GALLOWAY, N.J. -- The Columbia men's golf team took 12 shots off its first-round score and had the low team round of the day to jump into a tie for third place on the second day of the Ivy League Championship at Galloway National Golf Club. The Lions are knotted with Princeton at 626, seven strokes off the pace of tournament-leading Penn.
Junior Brendan Doyle had another steady day on the links, carding a four-over par 75 to sit in third place individually heading into the final day of competition. Doyle is two strokes behind tournament leader Peter Williamson of Dartmouth, and leads all competitors in par-3 scoring through 36 holes (3.00 scoring average).
On another tough day for scoring, the Lions shot 307 to sprint past Dartmouth and Brown. Columbia saw three golfers improve by three strokes or more on their first-round score, led by sophomore Michael Yiu and first-year Andrew Kim.
After opening-round 83s by both Yiu and Kim, the twosome each shaved five strokes apiece from their scorecard for a pair of 78s. Both players exceled on the back nine, as Kim finished with a two-over 38 and Yiu did his teammate one better with a 37.
Senior Clark Granum also fought through the windy weather to finish his round at 76, a four-shot improvement over Friday's round. The San Diego native sits in 12th place overall at 156, two strokes behind six golfers who stand in a tie for sixth place.
The Quakers will take a one-shot lead into the final day over Yale, who had the team lead after the first day of action.
The third and final round of the 2011 Ivy League Championship will take place on Sunday, April 24, with the first teams teeing off at 7:30 a.m.