PHOENIX, Ariz.—After a blistering first day that saw him card back-to-back 69s, Columbia first-year Jeremy Perna followed the performance up with a stellar 70 in Saturday’s final round to finish in fifth place at the Grand Canyon University Men’s Golf Invitational.

Two teams and 10 individuals competed for Columbia in its first spring invitational. Columbia’s A Team tied for ninth place with a 287-295-287-869 (+17), while Columbia’s B Team finished six strokes behind in 12th place with a 284-291-300-875 (+23).

Perna, who finished with a 69-69-70-208 (-5), played steady golf on Saturday as he registered five birdies and missed par on only three holes all day. For the tournament, he fired 13 birdies and bogeyed only seven of 54 holes. Perna’s fifth place finish tied for Columbia’s highest placing in the 2016-17 season as both senior Arjuna Anday and junior Joshua Suh both finished in fifth in respective fall tournaments.

On Friday, Perna finished the first two rounds with back-to-back 69s at under-4 and trailed the individual tournament leaders by three strokes. He started off hot in the first round as he tallied back-to-back birdies on holes 2 and 3, then registered birdies on holes 12, 14 and 16. In the second round, he missed par on just one hole and used birdies on 10, 13 and 18 to finish with a 33 on the back 9. His back-to-back 69s tie Columbia’s mark for low round score in 2016-17 as senior Mert Selamet recorded a 69 at the Cornell Invitational this fall.

Suh carded Columbia’s second best performance of the weekend as he finished tied for 19th with a 71-72-70-213 (Even). After the first two rounds, he stood in 26th place, but registered five birdies on Saturday to move up in standing. He finished the weekend with 11 birdies.

Senior Christopher Chu also moved up in rank from 34th after the first two rounds to finish 27th overall. Chu shot a 72 on Saturday to finish with a 70-74-72-216 (+3) score. His five birdies today, including back-to-back birdies on holes 14 and 15, helped him total 13 birdies on the weekend.

Rounding out Columbia’s top golf performances on the weekend was first-year Nick Brisebois, who used five birdies to match his career-low round of 70 on Saturday. Brisebois shot a 73-75-70-218 (+5) to move up into 37th place.

Led by three top-10 individual finishes, Duke won the team title with a 287-269-273-829 (-23). The Blue Devils edged host Grand Canyon by six strokes. Grand Canyon’s Billy Comeaux won the individual title by one stroke after finishing with a 67-68-68-203 (-10).

GRAND CANYON UNIVERSITY INVITATIONAL TEAM LEADERBOARD

Phoenix, Ariz., GCU Golf Course (rounds 1-2: Par 71, 7,269 yards; round 3: Par 71, 7,212 yards)

Pos.

Team

To Par

Round 1

Round 2

Round 3

Total

1

Duke

-23

287

269

273

829

2.

Grand Canyon

-17

279

283

273

835

3.

Eastern Michigan

-4

285

274

289

848

4.

Loyola Marymount

-1

276

286

289

851

5.

Utah Valley

+2

290

282

282

854

6.

Wichita State

+9

287

288

286

861

7.

Northern Illinois

+10

285

289

288

862

8.

Indiana

+13

288

282

295

865

9.

UKMC

+17

286

295

288

869

9.

Columbia A

+17

287

295

287

869

11.

Duke B

+19

293

287

291

871

12.

Columbia B

+23

284

291

300

875

13.

Southern Utah

+25

291

296

290

877

14.

South Dakota

+37

296

295

298

889

15.

Omaha

+44

303

302

291

896

16.

CSU-Bakersfield

+46

301

294

303

898

COLUMBIA A PLAYER LEADERBOARD

Pos.

Player

To Par

Round 1

Round 2

Round 3

Total

T19

Joshua Suh

Even

71

72

70

213

T37

Nick Brisebois

+5

73

75

70

218

T67

Arjuna Anday

+11

73

75

76

224

T67

Curtis Chan

+11

70

82

72

224

T67

Mert Selamet

+11

76

73

75

224

COLUMBIA B PLAYER LEADERBOARD

Pos.

Player

To Par

Round 1

Round 2

Round 3

Total

T5

Jeremy Perna

-5

69

69

70

208

T27

Christopher Chu

+3

70

74

72

216

T67

Sunny Yan

+11

71

74

79

224

84

J Christian FitzGerald

+16

76

74

79

229

97

Tharusyan Pillay

-

74

0

80

154