April 16, 2013
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NU Invitational Final Results
GLENVIEW, Ill. -- Junior Jack Perry (Santa Barbara, Calif./Santa Barbara) broke a school record held by touring pros David Lipsky and Luke Donald, and Northwestern as a team ran away with its own Spring Invitational that concluded with the final round Tuesday, April 16, at The Glen Club.
Perry matched his career-best score with a bogey free final round 6-under 66 to finish the tournament at 16-under 200 (67-67-66), the best 54-hole tournament total in school history. He won the event by eight strokes over second-place Boo Timko of Ohio State.
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As a team, three Wildcats finished among the top five and Northwestern captured the team win by 12 strokes over second-place Ohio State. NU carded a 54-hole total of 20-under 844 (277-290-277), beginning and ending the tourney with rounds of 11-under 277 that tie for the 10th best single round team scores in program history.
Perry's total bested the previous mark of 202 established by current Asian Tour and Web.com Tour member David Lipsky at the 2010 UNCG Bridgestone Collegiate and former World No. 1 Luke Donald at the 2001 U.S. Collegiate Championships. His accomplishment is even more impressive considering only two teams and five individuals finished under par at all in the NU Spring Invitational.
Perry's win is his second of the year and of his career after he captured the season-opening Inverness Intercollegiate in September to help lead NU to the team title in that event, as well. In nine stroke play events in 2012-13, Perry has seven top-20s and four top-10s while firing 14 total rounds at par or better.
Perry's record-breaking round began with a good break at No. 2 when his drive found a bad lie near a gorse bush. He hit a 9-iron to 30 feet then drained the putt up a ridge for his first birdie. Another birdie followed at No. 5 before his round really started heating up on the back nine. At No. 10, Perry hit a wedge to 12 feet before a 6-iron tee shot at the tough par-3 11th ended up 15 feet from the cup. He drained both putts for back-to-back birdies.
On the short par-5 14th, Perry hit driver, 4-iron and then got up-and-down for a fifth birdie. On 15, his approach fell short in a bunker but he was able to make a sand save for par. He then hit an 8-iron to 15 feet on the 16th and drained his putt to get down to 6-under par. From there, he had a nice two-putt par from 50 feet at 17 and nearly drained a putt for a 199 on 18, but still was able to tap in to break the school record by a pair of shots.
Senior Nick Losole (Scottsdale, Ariz./Scottsdale Notre Dame) played bogey-free golf on Tuesday. He made birdie at the first, fifth and seventh to turn in 3-under 33. Another birdie at the 503-yard par-5 14th got him down to 4-under par where he would finish the event with a 68. Losole placed fourth overall with a 4-under 212 (68-76-68).
After establishing a collegiate-best with a 3-under 69 in the opening round Monday, freshman Josh Jamieson (St. Andrews, Scotland/High School of Dundee) matched that mark again Tuesday. Four birdies on the front nine resulted in an outbound 2-under 34, where he remained until consecutive birdies at Nos. 14 and 15 put him at 4-under par. He would give one stroke back to end up at 69 again, but still easily recorded his best college finish with a fifth-place 2-under 214 (69-76-69).
Sophomore Matthew Negri (El Cajon, Calif./Grossmont) got off to a slow start Tuesday with a bogey at No. 1 and another at No. 3 when his drive found a bush. He fought back with four-straight pars before a birdie at the short par-4 eighth, then continued to consistently make par until he got back to even with another birdie at No. 15. He was unable to maintain that pace, though, closing with two bogeys for a 2-over 74 and a 54-hole total of 5-over 221 (74-73-74).
Freshman Andrew Whalen (Ephrata, Wash./Ephrata) played the front nine in 1-over 37 but got back to even par immediately with a birdie at the 333-yard par-4 10th. He then got five straight pars before back-to-back bogeys left him at 2-over 74 for the final round and 5-over 221 (73-74-74) for the event, good for 12th place.
Three Wildcats competed as individuals not counting toward the team score and redshirt freshman Scott Smith (Pepper Pike, Ohio/University School) led the way Tuesday with a career-best 3-under 69. Smith opened with a birdie but gave that stroke back immediately, then finished his front nine birdie-birdie to turn at 2-under 34. After a bogey at the 12th, he recovered again with consecutive birdies at 14 and 15 for his first collegiate round in the 60s, jumping all the way up to 22nd in the standings at 6-over 222 (78-75-69) after starting the day in 40th.
Sophomore Bennett Lavin (Deerfield, Ill./Deerfield) finished the tournament one stroke ahead of Smith in 12th place at 5-over 221 (72-76-73). He opened the final round with seven pars and still was even on the day through 15. A bogey at the 451-yard par-4 16th left him at 1-over 73 in the final round.
Junior John Callahan (Hinsdale, Ill./Benet Academy) continued his recovery from his opening 81 with a 1-over 73 which was identical to what he shot in Monday's second round. Callahan was 1-under through 16 holes before a bogey-bogey finish placed him 41st in the field at 11-over 227 (81-73-73).
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