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    Three 1-Up Victories Propel NU Past Indiana at Big Ten Match Play

    Feb. 14, 2014

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    Northwestern Northwestern 4, Indiana 1
    Big Ten Match Play Quarterfinal • The Concession Golf Club • Bradenton, Fla.

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    BRADENTON, Fla. -- Northwestern earned a 4-1 victory over Indiana Friday in the quarterfinal round of the 2014 Big Ten Match Play Championship at The Concession Golf Club on the strength of a trio of tight 1-up victories.

    "Match was closer than the score," tweeted head coach Pat Goss. "Indiana fought hard to the end. Enjoyed the match."

    With the victory, Northwestern now is 17-2 all-time in the Big Ten Match Play Championship, advancing to the semifinals for the fourth time in six stagings of the event. The Wildcats will face Purdue in the semifinal Saturday morning.

    Indiana advanced to the quarterfinal match on the strength of a 4-1 victory against No. 11 seed Wisconsin in the opening round Friday morning.

    Match 1: Jack Perry (NU) def. David Mills (IND), 1-up

    Perry and Mills had the marquee match of the day at No. 1 with Perry holding off his senior Hoosier counterpart at the very end. Perry held a 2-up edge through six holes and built that to 3-up on two occasions, including after a winning par at the 200-yard par-3 fourth hole. With the match still in the balance ahead of them on the course, Mills fought back with a win at No. 5 when Perry ran into double-bogey trouble, and against won at No. 8 after Perry went dormie 2. A halved final hole gave Perry the match.

    Match 2: Matthew Negri (NU) def. Max Kollin (IND), 1-up

    Negri and Kollin traded wins over the first four holes before Negri grabbed a 1-up lead with a birdie at the 422-yard par-4 15th hole. Kollin squared things at No. 18 to turn the match before Negri went on a run, winning Nos. 2, 3 and 5 via pars to establish a commanding 3-up lead with four holes to play. Kollin fought back to win the next two holes when Negri ran into trouble, but Negri closed out the 1-up victory with halving pars on the 17th and 18th to clinch the match for Northwestern.

    Match 3: Nicholas Grubnich (IND) def. Bennett Lavin (NU), 4 and 2

    Lavin and Grubnich played a wild match in which just four holes were halved. Down one hole after seven, Lavin won No. 16 and then No. 1 after the turn to briefly go 1-up in the match. From there, Grubnich won five of the next six holes to run away with the win.

    Match 4: Josh Jamieson (NU) def. Will Seger (IND), 1-up

    After halving the first four holes of this match, Jamieson and Seger traded punches through the middle of the match. Neither golfer was able to go up by more than one hole at any given time. After Seger won an ugly No. 2 via a bogey, he held that lead until Jamieson captured the 17th hole of the match, the 374-yard par-4 eighth, with a par before winning the match with another par at the final hole, giving NU a 2-0 lead in the match.

    Match 5: Andrew Whalen (NU) def. Andrew Havill (IND), 3 and 2

    Whalen fell behind Havill immediately with a nasty double bogey on the first hole in which his opponent never had to hit his second shot before he conceded, but that would be the only hole Whalen dropped in the entire match. Whalen got it right back with a par on the 170-yard par-3 second. The two then halved nine of the next 10 holes in a row with the lone exception being a Whalen win via par at No. 16. Whalen made a significant par save during that stretch at No. 5 when he hit a 6-iron approach to 20 feet -- with a 7-foot alligator lurking 20 feet in front of him.

    Two-straight Whalen wins with pars at Nos. 4 and 5 set up an insurmountable advantage from which Whalen emerged a 3 and 2 winner.

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