April 13, 2014
The Kepler Intercollegiate
Scarlet Course Columbus, Ohio
COLUMBUS, Ohio -- On a rough day for scoring Sunday during the final round of the Kepler Intercollegiate, Northwestern ran into several large numbers and ended up in an eight-place tie among the field of 15.
"Pars win U.S. Opens...and Keplers," tweeted head coach Pat Goss, referencing the notoriously difficult tract at Ohio State's Scarlet Course.
In a tight team race between second and 10th on the scoreboard, Northwestern jumped from its t-7 position entering Sunday into fifth during early action. NU teed off the back nine to begin the day and played well as a team before the short but tricky 378-yard par-4 16th bit NU to the tune of three bogeys and a double.
"Can't make the mistakes we're making in difficult conditions," tweeted Goss after two Wildcats make short-game double bogeys midway through the round.
NU was unable to completely right the ship and carded a final-round 20-over 304 to place it tied for eighth with Charlotte at 40-over 892 (297-291-304). The squads were six strokes behind seventh-place No. 31 Kent State.
Sophomore Andrew Whalen (Ephrata, Wash./Ephrata Senior) began the day one stroke off the lead in a tie for second, and he remained one stroke back in solo second after four-straight pars and a bogey at No. 14. A three-putt bogey at No. 16 and a short-game double at No. 18, however, led to a 4-over 39 going out. Three more bogeys on his inward nine led to a 7-over 78 and a 13th-place overall finish at 5-over 218 (71-69-77).
Senior Jack Perry (Santa Barbara, Calif./Santa Barbara) looked good to rebound from as rough a day as he has had since the first tournament of the year. Entering Sunday in 45th position, Perry immediately made birdie at No. 10 but endured three-straight bogeys from Nos. 15 through 17. After the turn, a short-game double at No. 2 and a bogey at No. 3 had him 5-over par, but he fought back with the help of three birdies coming home to lead NU on Sunday with a 3-over 74. He jumped 15 places in the individual standings during the rough-and-tumble final round to place 30th overall at 12-over 225 (77-74-74).
Matthew Negri (El Cajon, Calif./Grossmont) made three bogeys in his first five holes Sunday before a birdie at No. 14. Back-to-back double bogeys followed, however, and he ended up with a 7-over 78. Negri placed one spot ahead of Perry in the individual standings at 11-over 224 (73-73-78).
Scott Smith (Pepper Pike, Ohio/University School) avoided the large numbers that plagued his Wildcats' teammates Sunday. He made a birdie on his fourth hole then had five bogeys and the rest pars in his round for a 4-over 75 and a 34th-place total of 13-over 226 (76-75-75).
Senior John Callahan (Hinsdale, Ill./Benet Academy) easily had his best round of the tournament going Sunday, standing at 2-over par through 14 holes after two bogeys and 12 pars. He made bogey on his final four holes of the tournament, however, for a 6-over 77 and a 66th-place 21-over 234 (77-80-77).
Northwestern returns to action right away next weekend, April 19-20, at the Boilermaker Invitational in West Lafayette, Ind.
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