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    Northwestern Falls to Purdue, 4-1, in Big Ten Match Play Semis

    Feb. 15, 2014

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

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    BRADENTON, Fla. -- Purdue led from the outset in Saturday morning's semifinal match against Northwestern at the Big Ten Match Play Championship, handing the Wildcats a rare loss in the tournament, 4-1.

    "Congrats to Purdue," tweeted head coach Pat Goss. "They played well. We gave them too many holes through mistakes. Another match this afternoon."

    The loss is just the third in six years for Northwestern at the Big Ten Match Play Championship; NU won the title in three straight years from 2010-12. Now, the Wildcats will face Iowa in the third place match Saturday afternoon after the Hawkeyes fell to Michigan, 3-1-1, in their semifinal contest.

    Sustained winds at 17 mph put a premium on ball control in the match, and both sides saw several hole victories with bogey or worse. Below is the breakdown of each match.

    Match 1: Adam Schenk (PU) def. Jack Perry (NU), 2 and 1

    Perry and Schenk each had early wins in this match before the Purdue competitor won four out of five holes on a stretch from Nos. 6 through 10 to take a 3 up lead. Perry battled back with a birdie victory at the 170-yard par 3 11th hole, then holed a 12-foot birdie putt on the par-5 13th just to stay level with Schenk after he also birdied the hole.

    Perry made another birdie to win at No. 16 and draw within a hole, but Schenk closed out the match, 2 and 1 with a victory at the 17th.

    Match 2: Austin Eoff (PU) def. Matthew Negri (NU), 5 and 4

    After halving the first hole of this match, Negri and Eoff traded victories through the early going until a Negri winning par at No. 6 cut Eoff's early edge to 1-up. From there, Negri came unraveled, dropping four-straight holes to Eoff during a stretch in which the Boilermaker won just one of them with something other than an over par mark.

    Negri righted the ship with a birdie victory at No. 11 before bogeys at Nos. 13 and 14 yielded an Eoff 5 and 4 win.

    Match 3: Philippe Schweizer (PU) def. Bennett Lavin (NU), 3 and 1

    Schweizer built a 3 up lead in this match through six holes before Lavin was fortunate enough to get a win via bogey at the 374-yard par-4 eighth hole, then he used that momentum to get another win with a par at the ninth, turning the match just 1 down to his opponent.

    Schweizer began to pull away midway through the back nine with par victories at Nos. 13 and 14 to go 3 up, and although Lavin got a win at the 16th, his Boilermaker foe picked up the victory, 3 and 1 with a win while dormie at No. 17.

    Match 4: Enzo Perez (PU) def. Josh Jamieson (NU), 1 up

    No holes were halved in this match until the eighth hole, putting both the Wildcat and Boilermaker on a roller coaster at The Concession. Perez took the first two holes before Jamieson bounced back with winning pars at Nos. 3 and 4. Perez took advantage of a Jamieson bogey at the fifth, but the NU sophomore roared back to birdie six and seven to jump into the lead.

    That halve at No. 8? The front pin position on the short 374-yard par-4 led to both Jamieson and Perez carding scores of quad 8. After the two competitors made the turn, Perez won the first three holes of the back nine to jump to a 2 up lead. Jamieson fought back immediately with a victory at the par-5 13th, then squared the match at No. 16. Perez, however, birdied No. 17 to stand 1 up on the 18th tee, which the pair halved to give Purdue the victory.

    Match 5: Andrew Whalen (NU) def. Luis Fernando Barco (PU), 4 and 3

    Whalen jumped out to a quick two hole lead in this match, aided by a "nifty" up and down for par on the first before he drained a 30-foot birdie putt on the tough 471-yard par 4 second hole. With Whalen still 2 up after six holes, Barco reeled off two birdies at Nos. 7 and 8 to square the match, but Whalen countered with a birdie of his own at No. 9 to hit the turn with the match still in his favor.

    After three straight halves to start the back nine, Whalen went birdie-par-birdie from Nos. 13 through 15 to win all three holes and capture an emphatic 4 and 3 victory -- his second at the 2014 Big Ten Match Play Championship.

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