Fueled by a brilliant opening round of 6-under-par 64 at Bethpage State Park’s Red Course, Villanova sophomore Connor Daly finished fifth in The Doc Gimmler, which wrapped up Monday.
The Doc Gimmler, hosted by Villanova’s Big East rival St. John’s, started with a double-round Sunday and Daly of nearby Bronxville, N.Y. seemed right at home on the 7,092-yard, par-70 Red Course layout, part of a group of public courses on Long Island that includes the Black, site of two U.S. Opens.
The Villanova website didn’t mention it, but I have to think a 64 has to be right up there on the list of all-time low single rounds in the history of the program. Daily added a 2-over 72 Sunday afternoon and wrapped up with a 1-over 71 to finish alone in fifth at 3-under 207.
Daly’s showing helped Villanova finish in seventh place in the team standings at 21-over 861. The Wildcats opened up with a 6-over 286 behind Daly’s spectacular round, fell back with a 293 in Sunday’s second round and finished up with a solid 2-over 282.
It was a step up from Villanova’s season-opening performance in the Turning Stone Tiger Intercollegiate at the upstate New York resort’s Kaluhyat Course, where the Wildcats finished ninth.
Atlantic Coast Conference power Florida State got away from Hurricane Irma and came north to grab the team title in The Doc Gimmler with a 13-under 827 total.
Loyola-Maryland, which had the tournament’s best round, a 7-under 273 in Monday’s wrapup, to finish second at 3-under 837. The Greyhounds were the only other team to finish under par.
Connecticut finished third at 6-over 846 after a final round of 3-over 283. Yale, led by individual champion Eoin Leonard, a junior from England, finished fourth at 9-over 849. The Bulldogs finished up strong with a 1-under 279 in the final round.
Another Ivy League entry, defending conference champion Harvard, was another two shots behind Yale in fifth at 851 after a final-round 285.
Johnson & Wales, an NAIA school from Miami, had a final-round 282 to finish sixth at 852. It was another nine shots back to Villanova in seventh at 861. Rhode Island, with a final-round 292, and Navy, with a strong 4-over 284 in the final round, finished tied for eighth at 873.
Zach Egermayer, a senior from Glen Rock, N.Y., backed up Daly as he finished tied for 35th at 7-over 217 after matching par in the final round with a 70. Senior Andy Butler, a former Manheim Township standout, made up for a couple of disappointing rounds with a 1-under 69 Monday to finish tied for 43rd at 220.
Matt Barnes, a freshman from Bethesda, Md., finished tied for 56th at 224, including a 1-over 71 in Sunday afternoon’s second round. Andrew Bowyer, a junior from Summit, N.J., saved his best for last as a final-round 72 left him in 69th place at 227. Competing as an individual, Will Byrne, a senior from McLean, Va., finished tied for 70th at 226, including a 2-over 72 in Sunday afternoon’s second round.
Florida State was without probably its best player as redshirt senior Harry Ellis, The Amateur Championship winner this summer, was representing Great Britain & Ireland against the United States in the Walker Cup Match at Los Angeles Country Club.
But the Seminoles still had two players finish among the top three, led by John Pak, a freshman from Scotch Plains, N.J. who fired a final-round 65 to finish as the runnerup to Leonard in the individual standings at 9-under 201 in a pretty nice collegiate debut.
Jonathan Keppler, a redshirt sophomore from Marietta, Ga., shared third place for Florida State with Loyola-Maryland’s Brandon Berry, a freshman from McLean, Va. at 4-under 206. Keppler, who opened with a 66, finished up with a 71.
Also for Florida State, Bennett Baker, a junior from Tallahassee, Fla., finished tied for 10th at even-par 210 after a final-round 71, Greyson Porter, a sophomore from Clearwater, Fla., finished tied for 31st at 216 after a final-round 69, and Jack Carter, a sophomore from Aiken, S.C., finished tied for 37th at 218 after a final-round 74.
It was a brilliant individual showing by Yale’s Leonard in capturing the individual title. He toured Bethpage Red in 5-under 65 both times Sunday and finished up with a final round of 1-under 69 to post a sizzling 11-undder 199 total that was two shots clear of Florida State’s Pak.
Loyola-Maryland’s Berry opened with a 67 and finished with a 68 around a 1-over 71 to get his share of third with Florida State’s Keppler.
Navy’s second-lowest score belonged to junior Paul Mauer, a member of St. Joseph Prep’s 2014 PIAA Class AAA championship team who caught a couple of loops this summer at Stonewall. After opening with a 77, Mauer had rounds of 70 and 71 to finish tied for 37th at 218.