Willis Sits Atop Leaderboard
FARMINGDALE, N.Y.—Sophomore Joe Willis fired a career-low -9 opening day at the Sept. 14-15 Doc Gimmler tournament as the Yale men's golf team propelled itself eight strokes clear atop the leaderboard with a round of play remaining.
The Elis' fall campaign kicked into full gear as they played through Bethpage Red in Farmingdale, N.Y., on Sunday, with a team total of 546 (-14) putting them eight strokes ahead of second-place Harvard, at 554 (-6). Yale leads the 14-strong field, which also includes Ancient Eight rivals Columbia and Princeton.
Willis led the way, posting a 131 (-9) total after two rounds of play through the 7,014-yard par-70 course. He returned to the clubhouse three strokes ahead of second-place Brandon Jowers of Columbia.
Not far behind Willis was freshman Jonathan Lai, who closed at 135 (-5) in a tie for fifth at the end of a memorable first day of collegiate tournament competition. Indeed, it was a team effort that saw the Bulldogs perform so strongly on Saturday: senior captain Sam Bernstein and junior William Davenport sat in a tie for 15th, at 140 (E), while senior Sean Gaudette also played solid golf to wrap up the day at 143 (+3).
The Elis will look to maintain their lead as they head into the final 18 holes on Sunday. Yale will tee off starting at 9:03 a.m.
Report filed by James Lu '14, Yale Sports Publicity.