ANNAPOLIS, Md. -- Senior Clark Granum shot a one-over par 73 to finish one stroke off the pace at the Navy Spring Invitational on Sunday. As a team, the Columbia men's golf squad earned runner-up honors by finishing second in the 20-team field.
On a day that saw scoring averages drop nearly four strokes, Granum and the rest of the Lions also dropped their team score by seven strokes. Unfortunately for Columbia, TCU also improved on its first-round score -- by 20 strokes -- to take the team title.
Granum shaved a stroke off his opening-round score but Navy's Ben Hayes carded a two-under par 69 on his home course to take his third victory at the event in four seasons. Granum led the tournament with a 4.08 scoring average on the par-4 holes, and tied for seventh amongst the 104 competitors with six birdies.
Sophomore Michael Yiu matched Granum's score in the second round at 72, and tied for ninth individually. Yiu tallied 26 pars over two rounds to rank second in the tournament, behind only TCU's Tom Hoge.
With seven birdies over 36 holes, junior Brendan Doyle tied for third amongst competitors. Doyle took three strokes off his first-round score and finished tied for 11th at 149. First-year Andrew Kim closed in a tie for 37th at 157 while his classmate Jordan Lee took five strokes off his opening-day total and tied for 62nd.
The Lions will continue their season next week at the Ivy League Championships, which will take place at Galloway National Golf Club in Galloway, N.J.