March 28, 2014
PALO ALTO, Calif. -- Northwestern finds itself in a four-way tie for 9th position after the opening round Friday of The Goodwin hosted by Stanford at the Stanford Golf Course.
No. 44 NU carded a 6-over 286 on the 6,727-yard, par-70 layout to sit alongside No. 19 Washington, Loyola Marymount and Colorado State among the 18-team field. The quartet is four strokes behind eighth-place No. 43 TCU and five shots in back of seventh-place No. 33 San Diego State.
Ten of the 18 teams in the field, including the Wildcats, are ranked in the Golfstat.com most current top 50.
Senior Jack Perry (Santa Barbara, Calif./Santa Barbara) had a hot start to this tournament with a blemish free, three-birdie front nine. He started the back side with birdies at both Nos. 10 and 11 to briefly get to 5-under par and a share of the individual lead with Stanford's Patrick Rodgers. A bogey at No. 12 and a double bogey at No. 13 cooled Perry off, and he eventually completed his opening round with a 1-under 69 that put him 17th in the field.
Sophomores Andrew Whalen (Ephrata, Wash./Ephrata Senior) and Josh Jamieson (St. Andrews, Scotland/High School of Dundee) both sit tied for 48th overall after opening 2-over 72s on Friday. Whalen opened with a birdie on the 521-yard par-5 first hole before suffering three bogeys in a stretch from holes No. 6 through 11. He then made par on his final seven holes for his 72. Jamieson had two birdies and two bogeys in his outbound even-par 35 before coming home in 2-over 37.
Junior Bennett Lavin (Deerfield, Ill./Deerfield) bounced back from two early bogeys with a birdie at the par-4 fifth hole. He remained at 1-over par until finding trouble in the form of a double bogey at No. 12 that put him 3-over on the day, which is where he would finish with a 3-over 73 to find himself in 57th position after one round.
Sophomore Scott Smith (Pepper Pike, Ohio/University School) saw pair of double bogeys reach his card for an outbound 3-over 38. He then made eight-straight pars on the back nine before finishing with a bogey and a 65th-place 4-over 74.
The second round of The Goodwin takes place tomorrow, Saturday, March 29. Live results can be found at Golfstat.com
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