ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. -- The Columbia women's golf team will be in search of the program's second conference title this weekend, as it takes on six Ivy League competitors at the Ivy League Women's Golf Championships in Atlantic City, N.J. The Lions tangle with the rest of the conference in a 54-hole tournament at Atlantic City Country Club, beginning on Friday at 8 a.m.
At the fifth annual Roar-EE Invitational last weekend, first-year Michelle Piyapattra won her second tournament of the spring by coming from four strokes behind on the final, rain-shortened day. Piyapattra birdied the ninth hole at Spook Rock Golf Course, helping her to a two-stroke victory over Siena's Katelynn Mannix in the 27-hole event.
As a team, Columbia finished third behind co-champions Penn and Fairleigh Dickinson by tying for the best team score on the final day of competition, which was halted after nine holes due to heavy rain and wind.
Junior Robin Lee tied Piyapattra for the low round by a Lion on Saturday at the Roar-EE, and tied for seventh overall. Lee ranks second on the team in stroke average behind the first-year phenom, who has a 76.39 stroke average through 18 rounds this season.
Lee's classmate, Lynda Kwon, also shot 38 over nine holes in the second round of the Columbia-hosted event to tie for 11th. Last season, Kwon took home second team All-Ivy League honors after tying for seventh place at the Ivy League Championship. Sophomore Ashley Zambito and first-year Jane Dong round out the starting lineup for the Lions, and will be making their first appearance at the conference championship this weekend.
The Quakers are looking to defend their conference crown this weekend, after taking last season's event by 22 strokes over second-place Yale. The Bulldogs' Alyssa Roland has an opportunity to become the just the fourth repeat medalist in tournament history, after winning the 2010 tournament by a stroke over Penn's Isabel Han.
Live scoring of this year's championship can be accessed by using the link above. Full recaps and scores will be available following each round on gocolumbialions.com.