ITHACA, N.Y. -- The Columbia men's golf team had six players close the first day of the Cornell Invitational in the top 15, and sit atop the 14-team field by a stroke after shooting two-over par 578 over 36 holes on Saturday.

The Lions, who carded a tournament-high 29 birdies on the par-72, 6,890-yard Robert Trent Jones Golf Course, will begin the final round of competition ahead of second-place Binghamton at 579 and third-place Delaware at 591.

Sophomore Michael Yiu was smooth and steady all afternoon, shooting even-par 72 over his first 18 holes and going through the second 18 at one-under par. Yiu had a tournament-best 27 pars on his two rounds, and finished Saturday tied for second place, four shots behind Lafayette's Carter Rufe.

The Laguna Hills, Calif. native demolished the par-5 holes on the course, playing the eight holes (four each round) at five-under par to lead the tournament. The Lions as a team shot 11-under par on the par-5 holes.

A pair of Columbia players playing as individuals turned in solid performances. Senior Sam Mysock fired a first-round 68 en route to 144 on the day and is tied for fifth place. Junior Ford Fischer shot 74-71 and is tied for ninth place in the 75-player field.

Fischer's teammate, sophomore Jordan Lee, also concluded Saturday tied for ninth place at 145, while senior Brendan Doyle and sophomore Andrew Kim are tied for 14th at 147.

Kim matched Mysock's first-round 68 and was tied for the individual lead after the first 18 holes. Both players had nine birdies over 36 holes, one behind Bucknell's Jon Hartman who carded 10.

The third and final round of the Cornell Invitational will commence at 8 a.m. on Sunday, with the Lions scheduled to tee off from the first tee at 9:40 a.m.

1 Columbia University 287 291 578
T2 Michael Yiu 72 71 143
T9 Jordan Lee 72 73 145
T14 Brendan Doyle 76 71 147
T14 Andrew Kim 68 79 147
T31 Brandon Jowers 75 76 151
T5 Sam Mysock 68 76 144*
T9 Ford Fischer 74 71 145*
*Played as individuals