GALLOWAY, N.J. -- The Columbia men's golf team hits the links this weekend, in search of its fourth consecutive Ivy League Championship. The three-time defending champion Lions will take on the seven other teams of the Ivy League at Galloway National Golf Club for a 54-hole tournament, beginning at 7:30 a.m. on Friday, April 22. Eighteen holes will be played each day, culminating with the final round on Sunday.
Columbia has taken the team title in each of the last three seasons, including last year's three-stroke victory over Yale. The Lions are vying to become the first team to win four straight Ivy League men's golf championships since Princeton turned the trick from 1992-95. The Tigers are the only team to have won four straight championships, as they also were victorious four consecutive seasons from 1979-82.
Senior Clark Granum leads the way for Columbia, and is coming off a second-place showing at the Navy Spring Invitational last weekend. Granum has been named first team All-Ivy League three consecutive seasons, joining Chris Condello as the only Columbia golfers to ever earn All-Ivy League recognition three times in a career.
Last year, Granum tied with Penn's Scotty Williams for the top spot individually through 54 holes. Williams bested the San Diego native on the first playoff hole to take medalist honors.
Also figuring into Columbia's plans this weekend are junior Brendan Doyle and sophomore Michael Yiu. Doyle has improved as the spring season has wore on, closing with an 11th-place showing at the Navy Spring Invite last week. Yiu has been a consistent performer all year, and ranks second on the team behind Granum with a 74.48 stroke average.
Live scoring of this year's championship can be accessed by using the link above. Full recaps and scores will be available following each round on gocolumbialions.com.