Piyapattra Battles Nation's Best at Dr. Donnis Thompson Invitational in Hawai'i
Courtesy: Columbia University Athletics/Kari L. Williams

HAWAII -- Playing amongst some of the top players in the nation, Columbia first-year women's golfer Michelle Piyapattra more than held her own over the first 18 holes at the Dr. Donnis Thompson Invitational. Piyapattra is tied for seventh heading into the second round, in a field that features 14 of the top 100-ranked players in the country.

Playing as an individual in the event, Piyapattra started on the 16th hole via a shotgun start, and was three-under par after just five holes. A stretch of three straight birdies on the 18th, 1st and 2nd holes gave her the individual lead early.

A bogey-double-bogey stretch on the 5th and 6th holes bumped her back down to even, but Piyapattra was able to steady herself and parred the next eight holes en route to a first-round 73.

A full recap of the first day (36 holes) of the Dr. Donnis Thompson Invitational, which is taking place at the Kane'ohe Klipper Golf Course in Kane'ohe, O'ahu, will follow.