TALLAHASSEE, Fla.—The Columbia women’s golf team concluded day one at the highly-competitive Florida State Match-Up Friday at the Don Veller Seminole Golf Course. Competition will commence on Saturday with the final 18 holes beginning at 1 p.m.


Columbia finished the first two rounds of competition in 12th place at +40 (307-309-616).


Sophomore Emily Chu led the Lions with a 50th place finish through two rounds at +10 (75-79-154). She sank an eagle on the 15th hole, registered a birdie and parred 10 holes to finish the first round at +2. In the second round, Chu added another birdie and 10 pars.


Junior Amy Ding finished one stroke behnd Chu in 53rd place at +11 (79-76-155). In the first round, Ding carded 13 pars, including eight consecutive on the back nine. She added two birdies (holes 5 and 11) and 11 pars to finish the second round at +4 (76). Ding’s 24 pars rank 17th among the 66-player field.


Three Columbia first-years finished day one tied in 61st place including Katie Lee (+14, 78-80-158), Kim Chiang (+14, 75-83-158) and Qingyi Symba Xu (+14, 83-74-158). Lee concluded the first day with 22 pars.


South Carolina enters Sunday in first place at -15 (273-288-561), followed by Coastal Carolina at -8 (284-284-568). South Carolina’s Ainhoa Olarra tops the individual leaderboard at under-9 (66-69-135).


Columbia is one of 12 schools competing in the prestigious event including seven nationally top-50 ranked teams. Columbia joins host Florida State, Texas A&M, South Carolina, Virginia, Missouri, Coastal Carolina, Princeton, Notre Dame, Kentucky, Minnesota and Michigan State in the field.


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.