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'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' 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' Career Statistics
||Top Finish (Field)- Event
||T-14th (67) - Fighting Irish Gridiron Golf Classic
||T-18th (75)- Fighting Irish Gridiron Golf Classic
||T-13th (Caputo Invitational)
||T-47th (Fighting Irish Gridiron Golf Classic)
||T-13th ('09 Caputo Invitational)