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Despite strong performances from several first-years, the Lions struggled as a team against Ivy foes.

Men’s golf carded a plus-25 line (294-299-593) to finish 10th of 12 teams at this weekend’s two-day Princeton Invitational at Springdale Golf Club.

First-year Arjun Puri once again led the way individually for the Light Blue, recording a career-best, even-par 71 on Friday and a plus-five 76 on Saturday. He tallied five total birdies on the weekend.

“Arjun is on a wonderful trajectory, he keeps improving every week,” head coach Richard Mueller said. “I’m really excited to see how he progresses over the next two weeks.”

Fellow first-year John Robertson also had a promising showing. On Friday, he recorded a career-low and team-best round of 70 but slipped on Saturday with an 80 to finish 47th in the field. He carded a team-high seven birdies on the weekend.

Rounding out the scoring team for the Lions were sophomore Cullen Chung, who finished 50th at nine-over (77-74-151) while shooting a team-low 74 on Saturday, and senior Curtis Chan, who finished 64th at 15-over (82-75-257).

Ivy foe Yale took home the team title at plus-two (289-281-570), while Cornell’s Mike Graboyes reigned supreme in the individual event, recording an impressive six-under (66-70) scoreline.

The Light Blue took a marked step forward this weekend, but Mueller, though pleased with their performance, believes his team has yet to realize its potential and hopes his teammates continue to grow through experience.

“The plan is not to change anything,” said Mueller. “We’re better off allowing the process to take its course. We left Princeton with a good feeling, and for the moment, that’s all we need to keep improving.”

Men’s golf will next compete in the Rutherford Intercollegiate, a two-day event in State College, PA, beginning Saturday, April 14.

jered.everson@columbiaspectator.com | @CUSpecSports

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