LEWISBURG, Pa. - The Columbia women's golf team opened its fall season with two solid rounds of golf at the Bucknell Invitational. The Lions stand in fifth place after the first 36 holes.
Playing at the Bucknell Golf Club against 14 tough teams, Columbia completed the first 18 holes Saturday in second place. Freshman Monique Ishikawa took the early individual lead, shooting a par-70 in her first collegiate round of golf. Teammates Jane Dong and Joanna Henry completed the first round tied for 23rd after each shot a 10-over 80. Michelle Piyapattra and Spenser Krut rounded out the Columbia line-up tied for 43rd after they both carded 83.
The Lions trailed only Rutgers after the opening round. The Scarlet Knights posted a team score of 310, three strokes ahead of Columbia.
Piyapattra would pace the Lions in round two, tallying a three-over 73 over the final 18 holes Saturday. Freshman Krut also broke 80, finishing Saturday with a nine-over 79. Dong, Ishikawa and Henry would post scores of 80, 84 and 85, respectively, in the second round.
Through two rounds, Columbia has a team score of 629 (313-316), good for fifth overall. Radford used the second round to move from third to first on the leaderboard with a 36-hole score of 618 (314-304). Rutgers and Seton hall are both two strokes back, while Boston University stands in fourth, just three strokes back of Radford.
The final round of play at the Bucknell Invitational is slated to begin at 8:30 a.m. Sunday morning.