MALVERN, Pa. - The Columbia men's golf team concluded play Monday evening at the Wildcat Invitational hosted by Villanova in second place. The Lions posted an opening round score of 311 and then made a marked improvement of 14 strokes to raise up the team standings.
Five teams were unable to finish the second round of competition due to darkness at White Manor Country Club. Youngstown State was among those teams and is the only squad ahead of Columbia heading into the final round of competition. Play is set to begin at 8 a.m. Tuesday with the second round wrapping up before the 16-team field embarks on the final 18 holes.
Sophomore Harrison Shih and junior Brandon Jowers paced the Lions on the opening day. The pair is tied for ninth after shooting a two-round combined score of 148. Shih recorded a first round 75 and made a two-stroke improvement on the second 18, while Jowers recovered nicely from an opening round 77 with a solid 71 in the second round.
Senior Andrew Kim will begin the final day tied for 30th after shooting rounds of 77 and 78 (155). First-years Tharusyan PIllay and Arjuna Anday each made drastic improvements from the first round to the seccond. Pillay finished the course the second time through five strokes better than the first, scoring a 77 to close the day. Anday made a 10-stroke jump in his score, carding a 76 in the second round.
Competing as an individual, Christopher Chu with head into Tuesday's final round tied for 23rd after scoring an 81 in the opening round and a 73 in round two.