TENAFLY, N.J. - For the first time in the history of the Roar-EE Invitational, the Columbia women's golf team finished as the top squad, holding off Penn for a four-stroke victory. Monique Ishikawa captured medalist honors for the second straight year, posting a two-round score of 147 to win by four strokes over Penn's Marissa Kay.
ROUND ONE RECAP
A chilly, but partly sunny day led to good scores by each of the Columbia golfers in the opening round. Senior Michelle Piyapattra and Sophomore Monique Ishikawa concluded the opening round tied for the lead, shooting two-over 74.
Penn was led by a three-over 75 from Amanda Chin, with teammates Sophia Chen and Marissa Kay finishing just one stroke back.
Columbia's second team is third after shooting a team score of 326. Lisa Combs shot a seven-over 79 to lead the squad. Senior Jane Dong opened competition with an 81, while Joanna Henry and Lilette Mocio each concluded the first round with 83s.
Hartford and Quinnipiac rounded out the field with the Hawks scoring 338, while the Bobcats tallied a team score of 350 in the first round.
ROUND TWO RECAP
Penn looked to challenge the Lions lead with a strong push in the early portion of the round, but Columbia fought back and secured the team victory.
Ishikawa continued to play at a high level through the afternoon, finishing off the day with the lowest round, a 73.
Columbia's next three golfers all finished tied for fifth, with cumulative scores of 155. Chulya and Vik shot the same score once again, each posting a 78, while Piyapattra came in with an 81. Shi finished in sole possesion of eighth after shooting a 79 in the second round.
Columbia's white squad saw Combs capture a share of 10th place, registering an 80 in the afternoon round. Henry matched Combs with an 80 of her own to claim 13th place. Mocio improved her second round score by two strokes, turning in an 81 to finish in 14th. Jane Dong wrapped up competition with an 87 to place 16th.
Columbia will now prepare for the Ivy League Championships at Baltusrol Golf Club in Springfield, N.J. from April 25-27.