NEW YORK - Columbia men's golf coach Rich Mueller is pleased to announce the signing of three student-athletes to the class of 2017. Tharusyan Pillay, Christopher Chu and Arjuna Anday will join the Lions in the fall of 2013.
Arjuna Anday - Current
NJGS Ranking: 77
A Murfreesboro, Tenn. native, Anday has been a member of the Siegel High School golf team all four years. Ranked as the second best golfer in Tennessee and 108th nationally by AJGA, Anday is in his third season as team captain. Golfweek has also recognized Anday as the third ranked junior golfer in the Volunteer State and 160th nationally.
Over the past two years, Anday has three top-five finishes in AJGA events. He was the first alternate for the USGA Junior Am Qualifier and the second alternate for the PGA Junior Championship.
The Daily News Journal of Murfreesboro selected him as the 2011 Player of the Year. In 2012, Anday was selected to the all-mid state first-team and the all-area DNJ squad following a runner-up finish at the TSSAA AAA State golf tournament. Siegel captured the team title in 2012.
An AJGA HP Scholastic All-America honorable mention selection, Anday is a member of Siegel's National Honor Society, DECA Club, Key Club and Beta Club.
Christopher Chu - Current
NJGS Ranking: 115
Also from the West Coast, Chu hails from Fullerton, Calif., attending Sunny Hills High School. A four-year member of the Lancers' golf team, Chu was selected as the team captain for his senior campaign.
Chu has twice earned the distinction of Freeway League Champion (2010, 2011) and was selected as the MVP in 2011. Sunny Hills secured the team championship of the Freeway League also that season. In 2012, Chu received HP All-American Scholar honors and also claimed two top-15 finishes at junior tournaments. He finished tied for ninth at the Deutsh Bank Juniors for Charity Shootout and tied for 15th at the AJGA Junior at Robinson Ranch.
In each of his first three years of high school (2010-12), Chu has been a member of the Rotary Top 100 recognizing the top 100 GPA's in the Sunny Hills school district.
Tharusyan Pillay -
Current NJGS Ranking: 277
A native of San Jose, Calif., Pillay attended Saint Francis High School where he was a member of the golf team for four years. The top player on the junior varsity squad his freshman and sophomores seasons, Pillay played as the No. 2 for the varsity team as a junior and the top-seed as a senior. Competing in the West Catholic Athletic League, he has captured individual medalist honors on 12 occasions.
On the amateur circuit, Pillay has earned 15 Junior Golf Association of Northern California titles and two top-10 finishes at American Junior Golf Association events. Selected as a Future Collegians World Tour All-American, Pillay has one victory and three runner-up finishes at FCWT Junior Golf tournaments. Pillay also finished tied for fifth in the Boys 14 division at the U.S. Kids Golf Teen World Golf Championships in 2010.
In the classroom, Pillay has been a member of Saint Francis' honor roll every semester and is also a member of the National Honor Society.