GREENWICH, Conn.—To say Saturday was a great day for the Columbia men’s golf team at the Ivy League Championship is an extreme understatement. First-year Jeremy Perna (second place) and senior Mert Selamet (eighth place) came out on fire as the duo carded low round two-under-par 70s and senior Arjuna Anday added a 71 (-1) to spark the Lions to a championship team-best two-under-par 286 score Saturday at the Stanwich Club.

Perna, Selamet and Anday weren’t the only Lions playing championship-level golf as all five Lion golfers improved upon their Friday scores by at least three strokes. With those performances, the Lions put a last place showing on day one behind them and will now begin Sunday’s final round in third place (314-286-600, +24). Columbia’s 286 marked the best round of any team over the first two days.

With a 74-70-144 (Even) card, Perna will begin Sunday’s final round just three strokes behind Cornell’s Mike Graboyes, who is the individual leader at three-under-par, 69-72-141. Perna continued his inspired play with five birdies on Saturday. He motored through the front nine, firing birdies on holes two and eight with one bogey, then registered birdies on holes 13, 14 and 16. Perna leads all individuals in par-3 scoring (-2, 2.75), ranks sixth in total birdies (six) and ninth in pars (24).

With his one-under-par 70 on Saturday, Selamet rocketed up the standings from 25th all the way to eighth place. Selamet got better the day progressed as he did his damage on the back nine, carding birdies in four of his final five holes played. He finished the back nine on fire with a four-under-par 32, making birdies on holes 14, 15, 17 and 18. He ranks second in the invitational with eight birdies overall.

Senior Arjuna Anday started the front nine Saturday with birdies on three of his first six holes en route to a three-under-par 33. He cooled off a bit on the back nine, but recovered on holes 14-18 with a birdie and four pars. His 71 was 11 strokes better than his first-day score of 82. He is in 23rd place with an 82-71-153 (+9).

Junior Joshua Suh concluded the second round with a 75 and is in 27th place with an 80-75-155 (+11). Suh carded one birdie and 16 pars on the day.

Senior Christopher Chu rounded out Columbia’s scoring with a 79 and two birdies on Saturday. He is currently in 35th place with an 82-79-161 (+17).

Harvard concludes its second day in first place at 293-292-585 (+9), just two strokes ahead of second place Cornell (297-290-587, +11).

Columbia will tee off Sunday’s final round at 11:20 a.m.

IVY LEAGUE CHAMPIONSHIP DAY TWO TEAM LEADERBOARD

Greenwich, Conn., Stanwich Club (Par 72, 7,133 yards) 

Pos.

Team

To Par

Round 1

Round 2

Round 3

Total

1

Harvard

+9

293

292

--

585

2.

Cornell

+11

297

290

--

587

3.

Columbia

+24

314

286

--

600

4.

Yale

+27

298

305

--

603

5.

Dartmouth

+29

302

303

--

605

6.

Penn

+30

302

304

--

606

6.

Princeton

+30

303

303

--

606

8.

Brown

+46

308

314

--

622

COLUMBIA PLAYER DAY TWO LEADERBOARD

Pos.

Player

To Par

Round 1

Round 2

Round 3

Total

T2.

Jeremy Perna

Even

74

70

--

144

T8.

Mert Selamet

+4

78

70

--

148

T23.

Arjuna Anday

+9

82

71

--

153

T27.

Joshua Suh

+11

80

75

--

155

T35.

Christopher Chu

+17

82

79

--

161