BEDLETTER, Ky. - The Columbia women's golf team completed two rounds of competition at the Murray State Drake Creek Invitational Monday and stand in fifth place heading into Tuesday's final round.
Columbia (304-302-606) sits seven strokes back of tournament-leader Central Arkansas (306-293-599). Michelle Piyapattra opened play with a 72 to sit in second place following the first 18 holes. She followed her first round up with a second-round tally of 76 to end the day tied for sixth, just four strokes behind Belmont's Shay Sullivan, who sits atop the leaderboard.
A pair of Columbia golfers sit tied for 17th after two rounds of play. Monique Ishikawa, coming off a second-place showing at the Bucknell Invitational, carded a 77 in the first round and improved two strokes in her second round. Lilette Mocio reached her two-round score of 152 with equal rounds of 76.
Jane Dong and Elizabeth Combs round out the Columbia lineup, each tied for 25th. Dong shot an opening-round score of 79 and then improved three-strokes in the afternoon round. Combs improved five strokes in her second round, shooting a 75 in the afternoon round after opening play with an 80.
Play will continue Tuesday with the third and final round at the Drake Creek Golf Club.
Columbia is also represented at the St. John's Women's Intercollegiate at Eisenhower Park, with four Lions competing as individuals. Joanna Henry leads the Columbia contingent, registering a first-round score of 77, tied for 10th.
Spenser Krut stands in 25th after the opening round, posting a plus-nine 81. Ashley Zambito and Maria Lu finished the opening day in 43rd and 45th place, respectively. Lu will be among the first group that tees off tomorrow at 7:30 a.m.