Best of 2010: Men's Golf Wins Third Straight Ivy League Championship
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April 26, 2010
NEW YORK -- The Columbia men's golf team withstood a furious charge from Yale on the final day of competition and was helped by a herculean performance by Clark Granum to take home its third consecutive Ivy League Men's Golf Championship on April 26.
"It was a chess match," director of golf and head men's golf coach Rich Mueller said moments after leading his team to its third straight conference crown. "We just made all the right moves."
Nobody made more "right moves" on the tournament's final day than Granum, who shot a three-under par 67 on a less-than-stellar day that threw rain and wind at the entire field. Granum would go on to tie for the individual lead after 54 holes but dropped the one-hole playoff to Penn's Scotty Williams.
"The final round was a gut check but one I thought we could win," Mueller said looking back. "We stayed focused all day and stuck to our plan. We had a good idea how the last nine holes would unfold and were prepared for it. Clark's 67 was obviously the driving force and a performance I'll never forget."
With the victory, the Lions earned the Ivy League's automatic bid into the NCAA Championship for the third consecutive season.
"As they have always been, the moments after we knew we had won were surreal," Mueller concluded. "We had made such a huge comeback and then hung on to a narrow three stroke lead. The tenacity and consistency our team showed over the 54 holes proved that we were a worthy champion. It was again testament that absolutely nothing can top hard work and preparation."