March 30, 2014
Stanford Golf Course Palo Alto, Calif.
PALO ALTO, Calif. -- Led by senior Jack Perry's (Santa Barbara, Calif./Santa Barbara) fourth-place individual effort, Northwestern finished eighth as a team after Sunday's final round at The Goodwin hosted by Stanford at the Stanford Golf Course.
NU carded its best total of the tournament Sunday with an even-par 280 on the 6,727-yard, par-70 Stanford Golf Course to finish at 15-over 855 (286-289-280). The Wildcats entered the day in a tie for eighth and faced a significant eight-stroke separation between themselves and a sixth-place tie ahead of them on the leaderboard. NU was able to cut that deficit to three shots by the end of the final round, but could not overcome it completely.
No. 46 Northwestern finished ahead of ranked foes No. 22 UNLV, No. 33 San Diego State and No. 43 TCU while placing behind host and team champion No. 7 Stanford along with No. 14 UAB, No. 18 UCLA, No. 19 Washington, No. 28 USC and No. 45 Oregon. The field had 10 top 50 Golfstat.com programs among its 18 entries.
Perry made five more birdies Sunday to give him 16 total for the tournament and three rounds all in the 60s. The senior carded three birdies on the front nine in the final round while giving back a stroke at No. 6 for an outbound 2-under 33, then played the back nine in even par with a pair of birdies and a pair of bogeys. He ended the event at 5-under 205 (69-68-68).
Perry's fourth-place finish was his fifth top-10 in eight stroke play events this season. He has a trio of top-four efforts including one victory and one runner-up.
Sophomore Andrew Whalen (Ephrata, Wash./Ephrata) jumped up 14 spots in the individual standings with a final-round 2-under 68 that equaled Perry's Sunday output. Whalen birdied the par-5 first hole before back-to-back bogeys at Nos. 5 and 6. From there, he made three additional birdies and nine pars to finish 24th at 2-over 212 (72-72-68).
Sophomore Scott Smith (Pepper Pike, Ohio/University School) on Sunday was terrific at avoiding the big number that plagued him in the first two rounds, leading to his best score of The Goodwin by three shots. Smith opened par-bogey-bogey before he got to red numbers with birdies at Nos. 6, 9 and 11. A couple of late bogeys down the stretch led to a final round 1-over 71 and a 61st-place total of 10-over 220 (74-75-71).
Junior Bennett Lavin (Deerfield, Ill./Deerfield) opened with a birdie Sunday and also carded a late birdie at No. 16, but five bogeys in between led to a 3-over 73. The consistent Lavin finished in 61st-place at 10-over 220 (73-74-73).
Sophomore Josh Jamieson (St. Andrews, Scotland/High School of Dundee) was two over par after four holes Sunday, then made birdies at Nos. 7 and 11 to get back to even par. A triple bogey and a double bogey coming in left him at 6-over 76 in the final round and 16-over 226 (72-78-76) for the tournament.
Northwestern returns to action April 12-13 at Ohio State's Kepler Intercollegiate.
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