WEST POINT, N.Y. – The Columbia men’s golf team continued fall play with a fifth-place finish at the inaugural Stars & Stripes Invitational hosted by Army at West Point Golf Course from Oct. 6-7. The Lions were led by Brandon Jowers, who shot three-over par to finish in a tie for fourth with Army’s Eric Peng.
Jowers shot a 54-hole total of 210, which ties as the second lowest score by a Lion since 1993-94. Earlier this season, Jowers broke the previous record of 210 by notching a career-best second-place finish with a score of 200 (-10) at the Doc Gimmler.
After carding a 72 in the first round of action on Sunday, Jowers rebounded by tying for the low-round score of 66 in round two. His second round score of 66 ties his career best, which he scored in back-to-back rounds at the Doc Gimmler earlier this year. The junior’s scores of 66 also mark the third lowest single round all-time for a Columbia men’s golfer, tied with Brendan Doyle’s 66 in the second round of the Ivy League Championship in 2009.
First-year Arjuna Anday had another impressive outing with a career-high seventh-place finish at six-over par (74-69-70—213). His final round score of 70 tied for the low round of the day on Monday.
Rounding out the top 20 Columbia finishers was sophomore Harrison Shih, who tied for 18th after carding scores of 70-76-73—219 at 12-over par.
Marcus Plunkett of Army earned medalist honors at the tournament after shooting two-under, marking the only player in the 55-person field to break par.
Up next, the Lions will take a short break before wrapping up fall action with Ivy Match Play at Trump National Golf Course in Bedminster, N.J.