April 26, 2013
2013 Big Ten Championships 36 Hole Results
FRENCH LICK, Ind. -- After 36 holes of play at the 2013 Big Ten Championships, Northwestern is in seventh position led by junior Jack Perry (Santa Barbara, Calif./Santa Barbara), who is in sixth place.
"Solid first round, all five played solidly," Goss tweeted after a morning 8-over 296 that put the Wildcats in fourth position. The Pete Dye Course had its way with the 'Cats in the afternoon, however, with early poor driving and a rough finish in the second round leading to a 17-over 305 and a 36-hole team total of 25-over (296-305).
NU is tied with Michigan State, three strokes behind a fifth-place tie between Purdue and Ohio State.
Perry got cracking early in the opening round with a birdie at the long 610-yard par-5 third hole but a string of three bogeys in four holes surrounding the turn left him at 2-over through 10. Perry fought back to make seven pars and a late birdie at the 17th to lead NU in the morning with a 1-over 73.
Two bogeys and an eagle at the 534-yard par-5 seventh gave Perry an even-par 36 on the front nine in the afternoon round. He got into red figures with a chip-in birdie at the 14th but bogeys at Nos. 15 and 17 put him back in the black for another 1-over 73 and a 36-hole total of 2-over 146 to place him in a tie for sixth overall, six shots off the individual pace.
Senior Nick Losole (Scottsdale, Ariz./Scottsdale Notre Dame), a great course manager with a game suited to the Pete Dye Course's tough layout, played to his strengths for the majority of the morning round. He made 15 pars surrounding one mistake at the short 350-yard par-4 fifth that led to a double bogey, then finished his first round with a bogey-birdie combo at Nos. 17 and 18 for a 2-over 74.
Losole struggled mightily early on in the afternoon round, making five bogeys en route to a 5-over 41 going out. On the back nine things could have gotten worse, but instead the senior showed the trademark fight of a Wildcat. On 11, he asked for relief around the green but it was not granted. So instead, Losole chipped in for birdie. Then, on No. 14, he hit a great hybrid into the par-5 green for another birdie. Though he would drop a shot at the 17th, he finished the second round with a birdie at 18 to battle back to a 3-over 75 and a 36-hole total of 5-over 149, putting him 15th in the field.
Freshman Andrew Whalen (Ephrata, Wash./Ephrata Senior) managed him game well all morning in his first collegiate postseason round, making 17 pars with a lot of simple up-and-downs. The only blemish on his card was a double-bogey at the 465-yard par-4 17th after 16-straight pars that gave him a first round 2-over 74.
Whalen had a tougher go of things in the afternoon, playing the front side in 4-over 40 after two bogeys and a double. Another bogey at the 10th put him 5-over for the second round before he rebounded with birdies at Nos. 13 and 15. He would end up giving both of those strokes back, though, to finish at 5-over 77 to place him 26th at the halfway point of the tournament at 7-over 151.
Sophomore Matthew Negri (El Cajon, Calif./Grossmont) found himself 4-over par through 12 holes Friday morning before draining a 6-footer for birdie at No. 15 to end his opening round at 3-over 75. In the second round, Negri was unable to find any birdies on the course and entered the final three holes at 4-over for the afternoon. That stretch proved to be trouble for Negri, who went bogey-double-bogey to sign for an 8-over 80. He is in 42nd place at 11-over 155 entering Saturday's third round.
Freshman Josh Jamieson (St. Andrews, Scotland/High School of Dundee) made four bogeys during the front side of his first-career Big Ten Championships, but he also made a spectacular birdie at the 189-yard par-3 fourth, hitting a 6-iron to inside of a foot for a tap-in 2. Turning at 3-over 39, Jamieson made double at the 12th before getting those strokes back with a birdie at the par-3 13th and a fist-pump inducing 15-foot birdie putt at par-3 16th to give him morning birdies on three of the Pete Dye course's four par-3 holes and a first-round 3-over 75.
Jamieson's second round began and ended with birdies, but in between it got away from him to the tune of an 8-over 80. He is in 42nd place after 36 holes at 11-over 155.
The third round of the 2013 Big Ten Championships begins at 8 a.m. CT/9 a.m. local time tomorrow, Saturday, April 27.
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