Men’s golf opened its spring season last weekend with a 14th-place finish at the Grand Canyon Invitational.
Columbia went plus-55 (303-305-299-907) in the 15-team, three-day event held at the GCU Championship Golf Course in Phoenix, Arizona. Missouri came out on top in the team division with a two-under-par aggregate score, while Pacific’s Casey Scott reigned supreme in the individual tournament, shooting six-under (69-69-69-207) on the weekend.
Individually, the Lions were led by first-year Arjun Puri, who finished 26th among 93 golfers after carding a 73-73-72-218 five-over-par line. He tallied nine birdies and 33 pars in 54 holes played, and his final-round 72 was the lowest score of his young collegiate career.
Puri was followed on the scoring team by sophomore Nick Brisebois, who finished in 70th place at plus-15 (75-76-77-228), senior Joshua Suh, who finished in 75th place at plus-18 (77-79-75-231), junior Sunny Yan, who also placed 75th at plus-18 (78-77-75-231), and sophomore Cullen Chung, who placed 82nd at plus-21 (79-79-76-234).
First-years John Robertson and Dan Terrell competed as individuals, placing 73rd at plus-17 (72-83-75-230) and 77th at plus-19 (74-79-79-232), respectively.
Despite Columbia’s next-to-last finish in the team event, head coach Richard Mueller felt that his team exhibited some strong play to build upon going forward, particularly for a team that is two-thirds underclassmen.
“The scores didn’t accurately reflect all the good things that happened,” said Mueller. “This is all a process and if we just try to get a little better each week, I think we can have a successful spring.”
Men’s golf will next take to the links this weekend at the Seahawk Invitational in Wilmington, N.C.