GREENWICH, Conn.—The Columbia men's golf team will travel to Greenwich, Conn. to compete in this weekend’s Ivy League Men’s Golf Championship Friday through Sunday, April 21-23 at The Stanwich Club. This is the first time the three-day, 54-hole championship event will be contested at the 7,133-yard, par-72 course. The teams will play 18 holes on each day.
Schedule of Events
Friday, April 21: Round One, Tee times: Noon.
Saturday, April 22: Round Two, Tee times: TBA.
Sunday, April 23: Round Three, Tee times: TBA.
How to Follow the Action
Fans that can't make it to The Stanwich Club in Greenwich, Conn. this weekend can follow the action with live results on GolfStat.com. Following each day's events, a recap with links to overall results will be available on GoColumbiaLions.com as well as IvyLeagueSports.com. Fans can also follow the action on social media by following the Columbia women's golf team on twitter @ColumbiaMGolf and the Ivy League Conference, @IvyLeague, as well as joining in on the conversation by using #IvyLeague, #RoarLionRoar and #OneIvy. More information and a tournament central is available on the Ivy League website at this link, with a championship preview at this link.
A Quick Look at the Lions
Head Coach Rich Mueller put together a challenging schedule in 2016-17. That competition should bode well for the Lions heading into this weekend’s Ivy League Championship. Columbia enters the weekend with balance as seven different Lions either led or placed second on the squad in Columbia’s 10 invitationals in 2016-17.
Five Columbia golfers will compete in the event including first-year Jeremy Perna, junior Joshua Suh and seniors Christopher Chu, Arjuna Anday and Mert Selamet. Four of the five Lions have earned multiple top-25 finishes during the 2016-17 season, while all five have led the Lions in at least one invitational during the season.
Perna came on strong in the spring as he carded three-under-par rounds at the Grand Canyon Invitational to finish in a tie for fifth place at 208 (-5). He averaged a 74.88 stroke average in 2016-17.
Suh leads the Lions with a 73.57 stroke average in 21 rounds. He also leads the Lions in most top-25 finishes and registered Columbia’s low round score of the year, a 68 at the Princeton Invitational.
A 2016 All Ivy League selection, Chu placed 10th at last year’s Ivy League Championships to earn All-Ivy League honors. He has averaged a 76.33 so far this year.
Anday, who ranks second on the squad with a 74.47 stroke average, notched his best performance of the year in a fifth place performance at the Cornell Invitational, Sept. 17-18.
Selamet earned All-Ivy League honors at last year’s Ivy League Championships after he finished in fourth place at +8. A two-time All-Ivy League golfer, Selamet has two top-10 Ivy League finishes to his name (seventh place in 2015). He ranks third on the team in stroke average at 74.90 and placed among invitational top-25 three times so far.
Updated Columbia men’s golf statistics are available at this link.
About The Stanwich Golf Club
The 2017 Ivy League Men’s Championship will take place at The Stanwich Club in Greenwich, Connecticut, a par-72, 7,133-yard course that opened in 1964. The 18-hole course features Gordon-style greens, the fastest in the Met Area and was host to the Met Open in both 1972 and 1996. It was also the site of the 2016 Ivy League Women’s Championship. For more information and photos of the course, click here.
Columbia Ranks Fifth out of Eight Ivy League Teams
Columbia enters the 2017 Ivy League Championship ranked No. 5 out of the eight Ivy League schools. The Lions currently are ranked fifth in current golfstat.com rankings at No. 206. Here is the list:
Columbia’s Ivy League Championship Tradition
Columbia has captured five Ivy League team Men’s Golf Championships in the history of the event: 1999, 2008, 2009, 2010 and 2014. The Lions have won four of the last 10 events and Its five total titles rank third among the eight Ivy League schools for most championships won. A Columbia golfer has captured the Ivy League individual title one time: Chris Condello in 2007. Since taking over the Columbia program in 2005, head coach Rich Mueller has guided Columbia men’s golf to four Ivy League team championships, one individual Ivy League title, five NCAA postseason appearances and 23 All-Ivy League individual golf performances.
A Look Back at Last Year’s Ivy League Championship
Columbia finished in fifth place out of eight teams at 923 (+9) at the 2016 Ivy League Championship, held at Metedeconk National Golf Club, April 22-24, 2016. Mert Selamet and Christopher Chu both earned All-Ivy League honors for their performances. Selamet finished fourth with a 76-77-71-224 (+8), while Chu placed 10th at 84-74-72-230 (+14). Other scores for Columbia included Harrison Shih (24th place, +20), Sunny Yan (24th place, +20) and Arjuna Anday (32nd place, +28).