Elis Hold Eight Stroke Lead at The Doc Gimmler

Elis Hold Eight Stroke Lead at The Doc Gimmler
Joe Willis' Scorecard

Day One Results

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.

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