AS A SENIOR: Earned first monogram … competed in two tournaments, both as an individual participant … recorded a 76.50 stroke average for the 2009-10 season … tied for 47th at the Fighting Irish Gridiron Golf Classic with 17-over par 227 (76-73-78) … shot a season low nine-over par 79 at the Battle at the Warren.
AS A JUNIOR: Competed in two tournaments, both as individual participant … logged 79.80 stroke average for five rounds … played in Fighting Irish Gridiron Golf Classic as individual, tying for 80th place at 30-over par 240 (86-80-74) … teed off in Caputo Invitational as individual, tying for career-best 13th place at 15-over par 159 (78-81).
SUMMER 2008: Qualified for Western Amateur after tying for seventh place in qualifier at Notre Dame[apos]s Warren Golf Course with one-over par 71 … did not make 36-hole stroke play cut after carding 13-over par 153 (80-73) at Point O[apos] Woods Golf & Country Club in Benton Harbor, Mich.
AS A SOPHOMORE: Played in six tournaments, including first two career appearances in Irish starting lineup … registered 75.20 stroke average for 15 rounds … saw all four of his rounds with travel squad count to team score … opened season with tie for 32nd place at Rutgers Invitational (‘B’ team event) after carding 12-over par 225 (80-72-73) … played as an individual competitor at Fighting Irish Gridiron Golf Classic, logging season-best 18th-place tie and career-low score of eight-over par 218 (71-74-73); opening-round 71 also was a personal-best … cracked starting lineup for first time in career at Mason Rudolph Intercollegiate, tying for 41st place (74, +3) in rain-abbreviated event … ended fall season with 48th-place tie at UNCG Bridgestone Collegiate Championship after shooting nine-over par 225 (75-76-74) … competed as an individual at USC Collegiate Invitational, coming home in a tie for 56th place at 21-over par 234 (82-75-77) … wrapped up spring with tie for 39th place as an individual at Irish Invitational, firing 12-over par 152 (80-72).
AS A FRESHMAN: Participated in two tournaments (six rounds) during rookie season, carding 76.67 stroke average … teed off college career at John Dallio Memorial (‘B’ team event), tying for 62nd place at 20-over par 236 (80-76-80) … competed as individual participant at inaugural Fighting Irish Gridiron Golf Classic, sharing 14th-place honors at 14-over par 224 (80-72-72); final two rounds were his best scores of season.
SUMMER 2006: Qualified as alternate for U.S. Amateur following third-place tie at sectional qualifier in Chesterton, Ind., at the Sand Creek Country Club … fired nine-over par 153 (76-77) and wound up four shots shy of second automatic qualification spot awarded at that site.
PREP AND PERSONAL: Stalwart on junior golf and high school circuits … from 2004-06, registered 74.70 stroke average in junior golf action, including Top 35 finish at 167-player Future Collegians World Tour (FCWT) National Championship in 2004 … also competed at `05 United States Junior Amateur Championship in Longmeadow, Mass., finishing second during qualifier … four-year letterwinner at Lake Forest (Ill.) High School … logged 75.10 stroke average, earning all-North Suburban League honors all four seasons while helping his team win two conference and two regional titles, as well as `04 Illinois state championship … won back-to-back Lake County Invitational crowns, the first with a course-record 63 at the Countryside Golf Club (highlighted by a 28 on the back nine) … National Honor Society member … continues traditional pipeline of talent from Illinois to Notre Dame program, with 46 Illinois residents having earned golf monograms with the Irish, including current teammate Max Scodro … full name is Kyle Francis Willis … oldest of three children born to Bill and Sally Willis … born February 15, 1988 in Lake Forest, Ill. … graduated from the College of Arts and Letters with double major in economics and Spanish … earned certification from Notre Dame Student-Athlete Leadership Institute during 2007-08 academic year.
Willis[apos] Career Statistics
|Year||Tournaments||Rounds||Count||Strokes||Avg.||Top Rd||Top 36||Top 54||Top Finish (Field)- Event|
|2006-07||2||6||0/0||460||76.67||72 (+2)||—||224 (+14)||T-14th (67) – Fighting Irish Gridiron Golf Classic|
|2007-08||6||15||4/4||1,128||75.20||71 (+1)||152 (+12)||218 (+8)||T-18th (75)- Fighting Irish Gridiron Golf Classic|
|2008-09||2||5||0/0||399||79.80||74 (+4)||159 (+15)||231(+15)||T-13th (Caputo Invitational)|
|2009-10||2||4||0/0||306||76.50||73 (+3)||—||227 (+17)||T-47th (Fighting Irish Gridiron Golf Classic)|
|Career||12||30||4/4||2,293||76.43||71 (+1)||152 (+12)||218 (+8)||T-13th ([apos]09 Caputo Invitational)|