STATE COLLEGE, Pa. —Led by senior Jackie Chulya, six Columbia women’s golfers placed among the field’s top-20 as the Lions finished the three-round Nittany Lion Invitational in second place Sunday with a combined 907 score (plus-21). Chulya completed the two day invitational in sixth place by shooting a combined 222 (74-76-72) score. She moved up to sixth from eighth place after firing a 72 in Sunday’s final round at the Penn State Golf Course.

With a combined 300 Sunday score, Columbia moved into second place after concluding the first 36 holes in third place on Saturday. Columbia moved past Richmond by using stellar Sunday performances from all seven of its golfers including a 14th place finish from Nancy Xu (81-73-74-228), a 17th place performance from Ridhima Dilawari (74-78-77-229), a 20th place showing from Camilla Vik (79-75-77-231) and 33rd place finish by Amy Ding (78-80-78-236).

In addition, two Columbia golfers competed as individuals. Both enjoyed successful weekends as Rachel Shi completed the invitational in 12th place with a 76-78-73-227 score and Emily Chu posted a 17th place performance by shooting an 80-78-71-229.

“I'm really proud of how everyone carried themselves on the course yesterday during the 36 holes and today's poise was great as well,” Columbia head coach Amy Weeks said. “Everyone stayed focused and continued to give themselves a chance to go low. Participation from all team members is one of the main things that we have been working on in the past two years so it is nice to see six of our players finishing in the top-20.”

“This week we made two eagles as a team,” Weeks said. “Camilla holed out from 189 yards with her hybrid on the second round and Jackie made a long eagle putt to finish the tournament. We also got an impressive performance from our freshmen. Rhidima shot 74 on the first round and Emily shot 71 today. Overall, I'm excited to see continued growth and contribution from the whole group and I look forward to our next event at Princeton on Friday.”

Host Penn State maintained its day one lead by winning the team competition with an 885 (plus-21). Richmond’s Isabella Rusher won the individual competition with a 216 (70-74-72), followed by Rutgers’ Ashleigh Greenham at 217 (73-72-72).

This weekend’s event marked the first of four fall tournaments that the Lions will compete in. Columbia will also travel to the Springdale Golf Club for the Princeton Invitational (Oct. 1-2), The Yale Course in New Haven for the Yale Intercollegiate (Oct. 7-9) and will compete in the Cardinal Cup at the University of Louisville (Oct. 23-25).

NITTANY LION INVITATIONAL

Saturday-Sunday, Sept. 24-25, 2016, Penn State Golf Course

Team Competition

Place

Team

1

2

3

Total

Score

1.

Penn State

287

303

295

885

+21

2.

Columbia

305

302

300

907

+43

3.

Rutgers

304

311

297

912

+48

3.

Richmond

298

306

308

912

+48

5.

Delaware

299

315

308

922

+58

6.

Oklahoma City

317

307

300

924

+60

7.

Yale

313

314

311

938

+74

8.

William & Mary

314

306

321

941

+77

9.

Bucknell

310

320

319

949

+85

Columbia Team Competition

Place

Player

1

2

3

Total

6.

Jackie Chulya

74

76

72

222

14.

Nancy Xu

81

73

74

228

17.

Ridhima Dilawari

74

78

77

229

20.

Camilla Vik

79

75

77

231

33.

Amy Ding

78

80

78

236

Individual Competitors

Place

Player

1

2

3

Total

12.

Rachel Shi

76

78

73

227

17.

Emily Chu

80

78

71

229