Feb. 22, 2011
2011 Puerto Rico Classic Final Results (PDF Format)
RIO MAR, P.R. -- Northwestern moved up one position during Tuesday's final round of the Puerto Rico Classic at Rio Mar Country Club, finishing 13th in the 15-team field with a 54-hole total of 25-over 889 (289-303-297).
The Wildcats came in one stroke behind No. 29 Michigan while defeating UNC-Greensboro and East Tennessee State. The field featured 12 squads ranked in the top-45 in the nation according to Golfstat, including four of the top-six ranked programs. NU entered the week ranked No. 32.
Senior David Lipsky (La Canada, Calif./La Canada) found himself 2-over par through eight holes Tuesday with a double-bogey on the par-3 third hole contributing to that total. He recovered to play his final 10 holes in 2-under with a pair of birdies and eight pars, ending the day with an even-par 72 and the tournament with a 4-over 220 (71-77-72), good for 40th place.
Junior Eric Chun (Ansung City, South Korea/International Christian School) continued a run of awful starts on Tuesday, taking a double-bogey on his first hole that gave him five combined penalties on his three opening holes during the tournament. He eventually ballooned to 4-over through nine holes before carding four birdies against two bogeys in the second half of his round for a 2-over 74.
Despite his troubles, Chun made five more birdies Tuesday to give him 15 total in the 54-hole tourney. He finished the Puerto Rico Classic in 49th place with a 7-over 223 (74-75-74).
Senior Josh Dupont (Poway, Calif./Cathedral Catholic) had his best round of the tournament Tuesday, carding an even-par 72. He birdied his first hole of the day, the par-4 17th, but a pair of bogeys and one double-bogey on the front nine put him at 2-over through nine holes. He recovered to birdie the short par-4 13th and the par-5 15th on his way in to get back to even on the day and 7-over 223 (75-76-72) for the tournament to tie Chun in the standings.
Sophomore Nick Losole (Scottsdale, Ariz./Scottsdale Notre Dame) was in trouble all day en route to a 7-over 79, though he did make some nice recoveries on the course. He hit a great bump-and-run eight iron to get up and down for par on No. 1, then made a terrific par on No. 9. He hooked his tee shot into the trees, then punched out onto No. 8 fairway. From there, he hit it to 12 feet and drained his putt.
Unfortunately for Losole, those pars were more the exception than the rule Tuesday, leading to a 54-hole total of 8-over 224 (70-75-79) and a 57th place finish.
Freshman Brad Shigezawa (Honolulu, Hawaii/Punahou Academy) rounded out his tournament with his second-straight 8-over 80, carding two double bogeys and one triple bogey on Tuesday. He placed 73rd overall at 18-over 234 (74-80-80).
Northwestern now is off until the end of winter quarter, returning March 25-27 at the FAU Spring Break Championship in Delray Beach, Calif.
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