CHARLESTON, R.I. -- The Columbia University men's golf team sits in first place after the opening day of The Classic at Shelter Bay, hosted by the University of Rhode Island. Columbia was the only team to shoot a sub-300 round on a blustery day and hold a one-shot lead over Harvard heading into the final day.
Sophomore Michael Yiu led the Lions with a round of 73, and is tied for fifth individually. First-year Jordan Lee is a stroke behind his teammate at 74 and is tied for 10th place, while classmate Andrew Kim and senior Justin Lee stand at 76 and are tied for 24th. Senior Clark Granum rounded out the Columbia competitors with an 81, and is tied for 60th.
Taylor Fontaine of Rhode Island is the tournament leader as his first-round 70 has him a stroke ahead of Harvard's Tony Grillo. URI, Hartford and Penn are all three strokes behind Columbia in the team title race at 302.
Elsewhere, four Columbia golfers are competiting as individuals at the NYU/Manhattanville Invitational at Spook Rock Golf Course this weekend. Junior Brendan Doyle shot an opening-round 71 and is atop the leaderboard by a stroke over Henry Fall of Elms College. Junior Sam Mysock shot a 73 and stands in third place, while sophomore Ford Fischer is tied for sixth at 76. Stephen LaRouere finished with an 81 and is tied for 23rd.
The final round of The Classic at Shelter Bay will take place on Sunday, Oct. 17.