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Columbia sophomore standout Michelle Piyapattra sits in ninth place in the Challenge at Onion Creek following Monday's first two rounds at Onion Creek Club in Austin, Texas.
Courtesy: Columbia University Athletics/Gene Boyars

Piyapattra In Ninth After First Two Rounds Of Challenge at Onion Creek

Courtesy: Columbia University Athletics
          Release: 11/07/2011
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Results From Rounds 1 & 2

AUSTIN, Texas -- Columbia sophomore standout Michelle Piyapattra sits in ninth place in the Challenge at Onion Creek following Monday's first two rounds at Onion Creek Club in Austin, Texas.

Piyapattra carded a 71-74-145 (+5) and sits six strokes of the leader, Texas Tech's Gabriella Dominguez (1-under 139).

She opened play this morning at 8 a.m. from the 16th tee in a group with McNeese State's Elin Andersson and Arkanas-Little Rock's Britny Brauburger and carded a 1-over 71 in the first round to enter afternoon play tied for seventh. She enjoyed birdies on holes 17, 3 and 5.  In the second round, Piyapattra birdied the par-5 18th en route to a 4-over 74.

Piyapattra is second among the 10 players competing individuals in the tournament, trailing only Texas State's Valdis Jonsdottir (2-over 142).

Tuesday's second round starts at 8:30 a.m. Fans can follow Piyapattra's progess with free live statistics provided by Golfstat, here.

Piyapattra is currently ranked as the no. 141 women's golfer in the nation by Golfweek.com. The Challenge at Onion Creek will be a good test for her as six teams in the top 60 are in the field.

Piyapattra is coming off a win in the Harvard Invitational on Oct. 16. She carded a 77-72--149 (+5) to earn the fourth title of her collegiate career. The victory also marked her third top-2 finish of the fall.


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