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Michelle Piyapattra (fourth from left) won the individual title and the Lions finished in second place.
Courtesy: Columbia University Athletics/Stephen K. Lee

Piyapattra Defends Roar-EE Invitational Individual Crown As Lions Shine In 2nd Place Finish

Courtesy: Columbia University Athletics
          Release: 04/14/2012
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SUFFERN, N.Y. -- Sophomore Michelle Piyapattra was electric on Saturday, shooting a 3-under 69 to defend her individual title at the 6th Annual Roar-EE Invitational at Spook Rock Golf Course. The Columbia women’s golf team was outstanding as well, shooting a season-best, 9-over 297 in the final round to take second place.

Harvard won the tournament after shooting a 6-over 294 to finish at 24-over 600 and fend off the Lions’ final round surge. Columbia’s final team score was 309-297--606 (+30).

Head coach Kari Williams and the team also honored the contributions of seniors Robin Lee and Lynda Kwon with senior gifts prior to the awards ceremony.

Piyapattra finished at 75-69--144 (E), winning the tournament with a par putt on the 18th. Harvard’s Jane Lee took second place with a 75-70--145 (+5) and St. John’s Harin Lee was third at 73-75--148 (+4). Piyapattra fired four birdies on the day to finish with six for the tournament (tied for second most). Her 25 pars were the third most in the 75-player field. She ranked among the top five in par 5 scoring (tied for first, 4.75), par 4 scoring (tied for fourth, 4.10) and par 3 scoring (tied for second, 3.00). Her 3-under 69 tied for her best par score of her Columbia career. She last shot a 3-under 69 at the 2011 Ivy League Championship.

Sophomore Jane Dong tied for ninth, finishing with a 75-78--153 (+9). Dong led all golfers with 27 pars and closed play on Saturday with a birdie on No. 18. She was at her best on the par 3s, posting a 3.13 (+1) average to tie for sixth.

Lee had a two-stroke improvement on Saturday and tied for 12th with a 78-76--154 (+10). Lee tallied four birdies and 21 pars for the tournament. She tied for sixth on par 3s with a 3.13 (+1) average.

First-year Lisa Combs matched her first-round score with another 9-over 81 in the final round to finish at 18-over 162 and tie for 28th. Kwon rounded out the five-player team and had the biggest improvement for the Lions, lowering her score by 16 strokes with a 2-over 74 on Saturday to finish at 20-over 164 and tie for 34th.

Competing as an individual, first-year Joanna Henry also saw major improvements in the final 18 holes. She carded a 91-81--172 (+28) and tied for 48th. Junior Ashley Zambito also tied for 48th with an 89-83--172 (+28). First-year Maria Lu tied for 59th at 89-89--178 (+34).

The Lions will spend the next two weeks preparing for the Ivy League Championship, which will be held April 27-29 at Seaview Bay Course in Atlantic City, N.J.

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