NEW YORK – The Columbia men’s golf team will look to re-capture its spot atop the conference hierarchy this weekend when the Lions compete in the 2012 Ivy League Men’s Golf Championship at Galloway National Golf Club in Galloway, N.J.

The three-day, 54-hole conference championship will start with the first round on Friday at 8 a.m. Saturday’s second round begins at 11 a.m and Sunday’s final round will start at 8 a.m. Each round will begin at No. 1 and groups will tee off in eight-minute intervals.

The event will also feature live scoring on, so fans can follow the progress of Columbia’s golfers. There will also be a free “Fan Van” for those looking to attend Sunday’s final round at Galloway National Golf Club. The "Fan Van" will leave campus at 7 a.m. Sunday morning from 116th Street and Amsterdam and arrive at the course at about 9 a.m. It will leave to return to campus at the conclusion of the tournament.

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Brendan Doyle Michael Yiu Andrew Kim Ford Fischer Jordan Lee

This year's Columbia five-man squad competing in the 2012 Ivy League Men’s Golf Championship will feature senior Brendan Doyle, junior Michael Yiu, sophomore Andrew Kim, junior Ford Fischer and sophomore Jordan Lee.

For the first round, the Lions tee off paired with Princeton in the final group. Fischer starts things off at 10:15 a.m., followed by Doyle, Lee, Kim and Yiu in nine-minute intervals.

Columbia has dominated the Ivy League Men’s Golf Championship over the past four years with team titles in 2008, 2009 and 2010 and a runner-up finish last season. Doyle played on the last two championship teams and Yiu and Fischer played on the 2010 title squad.

This season, the Lions head into the conference championship with one of the strongest teams. Columbia’s Golfstat division rank of No. 160 is second only to Dartmouth’s No. 119. Golfstat also measures conference comparative win percentage, which is based on round robin and head-to-head comparisons of all Ivy League teams. The Lions are also second with a 64.207 percent conference comparative win mark.

Columbia’s 296.57 team round average stands as the fourth-best mark in the league. Columbia and Penn are the only two teams that have four golfers in the top 16 of individual round average. The Lions have shown that anyone on the team can step up and have a great tournament. Doyle, Fischer, Yiu and Kim each have two top-10 finishes on the year. Lee is playing some of his best golf of the year right now, with a 74.00 round average over the last two tournaments.

Senior | Beverly Hills, Calif.
Doyle will be the Columbia golfer to watch this weekend. He played crucial roles on the Lions’ 2009 and 2010 championship teams and placed in the top-8 in every Ivy League Championship from 2009-11. At the 2011 Ivy League Championship, also at Galloway National, Doyle shot 74-75-77—226 (+13) and placed third. He tied for seventh in 2010 with a 15-over 225 and tied for eighth in 2009 with a 2-over 214.

This year, Doyle ranks 13 in the Ivy League with a +3.55 average par score. He has a pair of fourth-place ties at The MacDonald Cup and The Princeton Invitational, tournaments that featured Ivy League foes. He carded the Lions’ lowest round stroke total in the first round of The MacDonald Cup with a 3-under 67. Doyle also shot a 3-under 68 in the first round of the Princeton Invitational, where he finished with the best Columbia individual tournament performance of the year at 2-under 211.

Junior | Laguna Hills, Calif.

Yiu has been the Lions’ top individual this season and his +2.39 average par score ranks fourth in the Ivy League. He has two years of Ivy League Championship experience under his belt and like Doyle, was a vital part of Columbia’s 2010 championship squad, tying for seventh at 15-over 225. At the 2011 Ivy League Championship, Yiu tied for 15th with an 83-78-75—236 (+23).

This year, Yiu leads the team with a 73.42 round average and has posted or tied for the squad’s best finish in four tournaments. The junior had a great fall season, shooting a pair of 69s at The McLaughlin en route to a 1-over 211 and posting top-5 finishes at the Cornell Invitational (t-5th, 1-over 217) and The Classic at Shelter Harbor (t-4th, 5-over 147). This spring, Yiu led the Lions at the USF Triumph at Pauma Valley (t-15th, 13-over 226) and at last week’s Navy Invitational (t-13th, 9-over 151).

Sophomore | Lake Mary, Fla.

Kim stands 11th in the Ivy League with a +3.38 average par score and is 74.42 round average is second-best on the team. At last year’s Ivy League Championship, he tied for 26th with an 83-78-80—241 (+28). Like Yiu, Kim had a strong fall season, shooting even-par 210 at The McLaughlin and tying for fifth at the Cornell Invitational and fourth at The Classic at Shelter Harbor. At the Cornell Invitational, Kim carded a 4-under 68, which tied as the best par score by a Columbia golfer this season. This spring, his best showing was a tie for 15th at the UALR First Tee Collegiate Classic when he shot 9-over 225.

Junior | Plano, Texas

Fischer played a key role in the Lions’ 2010 championship as his final-round 76 counted toward the team score and Columbia won the title by three strokes. This season, Fischer has two top 10s and he had his moments playing at an elite level. The junior tied for fifth at the Cornell Invitational with a 1-over 217. His finest performance was in the Princeton Invitational when he took eighth place with a 1-over 214. His 3-under 68 in the second round tied for the fourth-best round on the team this season.

Sophomore | Tarzana, Calif.

Lee tied for 32nd at last year’s Ivy League Championship at 32-over 244, but has made major strides this season. The sophomore is tied for 26th in in the Ivy League with a +4.94 average par score and his 76.16 round average is fifth on the team. Lee could be the X factor for Columbia this weekend as he has been hot in recent weeks, shooting 73 or lower in four of his last five rounds.