NEW YORK - The Columbia women's golf team will hit the links
for the first time this spring, traveling to Williamsburg, Va. to compete in
the C&F Bank Intercollegiate hosted by William & Mary from March 17-19.
Additionally, junior Michelle Piyapattra will travel to Augusta, Ga. to compete
in the Insperity Lady Jaguar Intercollegiate beginning Friday, March 15.
Live stats will be featured for both events at the following
Insperity Lady Jaguar Intercollegiate
C&F Bank Intercollegiate
The Insperity Lady Jaguar Intercollegiate will by hosted at
Augusta State's Forest Hills Golf Club. In its sixth year, the three-day,
54-hole event will feature 18 teams and a total of 99 individual competitors. Each
round will begin at 9 a.m., beginning with the first 18 holes Friday and
The 2011-12 Ivy League Player of the Year, Piyapattra will
look to continue a strong junior season that included three top-15 finishes
during the fall. The Corona, Calif. native posted her best finish of the fall
at the Murray State Drake Creek Invitational, claiming seventh to lead Columbia
to a fourth-place showing. Her best individual round came during the final 18
holes of the Nittany Lion Open where she shot a Columbia low-round record, 65,
to move up from 48th to 11th on the leaderboard.
As a team, the Lions will begin the spring 2013 campaign in
the 28-team C&F Bank Intercollegiate. For the second consecutive year, the
C&F will be played on the River Course at Kingsmill Resort. The course,
which will play at a par-71 and approximately 6,000 yards, is also home to the
LPGA Kingsmill Championship each year and has been the site of the Michelob
ULTRA Open (LPGA) and the Michelob Open (PGA) in the past.
The event is in its 25th year, but was played over 54 holes
for the first time in 2012 following the move to Kingsmill. The three-day
tournament will begin early Sunday afternoon and continue through Tuesday.
The 28-team field will feature: Boston College, Boston
University, Columbia, Delaware, Fairfield, Gardner-Webb, Hartford, High Point,
Hofstra, Lehigh, Longwood, Marshall, Monmouth, Mount St. Mary's, Navy, Penn,
Quinnipiac, Randolph-Macon, Richmond, Sacred Heart, St. Francis (Pa.), St.
John's, St. Leo, Towson, William and Mary, Winthrop, Wofford and Yale.
First-year Monique Ishikawa made an immediate impact for the
Lions in her first tournament at the collegiate level, finishing as the
runner-up at the Bucknell Women's Invitational. The Kailua, Hawaii native took
the early lead in Lewisburg, Pa. shooting a par-70 and remained in contention
for the title throughout the event.
Junior Jane Dong played a consistent fall, posting two
top-25 finishes. Sophomore Elizabeth Combs matched Dong with two top-25
showings, including a tie for 13th place at the Bucknell Women's Invitational.
The C&F Bank Intercollegiate is just one of three
tournaments the Lions will participate in before the Ivy League Championships,
being held from April 26-28. Columbia will host the Seventh Annual Roar-EE
Invitational at the Spook Rock Golf Course in Suffern, N.Y. on April 12 before
concluding the year with a trip to Barrington, R.I. to compete in the Brown