The SUU women's golf team came into Tuesday's action on top of the leaderboard at the NAU Mountain Shootout, but couldn't stay there, shooting a 328 to drop to fourth place.
Tournament-host Northern Arizona won the shootout, finishing 10 strokes ahead of SUU. Utah Valley took second, three strokes back of NAU, and Ferris State edged the T-Birds by one shot for the third spot.
Sophomore Sadie Palmer tied for fifth place in the tournament, shooting a second-round 81 to finish at 12-over-par 156.
Following her was sophomore Kacy Buckner in 13th with a 159, one stroke ahead of freshman Jamie Coking, who took 15th for her best finish yet.
Junior Morgan Kerber, sophomore Mikayla Williamson and freshman Brittany Edwards tied for 23rd place, each scoring 164 over two rounds.
"We had a nice first round but the conditions were more difficult today and we weren't able to adjust," SUU golf coach Richard Church said in a Sports Information press release. "We're still pretty young, but we're competing and learning."
For the men's team, junior Brad Millard shot a three-round, 4-over-par 220 in his SUU debut to lead the T-Birds to a 12th-place finish out of 19 teams at the season-opening Gene Miranda Falcon Invitational in Colorado Springs, Colo.
The T-Birds as a team shot a 29-over-par 893, 38 strokes behind tournament-champion Colorado State, which shot a 9-under-par 855. The University of Utah placed second with a 7-under-par 857.
The T-Birds beat in-state foes Weber State, Utah State and Utah Valley, which finished 16th, 18th and 19th, respectively. Tournament-host Air Force tied for sixth place.
Northern Colorado junior Stephen Bidne won the tournament with a 10-under-par 206, leading the Bears to an eighth-place team finish.
Freshman Raymond Gillip II was the second-best T-Bird at the tournament, placing 56th with an 8-over-par 224. Sophomore Jeff Evans finished one stroke behind Gillip in 62nd place. Senior Tai Reynolds checked in at 70th place with a 227 and sophomore Denny Job finished 97th at 236 to round out the T-Birds' scoring.
"I would have liked to have seen our veterans play a little better but I was happy with the way Brad and Ray played their first time out," Church said in a Sports Information press release. "This was a tough field with some of the best teams in the west competing. I think we have the talent to have finished in the top-10 here but we need to play to that level."
The T-Bird men will compete in a duel against Utah State on Friday and Saturday in Logan, then head down I-15 for the Purple ' Red Invitational on Monday and Sept. 29 in Layton. The women don't compete again until Oct. 5 at the Firestone Grill Championship in Pismo Beach, Calif.