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Junior Michael Yiu
Courtesy: Columbia University Athletics/Gene Boyars

Men's Golf Surges In Second Round, Remains In Second At Ivy League Championship

Courtesy: Columbia University Athletics
          Release: 04/28/2012
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GALLOWAY, N.J. – The Columbia men’s golf team was outstanding on Saturday, shooting a 296 in the second round of the Ivy League Men’s Golf Championship at Galloway National Golf Club to remain second place and stay just four strokes back of first-place Dartmouth. Junior Michael Yiu is tied for second place at 7-over 149.

The Lions’ 12-over 296 was the second-best team score of the day. At 40-over 608, Columbia trails only Dartmouth, which leads at 36-over 604. Harvard is in third at 51-over 619.

Columbia is the only team with four players in the top 11. Yiu and sophomore Andrew Kim led the way for the Lions, each carding a 2-under 73 on a day with much more tolerable weather conditions. At 76-73—149 (+7), Yiu is tied with Penn’s Scott Williams and Harvard’s Akash Mirchandani for second place. Dartmouth’s Peter Williamson leads the field at even-par 142. Yiu tallied three birdies on the day on holes no. 6, 9 and 11. He was 1-over 36 on the front nine and 1-over 37 on the back.

Kim and sophomore Jordan Lee are tied for fifth place at 10-over 152. Kim enjoyed a six-stroke improvement from the first round with his 2-over 73 on Saturday. He was very steady on the front nine, reaching par on eight of nine holes with just one bogey for a 1-over 36. On the back nine he carded birdies on holes 11 and 12 before three bogies in the final four holes put him at 1-over 37. Lee improved on his score by four shots with a 3-over 74 in the second round. Lee was 1-over 36 with a birdie on the seventh hole and he birdied holes no. 12 and 16 to come in with a 2-over 38.

Senior Brendan Doyle is tied for 11th at 79-76—155 (+13). He was 4-under 39 on the front and 1-over 37 on the back nine. Doyle recorded birdies on holes no. 2, 11 and 17.

Junior Ford Fischer had the biggest improvement for the Lions, lowering his score by eight strokes. He is tied for 28th at 86-78—164 (+22). Fischer carded an impressive eagle on the par-5, 539-yard ninth hole to close the front nine with a 3-over 38. He birdied no. 13 and shot 4-over 40 on the back.

Columbia is in the final wave with Dartmouth once again on Sunday. Fischer will start things off at 10:45 with Doyle, Lee, Kim and Yiu to follow in nine-minute intervals.

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