March 29, 2014
PALO ALTO, Calif. -- Northwestern moved up one spot in the team standings Saturday during a tough, rainy day of competition in the second round of The Goodwin at the Stanford Golf Course.
No. 46 Northwestern carded a 9-over 289 Saturday on a difficult day for scoring that featured one stoppage of play for the weather to jump from a ninth-place tie to an eighth-place tie among the 18-team field alongside Fresno State. NU's 15-over 575 (286-289) is two strokes ahead of 10th place Colorado State, three shots in front of No. 22 UNLV, five shots clear of No. 33 San Diego State and six shots on top of No. 43 TCU. The top of the field -- which as a whole features 10 squads ranked in the current Golfstat.com top 50 -- has gained some separation on the scoreboard. NU and Fresno State trail a sixth-place tie between St. Mary's (Calif.) and No. 14 UAB by eight shots.
Just as he did yesterday during an early charge to 5-under par, senior Jack Perry (Santa Barbara, Calif./Santa Barbara) carded three birdies on the front nine in the second round, though he also made two bogeys this time around. He repeated that pattern on the back side with three more birdies and two more bogeys for a six-birdie 2-under 68 in the second round, a total that vaulted him from 17th place into solo fifth entering Sunday's final round.
Perry's 68 was among the best scores of the day in very tough conditions. His total after 36 holes is 3-under 137 (69-68).
Sophomore Andrew Whalen (Ephrata, Wash./Ephrata Senior) fought hard all day in the driving rain, carding 14 total pars against three bogeys and a birdie for a 2-over 72. Whalen answered an early Saturday bogey with a birdie at No. 4 during an even-par front nine, then carded two bogeys on the back side for his second straight 72, which moved him up 11 spots in the standings to 38th at 4-over 144 (72-72).
Junior Bennett Lavin (Deerfield, Ill./Deerfield) made par on his first five holes Saturday before a double bogey at the sixth. He bounced back immediately with a birdie at No. 7 for a 1-over 36 going out. Three bogeys in his first four holes on the back nine put him at 4-over on the day, but he rolled into the finish with five-straight pars to stay on that number and post a 4-over 74. Lavin is in 53rd overall at 7-over 147 (73-74).
Sophomore Scott Smith (Pepper Pike, Ohio/University School) got off to a very hot start in the cool rain, making birdie at both the second and the fourth holes. A pair of bogeys dropped him back to even before a double bogey at No. 9 led to a 2-over 37 on the front side. On the back nine, Smith had a wild finish with two birdies, three bogeys and a double in his final six holes to finish his second round at 5-over 75 and sit in 69th position with a 9-over 149 (74-75).
Sophomore Josh Jamieson (St. Andrews, Scotland/High School of Dundee) saw his second round derailed by a couple of double bogeys and a triple bogey en route to an 8-over 78, which could have been higher if not for great fight for birdies at Nos. 16 and 17 late in the day. He is in 74th place at 10-over 150 (72-78).
The third and final round of The Goodwin takes place tomorrow, Sunday, March 30. Live results can be found at Golfstat.com
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