GALLOWAY, N.J. -- The Columbia women’s golf team battled through windy conditions at Seaview Golf Resort’s Bay Course on Friday and sits 12 strokes back of first place heading into Saturday’s second round.
The Lions combined to shoot 54-over 338 and are in fourth place. Penn leads all teams at 42-over 326. The weather conditions were so difficult that only three golfers carded rounds in the 70s on Friday. Harvard’s Bonnie Hu leads the 35-player field at 6-over 77.
Sophomore Michelle Piyapattra, the defending Ivy League individual champion and 2010-11 Ivy League Player and Rookie of the Year, is tied for fourth place and sits just three shots back of the lead at 9-over 80. Piyapattra shot 3-over 40 on the front and 6-over 40 on the back but ended her day on a strong note with a birdie on the par-5, 482-year 18th.
First-year Lisa Combs is tied for 13th after shooting 14-over 85. Combs was much better on the back, shooting 5-over 39 to make up for a 9-over 46 on the front nine. She birdied the par-4, 291-yard fifth hole.
Sophomore Jane Dong is tied for 17th at 15-over 86. She was 6-over 43 on the front and 9-over 43 on the back.
Senior co-captain Robin Lee is tied for 22 at 16-over 87. She was better on the front nine with a 6-over 43 before posting a 10-over 44 on the back nine. Lee birdied the par-4, 302-yard eighth hole.
Lynda Kwon also did better on the front than the back. The senior co-captain is tied for 25th at 17-over 88. She carded a 6-over 43 on the front before shooting 11-over 45 on the back. Lee birdied the par-4, 345-yard first hole.
Columbia will be in the second wave tomorrow morning for the second round. The Lions golfers will be paired with their counterparts from Dartmouth. Kwon will start things off for the Lions from the first tee at 8:40 a.m. with Lee, Dong, Combs and Piyapattra to follow in eight minute intervals.