SPORTS: Lions win several Ivy and national titles

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Golfers sink third-straight league title

The Columbia men’s golf team, boosted by the dramatic performance of Clark Granum ’11SEAS, won its third consecutive Ivy League championship April 25. Clark Granum '11SEAS / Photo: Gene BoyarsOn a cold, rainy day at the prestigious Baltusrol Golf Club in New Jersey, Columbia posted a collective score of plus 14, vanquishing Yale by three strokes. “It was a chess match,” said head coach Rich Mueller. “We just made all the right moves.” Granum, who shot three under par, was named to the All-Ivy League first team for the third year in a row; Michael Yiu ’13CC and Brendan Doyle ’12CC were named to the second team.


Kyle Smith named men's basketball coach

Columbia Athletics director M. Dianne Murphy and new men's basketball coach Kyle Smith. / Photo: Gene BoyarsColumbia has recruited Kyle Smith as its new men’s basketball head coach. Smith, a Houston native, is credited with helping turn around the basketball program at St. Mary’s College of California, where he served as associate head coach for the past nine years. St. Mary’s had won only two games in the 2000–01 season, just before Smith arrived there, but it finished this season with a 28–6 record and a trip to the NCAA Sweet Sixteen. “I think he has the best feel and overview of basketball programs and coaching of anyone I’ve ever met,” says University of Richmond head coach and former colleague Chris Mooney.


Men's tennis tops in Ivy

Jonathan Wong ’10CC led the men’s tennis team to their second-straight Ivy League Championship. / Photo: Gene BoyarsThe men’s tennis team won its second-straight Ivy League championship this spring with a 6–1 victory over Princeton at Columbia’s Dick Savitt Tennis Center. After winning two of its three doubles matches, Columbia dominated the singles tournament, prevailing in five out of six matches. The team finished the regular season with a 16–4 overall record, 6–1 in the Ivy League. In postseason honors, three Columbia players were named to the All-Ivy League team: co-captains Mihai Nichifor ’10SEAS and Jonathan Wong ’10CC to the first team, and Haig Schneiderman ’12CC to the second team. To read more about this story and other Columbia sports accomplishments, visit gocolumbialions.com.

— Edited by Joshua J. Friedman '08JRN

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