ANNAPOLIS, Md. -- Playing in awful weather conditions at the Naval Academy Golf Course, the Columbia men's golf team is tied with perennial NCAA Tournament participent TCU for the top spot after the first round of the Navy Spring Invitational. The Lions shot 302 on a day where rain and wind wreaked havoc on golfers all day.
Senior Clark Granum managed an impressive two-over round of 73, fighting through precipitation and winds that reached up to 20 mph. He is knotted with Drexel's James Braunsberg for the individual lead.
Entering the tournament, the Horned Frogs of Texas Christian University were the prohibitive favorite -- having reached NCAA regional competition 21 straight seasons, including last season's at-large berth. But Columbia was undaunted and stayed right with the Mountain West Conference school.
In addition to Granum's round, junior Brendan Doyle and sophomore Michael Yiu put together rounds of 76 and are tied for ninth individually. Doyle's round consisted of an even-par 36 on the back nine, while Yiu carded 38 on both sides.
The Lions were the top scoring team in the 20-team field, tallying 10 birdies -- including four by both Granum and Doyle. Granum is tied with Lafayette's Rob Robertson for the top par-4 scoring average at 4.00 strokes per hole, and Columbia as a team is tied with the Leopards with a 4.16 average on par 4's.
First-year Andrew Kim was one-over par at the turn, and finished the first day tied for 15th at 77. Classmate Jordan Lee was impressive on the par-5 holes, averaging 4.50 strokes on the par 5's, en route to an 83.
The second and final day of the Navy Spring Invitational will take place on Sunday, April 17.