March 25, 2010
Barona Collegiate Cup Day One Results (PDF Format)
LAKESIDE, Calif. -- Northwestern is in fourth place after the first two rounds Thursday of the 16-team Barona Collegiate Cup at the Barona Creek Golf Club, entering Friday's final round two strokes in front of the nation's top-ranked squad, Oregon.
The Wildcats were very consistent as a team Thursday, finishing the day with four of their six entrants within one stroke of each other in the individual standings. As a squad, Northwestern is at 15-over 735 (362-373) entering the final round. NU finished strong in both the morning and afternoon, getting a combined six birdies on the 18th holes of rounds during the day of shotgun play. Schools field six golfers at the Barona Collegiate, taking scores from the low five in each round.
Northwestern is two shots behind third-place UC-Irvine and five shots in back of second-place Nevada. NU leads Golfstat's No. 1-ranked team in the nation, Oregon, by two strokes for fourth place. Tournament host and No. 35-ranked San Diego State has run away from the field, leading the tournament by 18 strokes at 8-under par.
Freshman Nick Losole (Scottsdale, Ariz./Scottsdale Notre Dame) was tied for ninth place after firing a 2-under 70 in the first round. Losole made bogey on his first hole, but carded nothing but pars and birdies on Nos. 4, 14 and 18 the rest of the way. His second round featured 12 more pars, but he made five bogies with no red numbers until a birdie on his final hole to compile a 4-over 76 and finish the first day of play at 2-over 146, good for 18th overall individually.
Junior David Lipsky (La Canada, Calif./La Canada) is tied with Losole in 18th position with a 2-over 146 (72-74). In the morning loop, Lipsky made 11 pars with birdies on Nos. 14 and 17 taking him to 2-under. A double bogey on the final hole brought him back to even par. His second round was even more eventful, featuring six bogies but four birdies within a five-hole span on the back nine to help improve him to a 2-over 74.
Sophomore Eric Chun (Ansung City, South Korea/International Christian School) is tied for 24th in the individual standings at 3-over 147 (72-75), one shot behind his two aforementioned teammates. Chun matched Lipsky's even-par 72 in the first round, playing the front side in 1-under with a birdie on the sixth hole before closing the back with two birdies and three bogies, including one on No. 18. Chun had a rough start to his second round, falling to 4-over before back-to-back birdies on Nos. 12 and 13. Another bogey on the 484-yard par 4 18th dropped him back to 3-over 75.
Josh Dupont (Poway, Calif./Cathedral Catholic) also sits at 3-over 147 (74-73) in the tournament. Dupont, who started the shotgun play on the second hole, began his day with four-straight pars before a disastrous triple-bogey on the par-5 sixth hole. The junior quickly recovered with birdies on Nos. 7 and 9 before playing the backside in 2-over fashion. A birdie on the par-5 first earned him the 2-over 74 in his morning round. In the afternoon, Dupont entered his final hole at 2-over before again making birdie on No. 1 to improve on his morning total by one stroke.
Senior Jonathan Bowers (Columbus, Ohio/Bishop Watterson) is in 35th place at 5-over 149 (74-75) after Thursday's play. Bowers made two birdies and two bogies in his first round, but a double-bogey six on the short 338-yard par 4 14th after he found trouble on the hole proved to be the difference in a 2-over 74 total. His second round was a parallel of the first, with Bowers carding three birdies against three bogies, ending up at 3-over 75 after a triple-bogey 8 on the par-5 sixth hole.
Like Dupont, Bowers began his loops on the second hole, and in both the morning and the evening he birdied the par-5 fifth hole to conclude his rounds.
Sophomore Sam Chien (San Diego, Calif./Mt. Carmel) rounded out Northwestern's Thursday efforts at 48th in the individual standings with a 36-hole total of 7-over 151 (74-77). Chien carded four birdies in his first round, but a pair of double-bogies helped send him into black numbers for a 2-over 74. Chien's second round started ugly, with the local product eventually hitting 8-over par through 11 holes before making birdies on Nos. 13, 17 and 18 to bring himself back to a 5-over 77 on the afternoon.
The final round of the Barona Collegiate Classic gets underway at 9:30 a.m. CT tomorrow, Friday, March 26. Live results are available at Golfstat.com.