SPRINGFIELD, N.J. – For the fourth time in the last seven years, the Columbia men’s golf team is the Ivy League Champion after capturing a 12-stroke victory over Yale Sunday at Baltusrol Golf Club in Springfield, N.J. The title is the fifth in program history for the Lions and their first title since 2010.
“We lost to Harvard and Yale by 32 shots at Princeton and we talked about the difference in the golf course and how we were just going to play our game and not worry about the other stuff,” said head coach Rich Mueller after the tournament. “We came up with a good practice plan this week and it worked.”
“They’re great guys, they all work very hard, they deserve it and I’m just proud.”
The Lions entered the day with an 11-stroke lead, following a historic second round. Columbia carded a team score of 276 on Saturday, the third-lowest team round in program history, and 13 strokes lower than any other round shot at Baltusrol this weekend.
Columbia had three golfers finish in the top-10, led by a fourth-place finish by junior Brandon Jowers. Jowers (74-69-75—218) was named the co-Ivy League Player of the Year and earns a spot on the All-Ivy League first team for his strong performance over the three-day tournament. On the final day of competition, Jowers scored 11 pars and two birdies en route to a 75.
Harrison Shih (77-70-73—220) joins Jowers on the All-Ivy League first team, finishing tied for fifth after carding a team-best 73 on Sunday to finish the tournament with a tournament score of 220. Shih’s final round was a model of consistency, scoring 12 pars and two birdies.
First-year Tharusyan Pillay (77-69-77—223) earned a spot on the All-Ivy League second team, finishing tied for ninth. The rookie shot a career-best round on Saturday (69) and then posted a 77 on Sunday with nine pars and a birdie.
Classmate Christopher Chu matched his career-best round (68) on Saturday before turning in an 81 to finish tied for 15th in his first Ivy League Championship.
Senior Andrew Kim made it five Lions in the top-25, finishing tied for 24th and shooting back-to-back 78’s in the final two rounds.
Columbia now waits until May 5th to determine which of the six NCAA regional sites it will compete at. The selections for all the regionals will be announced live on Golf Channel’s Morning Drive show from 10-11 a.m. The show will also be streamed live on Golf Channel’s site, Golf Live Extra. NCAA Division I Regional events will be played from May 15-17.
Player of the Year
Brandon Jowers, Columbia
Sam Bernstein, Yale
Rookie of the Year
Robert Deng, Harvard
Second Team All-Ivy League
Ben Cooley, Penn
Scott Jaster, Dartmouth
Greg Jarmas, Princeton
Tharusyan Pillay, Columbia
Joe Willis, Yale
Sam Bernstein, Yale