PRINCETON, N.J.—Junior Joshua Suh paced the Columbia men’s golf team as he fired a two-under-par 140 to finish the first 36 holes at the 31st annual Princeton Invitational in fourth place out of 75 golfers Saturday at Springdale Golf Course. Suh led Columbia, which enters Sunday’s final 18 holes tied for seventh place in the 14-team invitational at +24 after carding a 306-286-592 on Saturday. The Lions roared back in the second round, totaling a 286, which ranked as the round’s fourth lowest team score.

Bolstered by a three-under-par 68 in the second round, Suh finds himself six strokes behind individual leader Lloyd Jefferson of Seton Hall (-6, 69-65-134), three strokes behind Harvard’s Austin Capart (-5, 71-66-137), and one stroke behind Cornell’s Chris Troy (-3, 69-70-139) heading into Sunday.

Suh caught fire on the first round’s back nine. He parred the 10th and 11th holes, buried an eagle on the par-5 12th hole, then shot par on six straight holes. Using that momentum, the second round’s front nine saw him par the first four holes, the shoot birdies on three of the next four holes. Overall, in the second round, he fired five birdies including the fifth hole, back-to-back birdies on holes 7 and 8, holes 13 and 17. On the day and 36 holes, Suh finished with one eagle, five birdies, 25 pars and only five bogeys.

Suh’s 68 marks the lowest round shot by a Columbia golfer this season, besting two 69s by first-year Jeremy Perna at the Grand Canyon University Invitational.

Senior Christopher Chu finished the first day in a tie for 30th place at plus-7 with a 79-70-149. Chu came on strong in the second round’s back nine, carding birdies on four of his last five holes (14, 16, 17 and 18 holes). He led the Lions with six birdies on day one.

Senior Mert Selamet and senior Arjuna Anday are currently in a tie for 52nd place at +12. Selamet finished with a 79-75-154 score after totaling four birdies on the day. Anday shot a 76-78-154, totaling back-to-back birdies on holes six and seven in the first round.

First-year Cullen Chung rounded out the Columbia scoring with an 82-73-155 (+13), which put him in 59th place. His 73 in the second round included three birdies and 11 pars.

On Sunday, tee times are determined by Saturday’s finish as the Lions will tee off at 9:13 a.m. More information on the weekend invitational is available at this link, while updated live scoring can be found at this link.

Columbia is one of seven Ivy League programs who are competing in the two-day, 54-hole Princeton Invite. The Springdale Golf Club has a par of 71 with a course length of 6,414 yards.

Minnesota leads the team standings heading into Sunday with a 279-294-573 (+5).

PRINCETON INVITATIONAL TEAM LEADERBOARD

Princeton, N.J., Springdale Golf Course (Par 71, 6,414 yards) 

Pos.

Team

To Par

Round 1

Round 2

Round 3

Total

1

Minnesota

+5

279

294

--

573

2.

Princeton

+7

292

283

--

575

3.

Seton Hall

+9

296

281

--

577

3.

Harvard

+10

293

284

--

577

5.

Cornell

+15

294

289

--

583

6.

Rutgers

+19

294

293

--

587

7.

Yale

+24

296

296

--

592

7.

Columbia

+24

306

286

--

592

9.

Georgetown

+25

301

292

--

593

10.

Penn

+28

299

297

--

596

11.

Temple

+34

310

292

--

602

12.

Saint Joseph’s

+36

309

295

--

604

13.

Rider

+47

309

306

--

615

14.

Brown

+55

314

309

--

623

COLUMBIA PLAYER LEADERBOARD

Pos.

Player

To Par

Round 1

Round 2

Round 3

Total

4

Joshua Suh

-2

72

68

--

140

T30

Christopher Chu

+7

79

70

--

149

T52

Mert Selamet

+12

79

75

--

154

T52

Arjuna Anday

+12

76

78

--

154

T59

Cullen Chung

+13

82

73

--

155