NEW YORK—Columbia women’s golf coach Amy Weeks officially announced the program’s 2017 recruiting class on Friday. Columbia will welcome three golfers to the 2017-18 team including Kim Chiang, Katie Lee and Qingyi Symba Xu.

 

“We are extremely excited to welcome this class to Columbia,” Weeks said. “All three of these players are extremely well-rounded and experienced. Each golfer brings varying experience levels to our squad, all three are long-term contributors and great students and we think all three will contribute to the team immediately. It might be the most experienced class Columbia has ever had from top-to-bottom.”

 

The three student-athletes join four returning letterwinners including rising senior Nancy Xu, junior Amy Ding and sophomores Ridhima Dilawari and Emily Chu.

 

Columbia is coming off a successful 2016-17 season which saw it earn its highest national ranking in school history, win two fall invitationals and finish in third place at the 2017 Ivy League Championship in April. Two golfers—graduating senior Jackie Chulya (5th place) and Dilawari (9th place) earned All-Ivy League honors, while Dilawari was named the program’s first-ever Ivy League Rookie of the Year.

 

KIM CHIANG

5-4, Dubai/Dubai American Academy

 

HIGH SCHOOL

 

A 2017 graduate of Dubai American Academy in Dubai, UAE, where she played four years of golf for the Leopards … Earned first place honors at the Middle East South Asia Conference Tournament … Set the ladies course record with a six-under-par (66) at the Jumeirah Golf Estates Course in Dubai in 2016 and a five-under-par (67) at the Els Golf Club in 2015 … Three-time first place finisher at the Emirates Golf Federation Championship in 2015, 2016 and 2017 … Two-time first place finisher at the Faldo Series Middle East Girls Championship in 2015 and 2016 … Won numerous Ladies Open titles including Dubai Creek, Montgomerie, Jumeirah Golf Estates, RAK and Al Ain … Named team Most Valuable Player in 2015 and 2016 … Served as team captain for three seasons … Also played varsity soccer as a sophomore and senior … Organized annual golf charity events for Dubai Cares for the past three years … Earned high academic honors throughout high school.

 

PERSONAL

 

Born Kim Chiang on September 26, 2000 … Daughter of Jin Chiang and Gaik Hoon Tew … Has a sister Cheng Choo (CC) … Currently undecided on major … Hobbies and interests include travelling and reading … Chose Columbia because it was the “perfect” school to get a top quality education and compete against some of the best collegiate golfers … Enrolled at Columbia College.

 

KATIE LEE

5-6, Ringoes, N.J./Hunterdon Central Regional H.S.

 

HIGH SCHOOL

 

A 2017 graduate of Hunterdon Central Regional High School in Flemington, N.J., where she played four years of golf for head coach Fran Gacos … Earned All-American honors as a junior … Named the New Jersey Girls Golfer of the Year, while her team was selected the state girls golf team of the year by NJ.com as a senior … Captured seven high school golf tournaments during four-year career … Led team to state title as a senior in 2017 … Finished in second place individually after firing seven birdies during the 2017 state tournament as a senior … Finished her senior year with a 9-hole average of 36 … Won three tournaments during her senior year … Captured the Hunterdon/Warren/Sussex Tournament by four strokes … Won the NJSIAA North Jersey Section 1 Tournament with a 71 … Hit a hole-in-one and shot a 69 in winning the Skyland Conference Tournament … Led the Red Devils to New Jersey’s Tournament of Champions title and county title in 2017 … The Red Devils also went undefeated in county competition since the start of women’s golf in New Jersey … Overall, led her team to four straight county titles and a 45-12 overall four-year record … Named team captain as a senior … Four-time team Most Valuable Player … Won two individual tournament titles and averaged a 9-hole 37 as a junior … Won two individual titles and averaged a 9-hole 39 as a sophomore … Involved in volunteer activities and community service including playing music at senior care center.

 

PERSONAL

 

Born Kathleen Jiyeon Lee on July 28, 1999 in Yardley, Pa. … Daughter of Minkyu and Sooha Lee of Ringoes, N.J. … Has a sister Seungyeon Lee … Father attended Seoul National University … Family owns a leopard gecko … Played violin since she was three years old up until eighth grade and also played in her school orchestra … Enjoys New York for its musicals, plays, museums and food … Role model is her sister … Chose Columbia because it was her “dream school ever since she visited during her sophomore year of high school” … Selected Columbia because of its “incredible” economics program and golf team and the fact that she will get a good mix of competitive golf and rigorous academics … Enrolled at Columbia College … Intends to major in Economics and has plans to obtain a Masters degree.

 

QINGYI SYMBA XU

5-6, San Diego, Calif./Cathedral Catholic H.S.

 

HIGH SCHOOL

 

A 2017 graduate of Cathedral Catholic High School in San Diego, Calif. … Shot a low round of 68 in the EagleDream Golf Academy Championship in 2015 … Won the FCG National Tour Valley Open College Aged Division in 2017 with a 72-75-147 … Competed on the fencing team for two seasons and the junior varsity boys golf team … Also attended high school in Bradenton, Fla. … High honor roll student … Earned a variety of academic honors including Excellence in Biology (2014) and Best Sophomore Research Paper (2015) … Two-year college Mathematics Honor Society member (2016) … National Honor Society member … Mu Alpha Theta National High School … Involved in a variety of community service activities … Served as a translator (English-Chinese) and assistant coach at a golf academy … Volunteered at the NCAA Golf Championships … Involved with community service week at her school with activities consisting of house painting, food packaging, walking service dogs and cleaning up farms.

 

PERSONAL

 

Born Qingyi Symba Xu on March 18, 1999 … Daughter of Chengjian Xu and Tingting Chen … Father is a business owner, while mother is a violinist … Can speak Chinese … Hobbes and interests include swimming, reading and skateboarding … Role model is Jordan Spieth … Chose Columbia because it offers a unique core curriculum that enables a student to become a well-rounded individual … Also considered Penn … Enrolled at Columbia College … Intends to major in Economics/Applied Mathematics.