T-Birds strong in women’s golf finale


BOULDER CREEK, Nev. — The 2018 edition of the Big Sky Women’s Golf Championship came to a close on Sunday afternoon at Boulder Creek Golf Club.

SUU sophomore Kamonwan (Poy) Prasurtwong, who earlier this week was named to the All-Big Sky Second Team, shot a 71 for the second-straight day and led the Thunderbirds with a 222 (80, 71, 71). That secured her a top-10 finish, as she finished in a tie for 10th.

Fellow sophomore Kyla Smith finished in a tie for 15th on the leaderboard, ending three rounds of play at 224 (76, 71, 77).

Both Nicole Jones and Miranda Reyes had solid days in their final round as a member of the Southern Utah golf team, as Jones (80, 74, 77) finished in a tie for 31st and Reyes (81, 79, 76) finished in a tie for 38th.

Lindsay Aleman finished fifth for the T-Birds and in a tie for 40th on the leaderboard, shooting a 237 (83, 81, 73).

As a team the Thunderbirds finished in sixth place, shooting a 909 (317, 295, 297).

Every year since they’ve joined the Big Sky Conference the Lady Thunderbirds have never finished outside the top half of the league at the championship tournament.

“First and foremost I’d like to thank Miranda and Nicole for the time they spent at Southern Utah, they’ve both been great student-athletes for us and have been a joy to coach,” SUU head coach Richard Church said. “As far as how the day went, Poy had a really strong finish and we’re proud of her for doing that. And we still haven’t finished outside of the top half at the conference tournament, which is something we’re pretty proud of.”

The Idaho Vandals claimed the 2018 Big Sky title, shooting 866 (296, 287, 283) as a team. UI’s Sophie Hausmann was the top player on the leaderboard at the conclusion of the tournament, shooting a 206 (73, 65, 68). Idaho’s score set a new 54-hole Big Sky Conference Tournament record.

Sacramento State (876), Portland State (879), Northern Arizona (891) and Eastern Washington (894) rounded out the top-five team scores at the event.

Idaho’s Michelle Kim finished in second on the leaderboard, and Sacramento State’s Julia Becker finished in third.

This marks the conclusion of Southern Utah’s 2017-18 women’s golf campaign.

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