Men's Golf Wins Team Title at The Classic at Shelter Bay; Doyle Victorious at NYU Invite
WESTERLY, R.I. -- The Columbia University men's golf team concluded its fall season in impressive fashion, taking home the team title at The Classic at Shelter Bay on Sunday afternoon. The Lions fired a tournament-best 289 on the final day to win the event by nine strokes over Harvard. All eight Ivy League teams and a total of 16 squads competed at the event, hosted by the University of Rhode Island at Shelter Harbor Golf Course.
First-year Andrew Kim led the way on the final day, shooting a career-best, one-under par 70 to vault into a tie for seventh place. Kim was the most steady competitor all weekend for Columbia, as he totaled 28 pars over 36 holes to tie for the tournament lead in the category with the Crimson's Tony Grillo.
Fellow newcomer Jordan Lee also had a strong couple of days, finishing in 10th place at 147. Lee took advantage of the par-4 holes, shooting even par over his two rounds which ranked fourth amongst individual golfers. The Tarzana, Calif. product also finished the fall season with the team's best scoring average at 72.4.
As a team, the Lions had the lowest team stroke average on both par-4 (4.23) and par-5 (5.00) holes and tied with Dartmouth for the team lead in pars at 112.
Sophomore Michael Yiu was one of three players in the tournament to record an eagle, and closed out his tournament tied for 11th place at 148. Senior Clark Granum bounced back from a tough first round with an even-par 71 on Sunday, and tied for 32nd at 152. Justin Lee was a stroke behind his classmate in a tie for 36th at 153.
Closer to home, junior Brendan Doyle scored his first career individual title as he took home medalist honors at the NYU/Manhattanville Invitational. Doyle, who along with three other Lions participated in the event as an individual, shot a final-round 74 to finish the 36-hole tournament at 145, one stroke ahead of Henry Fall of Elms College. Junior Sam Mysock closed the tournament in a tie for seventh, while sophomores Ford Fischer and Stephen LaRouere each finished tied for 18th.
The Lions, who have won three consecutive Ivy League championships, will open their 2011 spring season at the University of San Francisco's Triumph at Pauma Valley tournament on March 14-15.