half, so that’s what we’re going to challenge the team to do tomorrow.”

Sacramento State will be the team to beat heading into Sunday, after posting a two-round score of 598. Idaho is second with a 601 and Portland State is third with a 611.

NAU’s Sofia Anokhina is on top of the player leaderboard going into Sunday, posting a 143 (72, 71).

The final 18 will be played on Sunday, with the first T-Bird set to tee-off at 8:45 MT (7:45 PT).

Live stats can be followed through all three rounds at GolfStat.com.

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