March 28, 2013
Round One Results
PALO ALTO, Calif. -- Northwestern began play Thursday at the 17-team U.S. Intercollegiate hosted by Stanford at the Stanford Golf Course, completing the opening 18 holes of the 54-hole event.
No. 29 Northwestern was paired with No. 10 Stanford and No. 12 TCU in the opening round of the event, teeing off the back nine. The Wildcats find themselves in a tie for 10th place alongside Iowa after carding a 4-over 284, one stroke behind Colorado and two shots in back of eighth-place Oregon.
Freshman Josh Jamieson (St. Andrews, Scotland/High School of Dundee) opened his tournament with five-straight pars before a birdie at No. 15. Back-to-back bogeys at 17 and 18 turned him at 1-over 36. Jamieson was able to get back to even at the first and then again with a birdie on No. 5 before finishing his day with four pars for an even-par 25th place 70. That is a collegiate-best total score for the NU rookie.
Freshman Andrew Whalen (Ephrata, Wash./Ephrata Senior) made birdie at his second hole Thursday before quick bogeys at Nos. 12 and 14 led him to turn at 1-over par. Whalen was able to get back to even immediately on the front side with a birdie at the par-5 first, but he gave that stroke right back at the second. Seven pars conclude his opening round at 1-over 71, good for 31st place.
Junior Jack Perry (Santa Barbara, Calif./Santa Barbara) played his first side in 1-under par Thursday before giving a stroke back at his 11th hole, the par-4 second. Following a nice birdie at the par-3 eighth, Perry ended with a double bogey on his final hole of the day -- one of two made at No. 9 by his group that also included sixth-ranked individual Julien Brun of TCU and ninth-ranked Patrick Rodgers of Stanford. Perry is tied with Whalen for 31st at 1-over 71.
Sophomore Matthew Negri (El Cajon, Calif./Grossmont) had a rough start Thursday, spending most of the day as NU's non-scorer after seeing his score grow to 3-over par through six and 4-over through 11. Negri fought back, however, with birdies at the fifth and the par-5 seventh to sign for a 49th place 2-over 72, which became huge as senior Nick Losole (Scottsdale, Ariz./Scottsdale Notre Dame) struggled to close his opening round.
Losole played his opening nine in 1-under 34 via two birdies and a bogey, but endured a disastrous stretch from Nos. 2 through 4, which he played in 5-over par. Even par golf the rest of the way with a birdie at No. 7 and a closing bogey at No. 9 left him in 66th position overall with a 4-over 74.
Being Spring Break, Northwestern's three team members not in the overall lineup are in California competing as individuals. Sophomore Bennett Lavin (Deerfield, Ill./Deerfield) fared the best of the trio on Thursday with four birdies during a 1-over 71 that places him 31st in field. Junior John Callahan (Hinsdale, Ill./Benet Academy) carded a 89th-place 7-over 77 while redshirt freshman Scott Smith (Pepper Pike, Ohio/University School) is 94th after an 8-over 78.
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