Farmingdale, N.Y. – Behind a 1-under par 69 in Sunday's final round, junior Eoin Leonard captured the individual championship at the Doc Gimmler, the first solo victory of his Yale career. Leonard survived a late run from Florida State's John Pak who finished two shots behind Leonard following a 5-under performance in the tournament's final round.
Leonard recorded 15 birdies, the most of any player at the Doc Gimmler, and also led the field with a 3.81 stroke average on par 4 holes. Following consecutive rounds of 65 on Saturday, Leonard narrowly held on to his lead in the third round to finish at 11-under for the event and bring home medalist honors.
The Bulldogs posted a three-round 849 to finish at 9-over and in fourth as team, narrowly edging out fifth-place Harvard by a pair of strokes. Yale finished 22 shots behind tournament winner and nationally ranked Florida State and 12 strokes behind second-place Loyola–Maryland.
Junior James Nicholas finished in a tie for 13th with a 2-over 212. Coming off a victory in last weekend's Borsodi Student Championship, he shot a 1-under 69 in the final round after recording rounds of 71 and 72 on Saturday. Nicholas pocketed 40 pars over the course of the tournament, the third-highest total out of the 78-player field. Freshman Sean Yi carded a 3-over 70 on Sunday, bringing his three-round total to 213. Yi tallied 11 birdies in three rounds to tie for 15th overall in his first collegiate tournament.
Seniors Henry Cassriel and captain Will Bernstein tied for 35th and 56th place respectively with scores of 217 and 224. Sophomore Eric Hall finished the event in 74th place with a three-round total of 231 after shooting a 6-over 76 on Sunday.
The Bulldogs will return to action Sept. 16 and 17 at the Cornell Invitational in Ithaca, New York.
Report filed by Joey Kamm '20, Yale Sports Publicity – firstname.lastname@example.org