ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. -- First-year Michelle Piyapattra opened her first Ivy League Championship in impressive fashion, firing an even-par 72 to take a three-stroke lead after the first day of the 54-hole tournament being held at the Atlantic City Country Club. Piyapattra was the only player in the 35-player field to shoot par or better, and holds a three-shot advantage over Harvard's Mia Kabasakalis.
As a team the Lions stand in fourth position at 321, seven shots behind third-place Penn and 11 strokes in back of top-ranked Yale.
Piyapattra had an up-and-down start, birdieing the par-5 first hole before double-bogeying the second and bogeying the third. After that, however, the Corona, Calif. native steadied the ship and shot three-under par over the next 13 holes to get to one-under on her round.
From there, Piyapattra bogeyed the 17th to fall back to even before parring her final hole of the day. The four birdies on her round tied for the best individually with three other competitors.
Junior Robin Lee was able to birdie her final hole of the day to close at 82, tying her for 19th place after the first 18 holes. Junior Lynda Kwon and first-year Jane Dong both reached red numbers after the first hole, with Kwon closing the afternoon one shot behind Lee at 83. Dong shot 84 and is tied for 28th, while sophomore Ashley Zambito tallied birdies on two of her final five holes to shoot 85.
The second round of the 2011 Ivy League Championship will take place on Saturday, April 23, beginning at 12:30 p.m.