HAWAII -- Columbia first-year women's golfer Michelle Piyapattra will compete as an individual at the prestigious 26th Annual Dr. Donnis Thompson Invitational, hosted by the University of Hawai'i at Manoa, beginning on Monday, March 14. The two-day, 54-hole tournament will take place at the Kane'ohe Klipper Golf Course in Kane'ohe, O'ahu.
Piyapattra had a stellar spring for the Lions, pacing the squad and ranking fourth among all Ivy League competitors with a 75.91 stroke average. The first-year player had a third-place finish at the Princeton Women's Invitational, then closed in eighth place at the Nittany Lion Women's Invitational. All told, Piyapattra finished in the top 15 in three of her four tournaments.
The host Rainbow Wahine will join Boise State, Cal State Northridge, Fresno State, Gonzaga, Hawai'i-Hilo, Idaho, Nevada, Sam Houston State, Seattle, Vanderbilt, Washington State, Wichita State, and Wyoming in the field.
Also competing are five teams ranked by Golfweek: Arizona (No. 10), Arizona State (No. 9), Notre Dame (No. 21), and UNLV (No. 74). In addition, Osaka Gakuin is making the trip all the way from Japan to compete in one of the biggest golf tournaments in the Aloha State.
Teams will play 36 holes on Monday and the final 18 on Tuesday, competing on a par-72 course checking in at 5,907 yards. All rounds will begin at 8:00 a.m. with a shotgun start.