PAUMA VALLEY, Calif. -- The Columbia men’s golf team played its best round of golf on Tuesday en route to a sixth-place showing in the USF Triumph at Pauma Valley.
The Lions combined to shoot 298 in the final round -- 12 strokes better than their second-round team score. Columbia finished at 305-310-298--913 (+61). Host San Francisco won the tournament with a 13-over 865.
“Everybody settled down and we looked strong and came out with a lot of confidence,” Columbia head men’s golf coach Rich Mueller said. “It’s on the right trajectory. We definitely left a lot of shots out on the golf course and did not finish as strongly as I would have liked. But you have to keep the whole thing in perspective. We’ve played five rounds of golf this spring and three of them have been tournament rounds. All in all, it’s pretty amazing what the guys have been able to accomplish without playing as many rounds of golf that we would have liked. I’m proud of our performance and I know it’s going in the right direction.”
Columbia had top-20 finishes from junior Michael Yiu (t-15th) and senior Brendan Doyle (t-20th). Yiu shot 72-78-76--226 (+13) and Doyle carded a 73-80-75--228 (+15). On Tuesday, Yiu enjoyed a strong start shooting even-par 35 on the front nine. He finished the tournament with seven birdies. Doyle was also solid on the front nine shooting a 1-over 36. He finished with five birdies for the tournament.
Sophomores Andrew Kim and Jordan Lee tied for 32nd. Kim had his best round of the tournament on Tuesday, finishing at 83-78-72--233 (+19). Lee mirrored his second round with a 75 in the final round to finish at 83-75-75--233 (+19). Kim tallied six birdies and Lee had three over the course of all 54 holes.
Sam Mysock rounded out the five-man team with a 77-78-81--237 (+23) to tie for 45th. Mysock had two birdies for the tournament.
First-year Brandon Jowers was very impressive while competing as an individual. He shot 80-74-72--226 (+13) to tie for 15th place the best Columbia score. Jowers had a team-best eight birdies in the tournament and was second among the 10 individual golfers.
Junior Ford Fischer had a solid tournament as well, tying for 40th at 74-83-78--235 (+22). Fischer had six birdies for the tournament and was playing great on Tuesday until the 14th. Through his first 13 holes of the final round, he had three birdies and was at 1-under.
Junior Stephen LaRouere took 60th with an 82-81-86--249 (+36).
Columbia is back in action March 26-27 when they play in the University of Arkansas - Little Rock’s First Tee Collegiate Classic March 26-27 at Chenal Country Club in Little Rock, Ark.