OWINGS MILLS, Md. – Columbia seniors Michael Yiu and Ford Fischer each posted opening round scores of four-over 74 and are tied for seventh on the individual leaderboard, leading Columbia to a tie for third as a team after the opening round of the 2013 Ivy League Championship.
Taking the links at the par-70, 6,908-yard Caves Valley Golf Club in Owings Mill, Md., the Lions remained in striking distance of leader Penn. The Quakers are just nine strokes ahead of Columbia (292-301), while second-place Princeton is just three ahead of Columbia after shooting a team-score of 298.
Playing in their final Ivy League Championship, Yiu and Fischer both put together strong rounds to set the tone for Columbia. First-year Harrison Shih finished just two strokes behind the seniors, posting a 76 to complete the first 18 holes of his first conference championship tied for 15th.
Sophomore Brandon Jowers came in just a stroke back of Shih, carding a 77 and will start Saturday’s second round tied for 22nd. Andrew Kim will begin the second round tied for 31st after shooting an 80 on Friday.
Penn was propelled to the lead by Max Marsico’s two-under 68, the top score on the individual leaderboard after day one. Marsico was the lone competitor to post a score under par in the first round.
Columbia will pair with pair Yale tomorrow and be the first two teams to tee off from hole No. 1 at 12:30 p.m. Kim will lead things off with Sean Gaudette in the first grouping, with pairings slated to follow in nine-minute intervals.