AUGUSTA, Ga.—The Columbia women’s golf team opens its spring 2017 season this weekend when it competes in the 12th annual 3M Augusta Invitational on Friday, Saturday and Sunday at the Forest Hills Golf Club.

Hosted by Augusta University, Columbia is one of 14 teams who will compete this weekend including Augusta, Coastal Carolina, Daytona State College, East Tennessee State, Eastern Michigan, James Madison, Kennesaw State, Memphis, Ole Miss, Purdue, Tennessee, Troy and Virginia Tech.

The teams will compete on a par 72, 6,248-yard course. Round one will begin on Friday with tee times ranging from 9:30 a.m.-11:50 a.m. Round two on Saturday is the same format and round three will have a shotgun start at 9 a.m.

Additional information on the 3M Augusta Invitational can be found at this link. Live scoring can be found on at this link.

Columbia enters its spring campaign after completing its most successful fall season in program history. Led by head coach Amy Weeks, the Lions captured two tournament titles in October (Princeton Invitational and Yale Intercollegiate), placed higher than 42 of 51 opponents in four competitions and earned their highest-ever national ranking at No. 83. Boosted by the senior leadership of Jackie Chulya, Camilla Vik and Rachel Shi and returning four of the program’s all-time top golfers in stroke average, the Lions enter the spring as one of the favorites to win the Ivy League team championship.

This fall, Chulya led the Lions with four top-10 finishes, four under par rounds and a team-low 73.45 stroke average. In addition, Vik put together a solid fall as her highlight was a second place finish at the Princeton Invitational. First-year Ridhima Dilawari emerged as a key contributor as she placed among the top-25 in three invitationals, tallied a fifth place showing at the Yale Intercollegiate and totaled a 75.36 stroke average. The Lions also received key contributions from sophomore Amy Ding (78.45 stroke average), junior Nancy Xu (75.75 stroke average, two top-25 finishes), Shi (77.33 average) and first-year Emily Chu (79.00 average).

Columbia fall women's golf statistics are available at this link.

The 3M Augusta Invitational is the first of four invitationals that the Lions will compete in this spring.