FARMINGDALE, N.Y. - The Columbia men's golf team opened the 2013-14 season in a major way at the Doc Gimmler Tournament hosted by St. John’s at Bethpage State Park Red Golf Course last weekend, setting several team and individual records.

Overall, the Lions finished in a tie for fifth place with a team score of 839 (-10), marking the lowest 54-hole total since scoring 852 (E) at the Rutgers Invitational during the 2005-06 season. Columbia also set a new team record with a low-round score of 274, breaking the record of 280 shot during the second round of same tournament at Rutgers in 2005-06.

In addition, Columbia as a team carded a 36-round score of 565, which is the program’s second-best all-time, behind the record of 562 set at the Rutgers Invitational in 2005-06.

“The expectations this year are much higher,” said Columbia head coach Rich Mueller. “We expect to be in contention week in and week out and know we have the team to do it.”

Brandon Jowers’ career-best second-place finish with a score of 200 (-10) is the lowest ever by a Lion since 1993-94. He surpassed the record of 210, shot previously by three different Lions. Chris Condello shot 210 at Rutgers Invitational in 2005-06 (-3), Andrew Kim at the McLaughlin in 2011-12 (E) and Michael Yiu at NCAA East Regional (E).

Jowers carded a 68 in round one followed by career-best back-to-back rounds of 66, which were the low rounds each day of the tournament in addition to serving as the third lowest single round all-time for a Columbia men’s golfer, tied with Brendan Doyle’s 66 in the second round of the Ivy League Championship in 2009. Omer Salamat holds the program record of 64, set during the 1999-00 season at the McLaughlin.

First-year Christopher Chu was the next best Columbia finisher, posting a 71 in each of the first two rounds before trimming his final round score to 68 to finish even-par, tied for 14th. His 54-hole score of 210 ties him with the three previously mentioned Lions who shot the second-lowest score in program history.

Sophomore Harrison Shih, who at last year’s McLaughlin carded the second-lowest single round in program history (65), also posted a 66 in the third round to finish tied for 19th (+1).

“Brandon has hit his stride and is capable of winning tournaments,” stated Mueller. “Look for Harrison and Jowers to be leading the charge while being supported by five first-years and a very consistent senior captain, Andrew Kim.”

Up next, the Lions will take a week off from competition to host their annual Alumni Golf Outing on Friday, Sept. 20 before returning to competitive play at the Patriot Invitational on Saturday, Sept. 28 at Laurel Hill Golf Club.

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