April 19, 2014
Kampen Course West Lafayette, Ind.
Day One Results
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. -- With just 10 strokes separating second from ninth, Northwestern is among a tightly bunched gaggle of teams toward the top of the standings after 36 holes Saturday at the Boilermaker Invitational on the Kampen Course, setting the stage for a fun final round Sunday.
The Wildcats fired identical scores of 8-over 296 in the first and second rounds for a fifth-place total of 16-over 592 among the 15-team field; their second round score was comprised of four counting 2-over 74s. NU began the shotgun start on holes No. 4 through 7.
Northwestern is one stroke behind fourth-place Iowa and four shots in back of third-place UCLA. NU leads sixth-place Wichita State by a shot and is just four shots in front of an eighth-place tie between Michigan State and Indiana. No. 9 Illinois leads the event by five strokes over Louisville.
With so much movement possible, the final round of the Boilermaker Invitational starting at 7:45 a.m. CT/8:45 a.m. ET tomorrow, Sunday, April 20, should prove to be exciting.
Sophomore Andrew Whalen (Ephrata, Wash./Ephrata) was tied for the individual lead after carding a 2-under 70 in Saturday's opening round. He clawed his way to 2-under with a pair of early birdies before giving those strokes back and sitting at even-par with two holes left. He went birdie-birdie on those holes, the 471-yard par 4 third and the monstrous 517-yard par-4 fourth, to earn his first-place tie heading into the afternoon.
As well as the morning went for Whalen, the afternoon was the complete opposite. He began with a bogey on his first hole and made two double bogeys en route to a 5-over 77. He is in 16th place at 3-over 147 (70-77).
Though his day started with a birdie on his very first hole, junior Matthew Negri (El Cajon, Calif./Grossmont) struggled to 4-over par through 11 in the first round. He settled in at that point to fight back with two birdies coming home for a 2-over 74 in the morning.
Negri again birdied his first hole of the afternoon round -- the 593-yard par-5 sixth -- but was 3-over par with two holes to play. A birdie at No. 4 gave him an identical 2-over 74 in the afternoon and places him 20th in the field at 4-over 148 (74-74).
Senior Jack Perry (Santa Barbara, Calif./Santa Barbara) was 2-under through eight holes Saturday morning before disaster struck at the 185-yard par-3 13th, where he rinsed three balls and took a 9. He fought back with four birdies overall in the round to card a 4-over 76. In the afternoon, Perry again found trouble with a double bogey-bogey-bogey stretch from Nos. 10 to 12 that put him 3-over through eight. Again, he found back to play in red numbers from there, finishing at 2-over 74 for a 36-hole, 32nd-place total of 6-over 150 (76-74).
Sophomore Scott Smith (Pepper Pike, Ohio/University Park) -- as he has been doing in recent tournaments -- start both his Saturday rounds red hot. In the morning, Smith was 2-under through four holes before six total bogeys led to an opening 4-over 76. In the afternoon, Smith was 1-under through seven after back-to-back birdies at Nos. 11 and 12. He remained on that number until a double bogey at the 600-yard par-5 16th, a bogey at No. 18 and another bogey at No. 1. He was able to finish with a birdie on his 35th hole of the day for a second-round 2-over 74 to sit tied with Perry at 32nd with a 6-over 150 (76-74).
Junior Bennett Lavin (Deerfield, Ill./Deerfield) had a difficult morning a 7-over 79 in the morning before bouncing back to card one of NU's four 74s in the afternoon. He looked destined for another big number in the second round after three bogeys in his first four holes, but play 1-under par golf from there including birdies at Nos. 1 and 4 en route to a 7-stroke improvement and a 2-over 74. Lavin moved from 66th place after the first round to 53rd following 36 holes at 11-over 153 (79-74).
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