ORLANDO, Fla.—The Columbia women’s golf team will head south to Orlando, Fla. to compete in this weekend’s Ivy League Championship Friday through Sunday, April 21-23 at the Orange Tree Golf Club.
Schedule of Events
Friday, April 21: Round One, Tee times: 10:48 a.m..
Saturday, April 22: Round Two, Tee times: TBA.
Sunday, April 23: Round Three, Tee times: TBA.
How to Follow the Action
Fans that can't make it to Orange Tree Golf Club in Orlando, Fla. this weekend can follow the action with live results on GolfStat.com. Following each day's events, a recap with links to overall results will be available on GoColumbiaLions.com as well as IvyLeagueSports.com. Fans can also follow the action on social media by following the Columbia women's golf team on twitter @ColumbiaWGolf and the Ivy League Conference, @Ivyleague, as well as joining in on the conversation by using #IvyLeague, #RoarLionRoar and #OneIvy. More information and a tournament central is available on the Ivy League website at this link.
A Quick Look at the Lions
Head Coach Amy Weeks put together an extremely challenging schedule in 2016-17. That competition should bode well for the Lions heading into this weekend’s Ivy League Championship. Columbia claimed two fall invitationals in the Princeton and Yale Intercollegiate and at No. 99, the Lions are currently the Ivy League’s highest nationally ranked team in the Golfstat rankings. Columbia concluded its fall season with its highest-ever national ranking at No. 83. Updated Columbia women’s golf statistics are available at this link.
Senior co-captain Jackie Chulya leads the Lions with a team-low 74.50 stroke average and six top-25 finishes in 2016-17. The 2015-16 Dinah Shore Trophy Award winner, unanimous Ivy League Player of the Year in 2016 and two-time All-Ivy League selection, Chulya has claimed two individual invitational titles in her career (2016 Cardinal Cup and 2015 River Landing Classic). In 2015-16, she set single-season program records for scoring average (74.95), most birdies (62) and highest par-4 scoring (4.16). It is Chulya’s final Ivy League competition as she placed ninth in 2016, fourth in 2015 and 23rd in 2014.
First-year Ridhima Dilawari ranks second on the squad in stroke average at 75.50 and has placed among the top-25 in three invitationals. Her top performance of the year was a fifth place finish at the Yale Intercollegiate in the fall.
First-year Emily Chu has emerged of late as she led the Lions in their previous competition with a fifth place finish at the Hoya Invitational (April 10-11).
Columbia is the Favorite Upon Entering Ivy League Championship Weekend
According to the Golfstat women’s golf rankings, Columbia enters this weekend with the highest national ranking among the Ivy League’s seven teams. Here are the national rankings:
In addition, in head-to-head competition at various invitationals in 2016-17, Columbia owns winning or .500 records against the other six other Ivy League schools: Brown 2-0, Dartmouth 2-0, Harvard 2-0, Penn 1-1, Princeton 2-1, Yale 3-1.
About the Orange Tree Golf Club
Orange Tree Golf Club’s challenging 18-hole championship golf course offers golfers of all abilities a thrilling golf experience amidst beautifully manicured surroundings. One of Orlando’s premier golf courses, Orange Tree Golf Club’s beautifully manicured 18-hole golf course is designed for all levels of play, and consists of five sets of tees ranging in total length from 5,183 yards from the Ladies’ tees to 7,036 yards from the Championship tees. Designed by Joe Lee and built in 1972, the golf course features tight tree-lined fairways, challenging doglegs, several water hazards, and fast, subtly contoured greens. With Bermuda grass on both fairways and greens, the course presents itself in immaculate condition all year round. The course is a stern but fair test of a golfer’s game, and culminates with three spectacular finishing holes. Holes 16, 17, and 18, also known as “The Loop”, offer picturesque views, but demand precision to successfully negotiate the water, out-of-bounds, and other hazards. They are three of the best finishing holes anywhere. For more information on the course, click here.
A Look Back to Last Year’s Ivy League Championships
Columbia finished in fourth place among seven teams at the 2016 Ivy League Championships, which were played at The Stanwich Club in Greenwich, Conn. Jackie Chulya finished in ninth place with a 235 (+16), Nancy Xu finished 14th at 240 (+21), Monique Ishikawa was 16th at 241 (+22), Camilla Vik placed 21st at 244 (+25) and Amy Ding added a 22nd place finish at 245 (+26). Harvard claimed the 2016 title. Overall Columbia carded a three-round 956 (+80).