Northwestern jumps to eighth, just four strokes out of a sixth-place tie
2014-15: Competed in eight of Northwestern’s tournaments as a member of the team lineup, seven times in stroke play events and also in the Big Ten Match Play Championship … Ranked third on the team with a 73.81 stroke average … Finished the regular season on a very strong note, notching his first top-20 of the season at The Kepler Intercollegiate (April 11-12) before placing a career-best ninth at The Boilermaker (April 18-19) for his first-career top-10 result … At the Kepler, had a second-round 1-under 70 … Opened The Boilermaker with a 2-under 70 and a 4-under 68 in the first two rounds … Briefly got into contention with two early birdies in the final round, but despite a late fade still finished ninth overall to help NU to a season-best third-place team finish … During the fall, closed NU’s own Windon Memorial (Sept. 21-22) with a final round even-par 70 … Best finish of the fall came in a 27th-place showing at the Rod Myers Invitational (Oct. 11-12) … Fired an even-par 71 in the second round of the Gifford Collegiate (Nov. 3-5).
2014-15 Results: Windon Memorial Classic • 77-74-70=221 (+11) (54th) Rod Myers Invitational • 73-74=147 (+3) (27th) Gifford Collegiate • 74-71-74=219 (+6) (34th) Big Ten Match Play Championship, 1-1-1
Halved with Tom Harris (MD)
Def. Tyler Lowenstein (MINN)
Lost to Ben-Marvin Egel (PU)
The Goodwin • 73-72-76=221 (+11) (90th) Kepler Intercollegiate • 76-70-73=219 (+6) (18th) The Boilermaker • 70-68-77=215 (-1) (9th) Big Ten Championships • 80-77-74-77=308 (+20)
2013-14: Competed in 10 of Northwestern's 11 regular-season tournaments as a member of the team lineup ... Had NU's third-best full-season stroke average with a 74.65 mark ... Academic All-Big Ten ... Best finish of the year was a 16th-place effort at the Rod Myers Invitational (Oct. 12-13) where he helped the Wildcats win the team championship ... Opened the Rod Myers with a 2-under 70, a tally he matched in the final round of the Erin Hills Intercollegiate (Oct. 8) ... Also had a 1-under 69 in the second round of the Gifford Collegiate at Pelican Hill (Nov. 5) ... Finished 2-1 at the Big Ten Match Play Championship to open the spring season, defeating Indiana's Max Kollin in the quarterfinal round and Steven Ihm of Iowa in the third-place match ... Concluded the Big Ten Championships with a final-round 3-under 69, tied for the best score of the tournament, to leap up into the top-20 with a 19th-place finish.
2013-14 Results: Olympia Fields CC/Fighting Illini Invitational • 78-74-70=222 (37th) Windon Memorial Classic • 73-74-76=223 (31st) Erin Hills Intercollegiate • 72-80-70=222 (30th) Rod Myers Invitational • 70-74-75=219 (16th) Gifford Collegiate at Pelican Hill • 71-69-80=220 (36th) Big Ten Match Play Championship • 2-1
Def. Max Kollin (IU), 1 up
Lost to Austin Eoff (PU), 5 and 4
Def. Steven Ihm (IOWA), 5 and 3
Puerto Rico Classic • 73-78-75=226 (64th) Kepler Intercollegiate • 73-73-78=224 (28th) Boilermaker Invitational • 74-74-74=222 (26th) Big Ten Championships • 82-75-75-69=301 (19th) NCAA San Antonio Regional • 80-74-81=235 (70th)
2012-13: Competed in eight stroke play events and the Big Ten Match Play Championship as a member of the team lineup ... Ranked third on the team with a 74.46 stroke average and seven rounds at par or better ... After a rough opening 6-over 78 at the Puerto Rico Classic (2/17-2/19), bounced back to shot 3-under 69 and a season-best 4-under 68 to rebound all the way up to a 22nd-place finish ... Those scores kick started a strong spring season that included two top-20 finishes ... Was at or below par in every round of the Fresno State Lexus Golf Classic (3/4-3/5), opening with a 72 before carding a 3-under 69 and a 2-under 70 to place a career-best 11th ... Closed the regular season with a 12th-place result that helped NU to the team title at its own Spring Invitational (4/15-4/16) ... Twice recorded second-round even-par 71s during the fall, first at NU's own Windon Memorial Classic and again at the Gifford Collegiate at CordeValle ... Best fall finish was a 33rd-place result at the season-opening Inverness Intercollegiate ... Outside of collegiate competition, advanced out of U.S. Open local qualifying at Northmoor County Club in Highland Park, Ill., with a t-5 69 before winning a playoff on the second hole to move on to the Sectional qualifier (5/6).
2012-13 Results: Inverness Intercollegiate • 75-75-75=225 (33rd) Windon Memorial Classic • 79-71-78=228 (37th) Gifford Collegiate at CordeValle • 72-71-78=221 (36th) Big Ten Match Play Championship • 1-2
Lost to Gareth Blease (MSU), 1 up
Def. Brett McIntosh (U-M), 6 and 5
Lost to David Mills (IU), 5 and 4
Puerto Rico Classic • 78-69-68=215 (22nd) Fresno State Lexus Golf Classic • 72-69-70=211 (11th) U.S. Intercollegiate • 72-76-72=220 (62nd) Northwestern Spring Invitational • 74-73-74=221 (12th) Big Ten Championships • 75-80-77-73=305 (33rd) NCAA Baton Rouge Regional • 81-82-76=239 (65th)
2011-12: Competed in eight Northwestern stroke play tournaments, five as a member of the team lineup and three times as an individual while also playing in the Big Ten Match Play Championship ... Had six rounds of par or better and three in the 60s ... Fired a 2-under 69 in his first collegiate round at the Marshall Invitational (Sept. 12-13) ... Finished a fall-season-best 29th at that tournament ... Shot a 2-under 70 in the second round of The Prestige at PGA WEST (Oct. 10) ... In Northwestern's match play win over then-No. 1 UCLA on October 13 at Evanston Golf Club, earned a half point with a halved match against Alex Kim ... Playing as an individual at the NYX Hoosier Invitational, fired a second-round 6-under 65 to match Eric Chun's NU-best score of the season and help himself to a season-best15th-place individual finish.
2011-12 Results: Marshall Invitational • 69-75-71=215 (29th) Olympia Fields CC/Fighting Illini Invitational • 71-82-79=232 (66th) The Prestige at PGA WEST • 72-70-81=223 (63rd) UCLA Match • Halve with Alex Kim Windon Memorial Classic • 75-71-74=220 (47th) (played as an individual) Gifford Collegiate at CordeValle • 82-80-81=243 (71st) Big Ten Match Play Championship •1-3
Lost to Jens Talbert (Penn State), 2 and 1
Lost to Joseph Winslow (Iowa), 3 and 2
Def. Matt Turner (Ohio State), 1-up
Lost to Tyler Lowenstein (Minnesota), 5 and 3
Barona Collegiate Cup • 69-80-79=228 (78th) (played as an individual) NYX Hoosier Invitational • 75-65-76=216 (15th) (played as an individual) Kepler Intercollegiate • 82-77-78=237 (52nd)
High School: During the summer of 2010, played his final five tournaments with a stroke average of 70.6, shooting 70 or better in nine of 15 rounds ... Has been the medalist in 34 of 44 high school events ... Grossmont Hills All-League first team in 2008, 2009 and 2010 while earning All-CIF San Diego Section first team in 2009 and 2010 ... HP Scholastic All-America Team in 2010 ... Qualified for the CIF in all of his high school seasons ... Lead high school to CIF in 2008 and to the league title in 2009 ... Ranked second in his class of 560 ... AP Scholar ... Honor roll in all years of high school.
Personal: Born Matthew Gihun Negri ... Song of Mark and Young Negri ... Chose Northwestern over Yale and Illinois ... Majoring in communication studies.