GALLOWAY, N.J. -- The Columbia men's golf team began its quest of a fourth consecutive Ivy League Championship on Friday afternoon at Galloway National Golf Club. The Lions struggled for much of the day and closed in sixth as a team at 319, one stroke behind Brown for fifth and 13 shots behind first-place Yale.
Junior Brendan Doyle had the low round for Columbia, a three-over par 74, and is tied for third place individually. Doyle shot 37 on the front nine, then played the first eight holes on the back at one-under before a double-bogey on the par-4 18th dropped him back two strokes.
The next lowest score for the Lions came from three-time All-Ivy League golfer Clark Granum, who overcame a poor front nine to shoot 38 on the back and card 80 to stand in a tie for 14th. Granum was able to play his final five holes at one-under par to build momentum heading into the second round.
Dartmouth senior Peter Williamson was the lone golfer to shoot in the red on the first day, as his two-under par 69 has him three shots ahead of Princeton's Eric Salazar. Williamson stood at four-under through 17 holes before he double-bogeyed his final hole of the day.
The second round of the 2011 Ivy League Championship will take place on Saturday, April 23, beginning at 11:30 a.m.