TALLAHASSEE, Fla.—The Columbia women’s golf team played the final 18 holes at the highly-competitive Florida State Match-Up Saturday at the Don Veller Seminole Golf Course. In a competition which featured seven top-50 nationally ranked teams, Columbia concluded the two-day, 54-hole event in 12th place at +58 (307-309-306-922).


Sophomore Emily Chu shot a 75 on Saturday to finish with the lowest total score for Columbia. She led the Lions in 46th place at +13 (75-79-75-229). Chu carded two birdies and 10 pars in Saturday’s third round. On Friday, she sank an eagle on the 15th hole, registered a birdie and parred 10 holes to finish the first round at +2 and added another birdie and 10 pars in the second round.


Junior captain Amy Ding finished two strokes behind Chu in 50th place at +15 (79-76-76-231). Ding tied for third among all 66 golfers with 39 pars on the weekend. On Saturday, she shot par in 15 of 18 holes, including 10 consecutive from holes 4 through 13. In Friday’s 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).


First-year Katie Lee shot a team-low 74 on Saturday and finished in 52nd place at +16 (78-80-74-232). She also finished the weekend with 34 birdies, which ranked 23rd among all golfers.


Rounding out Columbia scorers included Kim Chiang, who finished in 64th place at +23 (75-83-81-239) and Qingyi Symba Xu who finished in 66th place at +25 (83-74-84-241).


South Carolina won the team championship with an under-16 (273-288-287-848) score. The Gamecocks defeated second-place Michigan State by five strokes and were led by individual champion Ainhoa Olarra, who topped the individual leaderboard at under-10 (66-69-71-206).


Columbia was 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.


Live scoring for the Florida State Match-Up can be found on www.golfstat.com at this link.


Columbia is back in action when it competes at the 3M Augusta Invitational on March 16-18.