STATE COLLEGE, Pa. - The Columbia women's golf team shot its best round of the Nittany Lion Invitational Sunday to finish the 54-hole tournament in eighth place. The host school, Penn State, won the event.
Columbia's top finisher, Michelle Piyapattra, moved up from a tie from 48th at the start of the last round to finish tied for 11th (79-77-65-221) after carding a 65, the lowest individual round of the tournament. The score also set the Penn State Blue Course record, as well as setting a new Columbia low-round record. Piyapattra birdied seven of her first eight holes and went on to maintain her seven-under round over the final 10 holes. Her round on Sunday become must-watch golf after her blistering start.
Monique Ishikawa shot a third-round score of 77 to complete play tied for 33rd (78-74-77-229). Lisa Combs improved two strokes from her second-round score, registering a 78 to finish the Nittany Lion Invitational tied for 54th (76-80-78-234). After posting an 81 on Sunday, Joanna Henry ended the tournament in a tie for 59th (71-84-81-236).
Jane Dong's third round score of 86 left her in a tie for 75th (80-76-86-242). Lilette Mocio shot her best round of the tournament Sunday, recording a 73, improving 17 strokes from Friday's round and nine from her second round to finish tied for 82nd (90-82-73-245).
Penn State's Ellen Ceresko ran away with the individual title. Ceresko finished eight-under through three rounds, with her teammate Christina Vosters and Princeton's Kelly Shon finishing second at one-under.
Columbia has almost a full month off from competition before finishing the fall season at the Lady Paladin Invitational in Greenville, S.C. Oct. 26-28.