HAWAI'I -- First-year Michelle Piyapattra went toe-to-toe with some of the top collegiate women's golfers in the nation at the Dr. Donnis Thompson Invitational, acquitting herself rather well at one of the top tournaments in the country. Piyapattra tied for 24th out of 108 golfers in the field and tied with Margarita Ramos of Arizona, ranked No. 19 in the nation and a second team All-American a season ago.
The Corona, Calif. native also out-did a pair of nationally-ranked players from Southeastern Conference power Vanderbilt -- No. 13 Marina Alex, who last season's SEC Player of the Year and a first-team All-American, and No. 30 Megan Grehan -- by a stroke. Piyapattra missed out on a top-20 finish by a single shot, closing the 54-hole event at 231.
The Columbia women's golf team will join Piyapattra in action on Wednesday, March 16 at the Paradise Desert Classic. Hosted by the University of Hawai'i at Manoa, the Lions will take on Hawai'i, Arizona State, Hawai'i-Hilo and Osaka Gakuin, a Japanese university. The 18-hole event will take place at the Luana Hills Course, with action beginning at 7:30 a.m. Hawai'i Time.