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Columbia Fires 276 to Grab Hold of Lead at Men's Golf Championship

Columbia's Brandon Jowers
Columbia's Brandon Jowers

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SPRINGFIELD, N.J. -- Columbia shot a blistering four-under par 276 as a team Saturday on Baltusrol's Lower Course to grab the lead after two rounds in the Ivy League Men's Golf Championship. 

The Lions had sub-par rounds from Brandon Jowers (69), Christopher Chu (68) and Tharusyan Pillay (69) to forge an 11-shot lead over Yale and a 14-shot advantage over first round co-leader Harvard. 

Jowers is third on the individual leaderboard, while Chu is fourth as the duo climbed into contention on Saturday. Nelson Hargrove, the co-leader after Friday's play, still sits atop the leaderboard. However, he finished play on Saturday sharing it with Cornell's Carl Shimenti. Shimenti shot even-par 70 on Saturday, while Hargrove shot a 72.

The duo sit at 142 after 36 holes, but that lead isn't a big one. Eight other players are within five shots of the lead heading into Sunday. There are seven teams with players in the Top 10, which should set up for a wild Sunday.  

Chu's low round of the day featured four birdies and two bogeys. Sitting at one-over, he birdied Nos. 13 and 14 and then closed out the day with a birdie on No. 18 to finish the backside in 34. On Friday, Chu shot the back nine in 39 en route to a 76. 

Sunday's final round gets underway at 8 am with tee times off No. 1. 

1. Columbia, 302-276=578 (+18)
2. Yale, 300-289=589 (+29)
3. Harvard, 299-293=592 (+32)
4. Cornell, 306-293=599 (+39)
5. Brown, 311-295=606 (+46)
6. Dartmouth, 299-308=607 (+47)
7. Princeton, 308-300=608 (+48)
8. Penn, 302-310=612 (+52)

T1. Nelson Hargrove (Brown), 70-72=142 (+2)
T1. Carl Schimenti (Cornell), 72-70=142 (+2)
3. Brandon Jowers (Columbia), 74-69=143 (+3)
T4. Christopher Chu (Columbia), 76-68=144 (+4)
T4. Theodore Lederhausen (Harvard), 72-72=144 (+4)
T6. Sean Gaudette (Yale), 76-69=145 (+5)
T6. Scott Jaster (Dartmouth), 70-75=145 (+5)
8. Tharusyan Pillay (Columbia), 77-69=146 (+6)
T9. Harrison Shih (Columbia), 77-70=147 (+7)
T9. Ben Cooley (Penn), 73-74=147 (+7)