TALLAHASSEE, Fla.—Columbia women’s golf will open its 2018 spring season at the fifth annual Florida State Match-Up Tournament this weekend at the Don Veller Seminole Golf Course in Tallahassee, Fla.


Columbia is one of 12 schools competing in the prestigious event including host Florida State, Texas A&M, South Carolina, Virginia, Missouri, Coastal Carolina, Princeton, Notre Dame, Kentucky, Minnesota and Michigan State.


The Florida State Match-Up is the first of its kind in NCAA Division I Women’s Golf. Originally, six teams were invited to compete in Tallahassee. Those six teams were able to contact a team of their choice to partner up with for the tournament. The Match-Up portion of the tournament will be determined by taking the best four scores from the partners (which is a total of 10 players) and the worst score to make the Match-Up team total. At the end of the tournament, the teams with the lowest score will win the Match-Up. An individual and team champion will also be crowned.


Five Columbia golfers will compete in the event including junior captain Amy Ding, sophomore Emily Chu and first-years Katie Lee, Kim Chiang and Qingyi Symba Xu. Sophomore Ridhima Dilawari will not compete during the spring 2018 season.


Columbia will tee off with Princeton beginning at 8:30 a.m. on Friday. The teams are running through a practice round today.


Live scoring for the Florida State Match-Up can be found on www.golfstat.com at this link. Check back at www.gocolumbialions.com and on www.twitter.com/columbiawgolf for updates throughout the weekend. More information from Florida State can be found at this link.


The weekend’s event marks the first of four tournaments on the Lions’ 2018 spring schedule. Columbia will also travel to the 3M Augusta Invitational (March 16-18), Wagner University Vanessa Perrine Memorial Tournament (April 8-9) and Ivy League Championship (April 20-22). The Ivy League Championship will take place at the Metedeconk National Golf Club in Jackson, N.J.



Friday-Sunday, Feb. 9-11, 2018, Don Veller Seminole Golf Course, Tallahassee, Fla.


Match-Up Pairings

Florida State/Texas A&M; South Carolina/Virginia; Missouri/Coastal Carolina; Columbia/Princeton; Notre Dame/Kentucky; Minnesota/Michigan State


Format: 54 holes of stroke play. 18 holes each of the three days.

Par/Yardage: 72/6,212 yards