MALVERN, Pa. – The men’s golf team from Army put up a strong fight Tuesday, but Columbia matched them stroke-for-stroke to come away with a one-stroke victory at the Wildcat Invitational. Both squads posted a 284 team score in the final round at White Manor Country Club, giving Columbia an 892-893 edge on the Black Knights.
The win is the first for the Lions since October of 2010 when Columbia topped a 16-team field at The Classic at Shelter Harbor in Westerly, R.I.
The familiar duo of Harrison Shih and Brandon Jowers paced the Lions with top-five individual finishes. Shih carded his best round of golf on Tuesday, scoring a 71 to finish tied for third with a combined score of 219. Jowers finished just one stroke back in a tie for fifth after registering a 72.
Senior Andrew Kim played his best golf of the tournament Tuesday, bringing a 73 into the clubhouse to end play tied for 22nd (228). First-year Tharusyan Pillay notched the best round of the day for any Lion, putting up a 70 to finish tied for 26th (229). Arjuna Anday continued to show improvement for the second straight round, carding a 71 to conclude play tied for 46th (233).
Christopher Chu, competing as an individual, recorded a 76 in the final 18 holes to finish tied for 31st (230).
Columbia has just under two weeks off from competition before competing in the Princeton Invitational on April 12-13.
1 COLUMBIA (311-297-284—892)
T3 Harrison Shih 75-73-71—219
T5 Brandon Jowers 77-71-72—220
T22 Andrew Kim 77-78-73—228
T26 Tharusyan Pillay 82-77-70—229
T31 Christopher Chu 81-73-76--230
T46 Arjuna Anday 86-76-71--233