April 15, 2013
GLENVIEW, Ill. -- Led by junior Jack Perry's (Santa Barbara, Calif./Santa Barbara) back-to-back 5-under 67s, Northwestern leads its own 14-team Spring Invitational at The Glen Club after 36 holes of play Monday.
With all five Wildcats in the top-11 in the field as individuals, NU as a team carded rounds of 11-under 277 during a more mild morning loop before turning in a 2-over 290 in tougher conditions in the afternoon. Northwestern's 36-hole total of 9-under 567 is six shots in front of second place Ohio State.
One day after final round Masters dramatics played out in the rain, the opening 36 holes of the Northwestern Spring Invitational played out in similar conditions. Competitors enjoyed warm conditions under soft cloud cover while fighting a strong southerly breeze in the morning. After sun poked through the canopy midway through the day, much of the second round was played in a steady rain ranging from a drizzle to solid soaking. Temperatures remained in the 60s for the entirety of the day.
Perry held the lead following the first round after opening with a 5-under par 67 that featured seven total birdies. He opened the front nine birdie-birdie and closed it in the same way en route to an outbound 4-under par 32. Two more back-to-back birdies at Nos. 14 and 15 got him to 6-under before a bogey at the tough 204-yard par-3 17th to end his morning.
He did not get untracked quite as quickly through wet conditions in the second round and Ohio State's Boo Timko began to reel him in. Perry then exploded for five birdies in his final six holes to shoot another 5-under 67 and take a seven-shot lead on the field at 10-under 134.
Senior Nick Losole (Scottsdale, Ariz./Scottsdale Notre Dame) nearly matched Perry in the first round, carding four birdies on the front nine against one bogey for a 3-under 33 going out. He then made eight pars on the back side with a birdie at the 503-yard par-5 14th to sign for an opening 4-under 68.
Losole's second 18 began with a double bogey, bogey combo on his second and third holes before a string of 10 pars. He made birdie at the 14th for the second-straight round but back-to-back three putts down the stretch left him at 4-over 76 in the afternoon and even-par 144 for the tournament, good for fourth position.
Freshman Josh Jamieson (St. Andrews, Scotland/High School of Dundee) began his day on the third hole and quickly made bogey at the 156-yard par-3 fourth, but it would be his last bogey of the morning. Consecutive birdies at Nos. 6 and 7 put him in red numbers before two more birdies at Nos. 12 and 14 accounted for his first-collegiate round in the 60s, a 3-under par 69.
He, like Losole, struggled in the afternoon, finding himself 5-over par through six holes. From there he played 1-under par golf to shoot a 4-over 76 to enter Tuesday's final round in sixth place at 1-over 145.
Freshman Andrew Whalen (Ephrata, Wash./Ephrata Senior) was even par in the first round through 14 holes before a tough double bogey at No. 16. He battled back with a birdie at the 559-yard par-5 first -- his final hole of the round -- to card an opening 1-over 73. After three early bogeys in his second round, Whalen fought his way back to even par with birdies at Nos. 8 and 10 before he gave two shots back with bogeys at 13 and 16 to leave him in 11th overall at 3-over 147 (74-73).
Sophomore Matthew Negri (El Cajon, Calif./Grossmont) was all over the map Monday morning, making just six pars total in a round of 2-over 74. His second round was much calmer with three bogeys against two birdies, the final of which came on his last hole of the shotgun start, the 408-yard par-4 second. Negri is tied with Whalen for 11th at 3-over 147 (74-73).
Three Wildcats are competing in the Northwestern Spring Invitational as individuals. Sophomore Bennett Lavin (Deerfield, Ill./Deerfield) is in 15th position after an even-par 72 in the opening round and a 4-over 76 in the afternoon. Scott Smith (Pepper Pike, Ohio/University School) is 40th overall at 9-over 153 (78-75) and John Callahan (Hinsdale, Ill./Benet Academy), who won NU's Windon Memorial in the fall as an individual competitor, is 46th at 10-over 154 (81-73) after bucking the trend of the day and besting his morning round by eight full strokes in the rain-drenched afternoon.
The final round of the Northwestern Spring Invitational gets underway with tee times off the front and back at 8 a.m. CT tomorrow, Tuesday, April 16.
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