NEW YORK – The Columbia men’s golf team is set to kick off its 2012 spring season on Monday when it heads out the West Coast to compete at the USF Triumph at Pauma Valley.
The University of San Francisco will host the 54-hole tournament from March 12-13 at Pauma Valley Country Club, a Robert Trent Jones, Sr.,-designed par-71, 7,076-yard course in Pauma Valley, Calif. The field features Central Arkansas, Austin Peay, Columbia, San Francisco, Yale, Bowling Green, CSU Bakersfield, British Columbia, CSU San Marcos, Army and the University of Manitoba.
The Lions are coming off a strong fall in which they took second at the Cornell Invitational and third at The Classic at Shelter Harbor. Columbia golfers combined for seven top-10 individual finishes. With six golfers with round averages below 75, the Lions will look to utilize their great depth once again in the spring.
Junior Michael Yiu and sophomore Andrew Kim had the best fall seasons. Yiu had a team-best 72.00 round average and a pair of top-10 showings over four events. After opening the season with a pair 69 rounds in The McLaughlin, Yiu tied for fifth in the Cornell Invitational with a 1-over 217. His 5-over 147 at The Classic at Shelter Harbor tied for fourth place.
Kim was second on the team with a 72.30 round average with two top-10’s in four events. He carded a 69 in the second round of The McLaughlin en route to a tie for 13th with an even-par 210. Kim’s first-round, 4-under first round at the Cornell Invitational tied for Columbia’s best individual round of the fall and he went on to place fifth in the tournament at 1-over 217. His 5-over-147 at The Classic at Shelter Harbor resulted in a tie for fourth place.
Four more Columbia golfers averaged between 73 and 75 this past fall. Competing in just two events, junior Ford Fischer enjoyed a solid fall, averaging 73.20 strokes per round. He tied for fifth at the Cornell invitational with a 1-over 217.
Senior Sam Mysock averaged 74.13 per round over three events and had his best showing at the Cornell Invitational when he tied for second with an even-par 216. Jordan Lee had a 74.14 round average over three tournaments and played his best golf at The MacDonald Cup when he tied for 16th wit a 4-over 144.
Only Yiu, Kim and senior Brendan Doyle played in all four events. Doyle managed a 74.30 round average and tied for fourth at The MacDonald Cup with and even-par 140. His 3-under 67 in the first round of The MacDonald Cup was the lowest score and third-lowest par score of Columbia’s fall season.