“I was planning on playing only nine holes because I had played 18 earlier,” the 22-year-old Willis said, “but I was three-under through six, and when you’re that low, you want to see what will happen. I went into the pro shop to see if I could join dad for nine holes. We finished at about eight o’clock.”
A graduate of Eaton High School, Willis won the Ohio Division II individual championship by six strokes as a freshman in 2012 when he shot 75-76 – 151. As a senior he was medalist in the 2016 Division II sectional at Pipestone Golf Course. He was an all-state selection in 2012 and 2013.
In 2015 he qualified for the U.S. Amateur Championship at Olympia Fields Country Club in Illinois by finishing third in a qualifying event at Lancaster Country Club.
As a freshman in 2017, he was a member of Wittenberg’s Division III national championship team. His senior season was cut short in March after only three events because of the coronavirus.
Willis said he plans to join the Wright State University team as a graduate student for next season. His best previous score at Moraine was 66.