PAUMA VALLEY, Calif. -- Columbia sophomore men's golf standout Michael Yiu finished the Triumph at Pauma Valley in style, closing with a four-under par round of 67 to take third place at the 54-hole event on Tuesday afternoon. As a team, the Lions shot their best round of the two-day tournament at 299 and tied for fifth place with Longwood.
Yiu had a fairly uneventful opening nine, with birdies on the 1st and 8th and bogies on the 4th and 9th for even-par 35. The second nine did not start off quite as well, as Yiu double-bogeyed the par-4 10th to put him at +2 for the round.
That's when the Laguna Hills, Calif. native turned up his play. Yiu eagled the par-5 11th, and after making par on each of the next three holes, finished his tournament birdie-birdie-birdie-birdie to earn his low round as a collegiate golfer. The sophomore's previous low round was a 69 at the first round of NCAA East Regionals a season ago.
First-year Andrew Kim had the next-best round of the day for the Lions, as he shot his second consecutive round of 75 and closed in a tie for 34th. Senior Clark Granum was the second-highest overall finisher for Columbia as he closed in 13th place at 222. First-year Jordan Lee closed in 48th at 237 while older brother Justin Lee tied for 55th at 240.
Four Lions played as individuals at the tournament, led by junior Sam Mysock who tied for 37th at 232. Classmate Brendan Doyle was one shot behind at 233 and tied for 40th, as did sophomore Ford Fischer. Sophomore Stephen LaRouere rounded out the competitiors for Columbia, tying for 42nd at 234.
Central Arkansas won the team championship by 19 strokes over the host school University of San Francisco. Ji Hwan Park of USF finished the tournament with a final-round 66, the low round of any golfer in the field, to claim medalist honors.
The Lions will return to action on Saturday, March 19, with a dual match against Ivy League foe Harvard at the Meadow Club in Fairfax, Calif.