NEW YORK – Winners each of its last three times out, the Columbia women’s golf team is swinging the hot club at the right time, as the 2014 Ivy League Championships will get under way this Friday, April 25 at Baltusrol Golf Club in Springfield, N.J. The three-round event will conclude on Sunday, April 27.

Columbia won three of the four tournaments it competed in this spring, culminating last Friday with a victory at the 8th Annual Roar-EE Invitational at Knickerbocker Country Club. It marked the first time Columbia won its own tournament and was highlighted by Monique Ishikawa repeating as the individual medalist.

Prior to the Roar-EE, the Lions posted wins at the Monterey Bay Invitational and the Seton Hall Pirate Invitational. Columbia dominated at Monterey Bay, capturing the top-five individual spots on the leaderboard, led again by Ishikawa. Senior Michelle Piyapattra won a playoff at Seton Hall to earn medalist honors, giving her six wins in her historic Columbia career.

Piyapattra enters the weekend ranked fifth in the Ivy League with a 3.37 score versus par and a 75.07 scoring average. In addition to her win at Seton Hall, Piyapattra grabbed top honors at the Bucknell Invitational in the fall.

Three other Columbia golfers enter the weekend in the top 20 of the Ivy League rankings. First-years Jackie Chulya and Rachel Shi are No. 18 and 19, respectively, while Ishikawa is No. 20.

Harvard enters the Ivy Championships as the highest ranked team nationally at No. 63. The Crimson have won five of the six tournaments they entered this year, most recently winning the Brown Invitational on April 14. First-year Anne Cheng is the second-ranked golfer in the Ancient Eight, while junior Tiffany Lim is fourth.

Yale heads to Baltusrol slotted second in the Ivy League with three wins on the year. The Bulldogs last win came at the Middleburg Bank Intercollegiate in Williamsburg, Va. on March 18. Yale last competed at the Seton Hall Pirate Invitational, losing by a stroke to Columbia. First-year Sandy Wongwaiwat is the top individual on the Yale roster, tied with Harvard’s Cheng for second in the Ivy League rankings.

Princeton’s Kelly Shon is the top-ranked individual with a 1.85 score versus par and a 73.85 scoring average.

WOMEN'S CHAMPIONSHIP (playing the upper course - Par 72, 6,278 yds.)
Friday: 8 a.m. start (all tee from No. 1)
Saturday: 11:30 a.m. start (all tee from No. 1)
Sunday: 8 a.m. start (all tee from No. 1)