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The Columbia women's golf team took second place at the Monterey Bay Invitational.
Courtesy: Columbia University Athletics/Kari L. Williams

Women's Golf Posts Best Round of Season, Takes 2nd At Monterey Bay Invitational


MONTEREY, Calif. – Sophomore Jane Dong tied for sixth place and the Columbia women’s golf team shot up the leaderboard for the second-straight day on Tuesday en route to a second-place team finish at the Monterey Bay Invitational at Del Monte Golf Club. Each Columbia golfer set or matched her tournament low in the final round.

Columbia enjoyed its best team round of the season in the final round of the tournament with a 12-over 300. The Lions improved with each round and with a 321-309-300—930 (+66), they finished just three strokes out of first place. Wichita State had the best team round of the entire tournament with an 11-over 299 to close things out at 63-over 927.

Dong fired a final-round 3-over 75 to cap her best showing on the year. She improved with each round to finish at 78-77-75—230 (+14) and earn her second top-10 showing of her Columbia career and first of the season.

Fellow sophomore Michelle Piyapattra had the team’s lowest round of the tournament on Tuesday with a 2-over 74. She finished tied for 12th at 82-77-74—233 (+17) as she finished in the top 20 for the seventh time this season.

Senior co-captain Robin Lee had the Lions’ biggest improvement in the final round, lowering her score by four strokes with a 3-over 75 to finish tied for 16th at 81-79-75—235 (+19). Lee now has four top-20 showings on the season.

Senior co-captain Lynda Kwon matched her second-round, 4-over 76 on Tuesday to finish tied for 20th at 85-76-76—237 (+21). The top-20 finish was Kwon’s second of the year.

Rounding out the five-golfer team, first-year Lisa Combs posted her best finish as a Columbia Lion, tying for 25th at 80-82-79—241 (+25). Her final-round 7-over 79 tied for the best 18 holes of her collegiate career.

Competing as an individual, first-year Joanna Henry saw a five-shot improvement in the final round, carding an 87-88-83—258 (+42) to take 63rd place.

The Lions will next host the 6th Annual ROAR-EE Invitational April 13-14 at Spook Rock Golf Course in Suffern, N.Y.

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