Women's Golf in Search of Ivy League Title
NEW YORK – The Columbia women’s golf team will look to make its mark at the 2013 Ivy League Championships set to take place April 26-28 at Trump National Bedminster Golf Course in Bedminster, N.J.
The three-day, 54-hole conference championship will start with the first round on Friday at 11:30 a.m. Saturday’s second round will also tee off at 11:30 a.m. while Sunday’s final round will begin at 8 a.m. Each round is set to begin at No. 1 with groups teeing off in eight-minute intervals.
The Ivy League Women’s Golf Championship will also feature live scoring through Golfstat.com, so fans can follow the progress of Columbia’s golfers.
This year’s Columbia five-golfer team competing in the 2013 Ivy League Women’s Championship will feature: Michelle Piyapattra, Jane Dong, Spenser Krut, Monique Ishikawa and Lilette Mocio.
Piyapattra, the 2012 defending Ivy League Player of the year, continued to impress this year as the junior ranks first in the Ivy league and third in the nation with a low round score of 65, which she stroked her way to in the final round of the Nittany Lion Invitational earlier this fall. Piyapattra leads the Lions this season and checks in at eighth in the Ivy League standings with a 76.47 average round score and a 4.82 average par score.
Krut and Ishikawa were recently in the midst of a four-way tie for first place at the Roar-EE Invitational at Spook Rock Golf Course after each shot a score of 79, marking the first wins of both of their careers. In her solid first-year debut, Ishikawa ranks second for Columbia this season and 20th in the conference with a 78.56 average round score and 7.00 average par score.
Not far behind is Dong, who is averaging 79.39 per round and 7.83 above par, good for 24th overall in the Ivy League. Mocio has also been a key contributor for the Lions this year as the first-year is shooting an average round of 81.28 and 9.72 vs. par.
As a team, Columbia placed in the top half of each of its spring tournaments, including back-to-back top-five finishes to close out the regular season. The Lions tied for third at the 3rd Annual Roar-EE Invitational in Suffern, N.Y. on April 12 and most recently finished fourth at the Brown Bear Invite on April 15.
Columbia finished the regular season ranked fourth in the Ivy League with a 314.44 average team round score and a +28.22 average par score.
The Lions found success over several Ivy League opponents this year. At the Brown Bear Invite, Columbia tallied team scores of 315-312—627 to finish just four strokes off of third-place Harvard. At the Roar-EE Invitational, Columbia finished with a score of 341 to notch wins over both Penn and Dartmouth after also topping Penn at the C&F Bank Intercollegiate.