Mids Place 10th at The Doc Gimmler
Sept. 15, 2013
BETHPAGE, N.Y. — Anchored by junior August Jonas’ (Jacksonville, Fla.) 3-over par 213, the Navy men’s golf team closed out play at the three-round Doc Gimmler Sunday afternoon where the Mids placed 10th with a 39-over par 879 (298-288-293). Formerly known as The McLaughlin, The Doc Gimmler was played at the par-70 Bethpage State Park Golf Course.
Yale easily won the team title, taking the crown by way of a 16-stroke advantage over fellow Ivy League foe Harvard. Yale put together a 20-under par 820 (270-276-274), followed by Harvard (276-278-282=836), Florida Southern (275-284-279=838), Marquette (282-276-280=838), Columbia (283-282-274=839) and Temple (284-279-276=839) to round out the top five. Meanwhile, Yale’s Joe Willis took medalist honors with an 11-under par 199. He jumped out to an early lead in the tournament after carding a 7-under par 63 in the opening round., but held off Columbia’s Brandon Jowers who finished a stroke behind Willis.
Jonas led the way for the Mids after sandwiching a 3-under par 67 in the second of three rounds between a pair of 73s.
Meanwhile, senior Bobby Keating (Garden City, N.Y.) returned to his home state of New York to finish in 59th with an 11-over par 221. Keating shot his best round of the weekend on Sunday where he posted a 2-over par 72. Defending Patriot League medalist Chris House (Raleigh, N.C.) and fellow senior Drew Selby (Charlotte, N.C.) tied for 64th with a 14-over par 224. The Navy pair shot identical marks throughout the weekend with rounds of 76, 74 and a 74 over the final 18 holes. Rounding out the team’s performance was sophomore Garrett Moyer (Annapolis, Md.), who struggled in the final round. Moyer opened up the tournament with a 6-over par 76 followed by a 3-over par 73 on Saturday. He was unable to solve the course on Sunday, however, as he registered an 11-over par 81 to place 72nd with a 20-over par 230.
“While we are disappointed with our overall finish, our scores were good,” said Navy head coach Pat Owen. “The field was extremely competitive and at the end of the day, the other teams just made more birdies than we did. I can’t remember the last time I’ve seen that many scores under 280 in one tournament that we’ve played in.
“We’ve been able to use these last two tournaments to see what we need to work on going into the Army match. It’s always a hard-fought battle between the two teams and I expect the same to be true in this year’s Star Match.”
The Midshipmen will use the next two weeks to prepare for their annual Star Match against Army slated for Sept. 28-29 at the Naval Academy Golf Course.
### Go Navy ###