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    Northwestern Tops Michigan at Big Ten Match Play, 3-1-1

    Bennett Lavin recorded a huge 7 and 5 victory for Northwestern Saturday morning.

    Bennett Lavin recorded a huge 7 and 5 victory for Northwestern Saturday morning.

    Feb. 9, 2013

    Big Ten Match Play Championships Live Results

    BRADENTON, Fla. -- Northwestern bounced back from a quarterfinal loss at the 2013 Big Ten Match Play Championship with a 3-1-1 win over Michigan Saturday morning in consolation bracket play. The Wildcats now will face Indiana in the fifth-place match Saturday afternoon.

    The victory makes Northwestern 15-2 all-time in the five-year history of the tournament. NU's other loss also came in the quarterfinal round in 2009, after which it then won both of its consolation matches to take fifth place.

    Following is a match-by-match account of Northwestern's match with Michigan, which began on No. 10 tee:

    No. 1: Chris O'Neill (U-M) def. Jack Perry (NU), 1 up

    Perry spent the majority of his match Saturday morning trailing, but he fought to keep close the entire way. After going 2 down on the sixth, he immediately got a hole back with a winning par at No. 16. He nearly squared the match on No. 2 but his opponent chipped in to halve with a par. On the next hole, O'Neill went 2 up via a winning par before again Perry was denied an opportunity for a win when his Wolverine foe drained a 20-footer for par at No. 4 to halve.



    On the fifth, Perry played smart to card a bogey and won the hole when O'Neill put two balls in the water, but the U-M player went dormie at No. 8 after winning the seventh with a birdie. Perry staved off the loss with a winning bogey on the eighth before succumbing in the match, 1 up.

    No. 2: Bennett Lavin (NU) def. Miguel Echavarria (U-M), 7 and 5

    Lavin was even with Echavarria for exactly two holes Saturday morning before pulling away for a big victory without losing a single hole in the match. He won the third hole of the match with a par, the fourth with a birdie and the fifth with a par to open a 3 up lead through five. That lead extended to 6 up through 12 holes after wins at Nos. 18, 1 and 2 via a par, par and birdie combination before Lavin closed out his big win with a birdie at No. 4.

    No. 3: Andrew Whalen (NU) def. Matt Alessi (U-M), 2 and 1

    Whalen won the opening hole of his match against Alessi, but his morning went downhill from there. The Michigan senior immediately squared the score on the next hole before winning Nos. 15, 16 and 17 to go 3-up on the Northwestern freshman. Whalen, in the pedigree of a Wildcat golfer, fought back right away with a birdie at No. 18 to make the turn 2 down.

    Alessi would get to 2 up through 11 holes before Whalen's comeback began in earnest. He first made par at No. 3, then got a winning birdie at No. 4 to square the match. He amazingly took the lead on the 475-yard par 4 fifth hole with a triple bogey after Alessi carded a nine. Whalen then continued his momentum with a winning par at No. 6 before closing out the 2 and 1 victory with a winning par at No. 8.

    No. 4: Matthew Negri (NU) def. Brett McIntosh (U-M), 6 and 5

    Negri took advantage of two early McIntosh bogeys to build a 2 up lead through three holes in the No. 4 match Saturday morning. That lead fluctuated a bit over the front nine, with Negri re-establishing his margin with a winning birdie at the 560-yard par-5 17th hole.

    From there, Negri went for the kill, winning the next four holes in a row with a par-par-birdie-birdie run that put him dormie six on the fourth tee. Both players made par on that hole, ending the match in a 6 and 5 Negri victory.

    No. 5: Josh Jamieson (NU) and Andrew Yeager (U-M) halved

    Par was the score to win in this match between Jamieson and Yeager. With the competition all square through six holes, Jamieson won No. 16 with a par before giving the hole back with a bogey at the 17th. He still would turn with a 1 up edge, however, after taking advantage of a Yeager bogey at No. 18.

    Jamieson pushed his lead to 2 up with a birdie at the 572-yard par 5 third hole and maintained that edge to go dormie on No. 8. Incredibly, Jamieson would lose No. 17 to an eight after he himself carded a nine on the 369-yard par 4 hole. Yeager then birdied No. 18 to halve the match.


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