Feb. 9, 2013
Big Ten Match Play Championships Live Results
BRADENTON, Fla. -- In the fifth-place match Saturday afternoon at the Big Ten Match Play Championship at the Concessions Golf Club, Northwestern defeated Indiana in a tiebreak after a 2-2-1 final score to finish the weekend with a 2-1 record in the event.
For NU, the win gives it a 16-2 overall record in the five-year-old match play tournament. The Wildcats entered this year's edition as the three-time defending champion before falling in the quarterfinals to Michigan State. Coincidentally, the only other Northwestern loss in this tournament also came in the quarterfinals in 2009, when NU also went on to win its next two matches to capture fifth place.
All five Wildcats took early leads in their matches Saturday afternoon, with Bennett Lavin (Deerfield, Ill./Deerfield) and Jack Perry (Santa Barbara, Calif./Santa Barbara) extending for large margins of victory that proved to be the difference in the tied match. Josh Jamieson (St. Andrews, Scotland/High School of Dundee) fought for a half point. Though they lost, Nick Losole (Scottsdale, Ariz./Scottsdale Notre Dame) and Matthew Negri (El Cajon, Calif./Grossmont) did so by thin enough margins that they allowed the Wildcats to take the holes won tiebreak.
Following is a match-by-match account of Northwestern's fifth-place tilt with Indiana, which began on No. 10 tee:
No. 1: Brant Peaper (IU) def. Nick Losole (NU), 2 and 1
Losole and Peaper engaged in an entertaining match all afternoon long at the Concessions Golf Club. Losole went up early with a birdie on No. 10 before Peaper squared the score with his own birdie at the par-3 14th and took the lead one hole later. Losole got his own match-squaring birdie on No. 16 only to see Peaper leap right back in front with an eagle on the 560-yard par-5 17th. Again Losole battled and ensured the match turned all-square with his third birdie of the first nine at No. 18.
Losole went 1 up when Peaper carded bogey on the first, but of course Peaper answered right back with a winning par at No. 3 before going ahead at No. 6 with another par. Both competitors made birdie at the 600-yard par-5 seventh hole, then Peaper closed out the match, 2 and 1, at the 17th.
No. 2: Jack Perry (NU) def. Michael McGee (IU), 4 and 2
Perry took the lead in this match for good on the third hole with a winning birdie at the short 337-yard par 4 12th. He turned at 2 up following another winning birdie at No. 18, then got to 3 up with a winning par at the first. Though McGee fought back with a birdie on No. 2 to pare Perry's lead to 2 up, the Northwestern junior won Nos. 6 and 7 with consecutive pars for a 4 and 2 victory.
No. 3: Bennett Lavin (NU) def. Hugo Menendez (IU), 6 and 4
After a devastating 7 and 5 win in Northwestern's morning match against Michigan, Lavin picked up right where he left off against Menendez from Indiana, starting with a winning par on the opening hole. Lavin built his lead to 4 up through five holes with three-straight wins from Nos. 12, 13 and 14 courtesy of a par-birdie-par stretch. He turned at 4 up and maintained that cushion until winning No. 4 with a par and then closing out the match, 6 and 4 with an impressive birdie on the difficult 475-yard par-4 fifth.
No. 4: David Mills (IU) def. Matthew Negri (NU), 5 and 4
Mills gradually built a 2 up lead over Northwestern's Negri through the first nine of this match, then built it into a 5 up lead with a par-birdie-par stretch on Nos. 1, 2 and 3 that Negri was unable to match. Negri fought back to win the 190-yard par-3 fourth with a par, but eventually lost the match, 5 and 4.
No. 5: Josh Jamieson (NU) and Andrew Fogg (IU) halved
After Fogg won the opening hole Saturday afternoon, Jamieson took control of this match. He immediately squared the proceedings with a winning par at No. 11, then, after the competitors halved No. 12 with match double bogeys, Jamieson took a 2 up lead with back-to-back winning pars on Nos. 13 and 14. He turned with a 3 up lead after a winning par at No. 18, but Fogg battled back with wins on the next two holes. Jamieson immediately responded by making birdie at the 572-yard par-5 third and then by winning the fourth with a par to regain his 3 up status through 13 holes.
Fogg brought Jamieson's edge down to 1 up through 16 by winning Nos. 5 and 7 when Jamieson struggled to double bogeys on both holes. A Jamieson bogey at the last allowed Fogg to earn a halve in the match.
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