GALLOWAY, N.J. – The Columbia women’s golf team enjoyed a remarkable 27-stroke improvement in Saturday’s second round of the Ivy League Women’s Golf Championship at Seaview Golf Resort’s Bay Course and the Lions sit just nine strokes back of the lead. Sophomore Michelle Piyapattra is tied for second place a 3-over 153.
Columbia shot a 27-over 312 in the second round and its 27 stroke improvement from a first-round 338 was the biggest of the tournament. At 81-over 649, Columbia sits in fourth place. Harvard is in the team leader at 72-over 640.
Piyapattra enjoyed a seven-stroke improvement from the first round. She is tied for second with Penn’s Isabel Han after carding an 80-73—153 (+11) through the first 36 holes. Harvard’s Bonnie Hu leads the field at 8-over 150. Piyapattra birdied the par-4, 421-yard second hole and shot 3-over 40 on the front nine. She was steady on the back nine, birdying the par-4, 337-yard 10th hole en route to a 1-under 33.
Senior Lynda Kwon was the tournament’s most-improved player. She was 11 strokes better in the second round and is tied for 13th at 88-77—165 (+23). Kwon was 3-over 40 on the front nine with birdies on no. 5 and no. 6. She was 3-over 37 on the back and birdied no. 12 and no. 18.
Sophomore Jane Dong lowered her score by six shots. She is tied for 16th at 86-80—166 (+24). Dong was 4-over 41 on the front nine with a birdie on the third hole. She was 5-over 39 on the back nine with a birdie on No. 11.
Senior Robin Lee is tied for 20th at 87-81—168 (+26). She carded a 4-over 40 on the front and a 6-over 40 on the back. First-year Lisa Combs is in 23rd place after shooting 85-84—169 (+27). Combs was 7-over 44 on the front and 6-over 40 on the back.
Columbia will tee off the final round paired with Brown. Combs will start things off for the Lions at 8:40 p.m. with Lee, Dong, Kwong and Piyapattra to follow in eight-minute intervals.