Men’s golf finished in 14th place this weekend with a 325-314-325-964 plus-100 scoreline at the Seahawk Invitational, held at the Country Club of Landfall’s Nicklaus Course in Wilmington, North Carolina.
First-year Arjun Puri once again led the way individually for the Light Blue, turning in a 78-77-76-231 plus-15 card and a 46th-place finish on the weekend. He tallied a co-team high of six birdies.
“Arjun had a really productive offseason, and thus, his results are no surprise,” head coach Richard Mueller said. “I think he’ll continue to improve with every competitive round.”
With six birdies was fellow first-year John Robertson, who shot 29-over-par (80-80-85-245) and placed 73rd in his first official invitational representing Columbia. Others on the scoring team for Columbia were junior Sunny Yan, who finished in 75th place at 34-over-par (87-83-80-250); senior Joshua Suh, who also placed 75th at 34-over-par (80-89-84-253); and sophomore Nick Brisebois, who came in at 77th place at 37-over-par (89-74-90-253). Brisebois had Columbia’s low round of 74 in the event.
The host school, UNC Wilmington, took home both the team and individual titles. Their talented group, led by Blake McShea, who individually carded an impressive four-under-par number (68-72-72-212), shot two-under-par (289-279-274-862).
Despite the team finishing last in its first two spring team competitions, Mueller still has faith in his young team’s potential.
“I believe we’re still just one solid round away from turning the whole thing around,” Mueller said. “My goal is to try and coach them into that outcome.”
Men’s golf will take this weekend off to prepare for the Princeton Invitational on April 7 and 8 at Springdale Golf Club.