March 22, 2012
Barona Collegiate Cup Round One Results
LAKESIDE, Calif. -- Northwestern officially is tied for eighth after one round of play at the Barona Collegiate Cup with the 16-team tournament currently under suspension late in the second round due to darkness.
Northwestern is tied with fellow Big Ten school Illinois at 2-under 358 after one round of play, three strokes behind seventh-place Saint Mary's (Calif.) and two shots in front of a 10th place tie between Arizona and Pepperdine.
The tournament is a 6 count 5 format, whereas most college tournaments see teams field squads of five and count the lowest four scores toward the team total each round. Thursday's second round will be completed at 9:30 a.m. CT tomorrow, Friday, March 23, before teams remain in the same pairings to play the final round.
Senior Eric Chun (Ansung City, South Korea/International Christian School) is in 12th place after one round of play at 4-under 68. He opened with a birdie at the 541-yard par-5 first after almost holing a pitch from in front of the green, then carded another on the second after hitting his approach to 15 feet and nailing the uphill putt. Chun's day went to 3-under following a second up-and-down par-5 birdie at the sixth, though he gave a stroke back at No. 7 for a 2-under 34 going out.
The senior then made birdies on three of his first five holes on the back nine to plunge to 5-under, eventually carding that 68.
Senior Sam Chien (San Diego, Calif./Mt. Carmel) got up-and-down from the bunker to birdie the opening par 5, then saved par at No. 2 following another up-and-down -- this one from high grass 50 yards off the green.
"There is nothing like a momentum saving par after a poor shot," head coach Pat Goss tweeted.
Chien went on to birdie the fourth, but found himself 1-over par following a bogey-double bogey combination on holes No. 6 and 7. He immediately clawed back to even par with a birdie at No. 8. On the back nine, Chien carded eight pars and a birdie at the 174-yard par-3 16th to turn in a 34th-place 1-under 71. "Sam hit some bad shots but hangs in there, keeps fighting, and shoots 71," Goss tweeted between rounds.
Sophomore Jack Perry (Santa Barbara, Calif./Santa Barbara) got off to a slow start Thursday morning, finding himself 2-over through four before settling in to play 3-under par golf with 11 pars and three birdies the rest of the way for an opening 1-under 71, tying him with Chien in 34th position.
Freshman Bennett Lavin (Deerfield, Ill./Deerfield) got to red numbers early Thursday morning on the par-5 6th, hitting a great cut hybrid with the ball above his feet on his second shot to set up a birdie. Three-straight bogeys around the turn, including two 3-putts, shot him up to 2-over par before he recovered with a fist-pump-inducing birdie at the 12th and a beautiful wedge approach spun back off the slope at the 13th for another birdie. Lavin was not bothered by a 20-minute wait to tee off at the par-5 17th, making birdie to again get into red figures, but a sloppy double bogey at No. 18 left him with a 55th-place 1-over 73 in the opening round.
Junior Nick Losole (Scottsdale, Ariz./Scottsdale Notre Dame) struggled to 4-over par after 10 holes during the morning round, but got one stroke back with a great spinny wedge approach at the par-5 13th that set up a birdie. He gave that stroke back at No. 15 before making birdie on his final hole of the morning to card a 3-over 75 that placed him 78th in the field.
Sophomore John Callahan (Hinsdale, Ill./Benet Academy) struggled to a 12-over 84 in the morning round to complete NU's team lineup.
Playing as an individual, freshman Matthew Negri (El Cajon, Calif./Grossmont) made a bogey on his first hole before surging into contention with four front nine birdies, including three in a row from holes No. 7 through 9. He completed the morning tied for 16th at 3-under 69.
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