PHOENIX, Ariz.—First-year Arjun Puri accumulated a five-over-par 218 to place 26th among 93 golfers as the Columbia men’s golf team opened spring competition this weekend at the Grand Canyon Invitational. Puri shot a 73-73-72-218 at the three-day, 54-hole invitational to lead seven Columbia golfers at the event, which concluded Saturday at the GCU Championship Golf Course.


The Lions finished in 14th place overall at plus-55 (303-305-299-907). Saturday proved to be the Lions’ most successful day as the squad posted a plus-15 (299).


Puri played steady, consistent golf all weekend long. He fired nine birdies and parred 33 holes. In Friday’s second round, he finished at minus-1 by posting two birdies and six pars on the back nine. In Saturday’s final round, Puri totaled four birdies and six pars while shooting a career-low 72. The performance marked Puri’s highest finish and lowest score of his young collegiate career.


Following Puri, were sophomore Nick Brisebois, who finished in 70th place at plus-15 (75-76-77-228) and senior Joshua Suh, who finished in 75th place at plus-18 (77-79-75-231). Suh led the Lions with nine birdies on the weekend. Junior Sunny Yan placed 75th at plus-18 (78-77-75-231) and sophomore Cullen Chung rounded out Columbia scorers in 82nd place at plus-21 (79-79-76-234).


First-years John Robertson and Dan Terrell both competed as individuals. Robertson finished in 73rd place at plus-17 with a 72-83-75-230 and Terrell placed 77th at plus-19 with a 74-79-79-232. Robertson tallied seven birdies including three in career-low 72 first round and Terrell added four.


Pacific’s Casey Scott won the individual title after shooting a six-under-par 207 (69-69-69) and No. 40 ranked Missouri won the team title after shooting a two-under-par 850 (279-278-293).


Sixteen teams competed at the event including Columbia, host Grand Canyon, Missouri, Long Beach State, Wichita State, Northern Illinois, UMKC, Western Carolina, Pacific, North Dakota State, Drake, Hawaii, Omaha, CSU-Northridge, UC Riverside and Colorado State (individuals only).


Complete team and individual scoring is available at this link. Information on the GCU Golf Course is available at this link.


The event is the first of five spring tournaments that the Lions will compete in. Next up for the Lions is the Seahawk Invitational in Wilmington N.C. on March 25-26.