March 5, 2013
FRESNO, Calif. -- One round after charging up the leaderboard in dramatic fashion, Northwestern remained in fourth place after Tuesday's final 18 holes at the 17-team Fresno State Lexus Golf Classic at Belmont Country Club.
Northwestern finished behind only No. 1 California, No. 44 BYU and Fresno State, which was competing on its home course. The Wildcats' 54-hole total of 1-under 1,079 (367-352-360) was four strokes behind the third-place Cougars and five shots in back of the second-place Bulldogs. The Fresno State Lexus Classic is a 6-count-5 format tournament.
Freshman Andrew Whalen (Ephrata, Wash./Ephrata Senior) turned his best-collegiate effort in Tuesday's final round, carding a 4-under 68 to pace the Wildcats. Whalen's day began inauspiciously with a bogey at the first before two late birdies on the front side had him turning at 1-under 35. He again started the back nine off with a bogey at No. 10, but a birdie at No. 12 and then three-straight from Nos. 15 to 17 ended his tournament on a hot streak. His birdie on No. 17 was of the tap-in variety after his eagle attempt on the short 316-yard par-4 lipped out.
Whalen climbed all the way up to 12th in the field after beginning the final round in 25th. His 54-hole total was 4-under 212 (73-71-68).
Sophomore Matthew Negri (El Cajon, Calif./Grossmont) bogeyed his very first hole of the final round before back-to-back birdies at Nos. 3 and 4 got him to red numbers, where he stayed until giving a shot back at No. 11. Still at even par entering the final two holes, Negri finished his tournament birdie-birdie to sign for a 2-under 70 and finish the event in an NU-best 11th place at 5-under 211 (72-69-70). That finish also was a career-best for Negri.
Freshman Josh Jamieson (St. Andrews, Scotland/High School of Dundee) started and finished his front nine with bogeys while making a birdie in the middle at No. 5 to turn at 1-over 37. After an early bogey on the back side, he would fight to even par with birdies on Nos. 15 and 17 before a final bogey on his 54th hole left him at 1-over 73 for the day and 5-over 221 (77-71-73) for the tournament, good for 52nd place.
Junior Jack Perry (Santa Barbara, Calif./Santa Barbara) struggled to find consistency in Tuesday's final round, turning at 1-over 37 before an immediate double bogey at No. 10 put him 3-over on the day. He would eventually get to 4-over par before back-to-back birdies at Nos. 15 and 16 recovered a few strokes to send him to a 2-over 74 and a 29th-place tournament total of 2-over 218 (74-70-74).
Senior Nick Losole (Scottsdale, Ariz./Scottsdale Notre Dame) made NU's first birdie of the day courtesy of a little 9-iron to six feet on the short 124-yard par-3 second hole, one of three birdies on the front nine that helped him turn at 1-under 35. Two bogeys and a double bogey at the par-5 12th on the back nine, however, left him at 3-over 75 for the round. Losole finished alongside Perry in 29th place with a 2-over 218 (72-71-75).
Sophomore Bennett Lavin (Deerfield, Ill./Deerfield) made birdie at the fifth to get to 1-under Tuesday before a string of five-straight bogeys from Nos. 6 through 10. He recovered to play even-par golf the rest of the way to finish the day with a 4-over 76 and the tournament with a 77th-place 10-over 226 (76-74-76).
Northwestern now is off for winter quarter final exams before returning to the course March 28-30 at the U.S. Intercollegiate in Palo Alto, Calif.
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