April 27, 2013
FRENCH LICK, Ind. -- Carding the third best score of the third round Saturday at the 2013 Big Ten Championships on the Pete Dye Course at the French Lick Resort, Northwestern moved up one spot in the team standings entering Sunday's final round.
The Wildcats shot an 8-over 296 to move one spot ahead of Michigan State into sixth position at 33-over 897 (296-305-396), three shots behind fifth-place Ohio State and seven shots in back of a tie for third between Indiana and Iowa.
After a quick start teeing off on No. 10 for the day, Northwestern played the more difficult front side in a spitting rain and blowing wind that hampered birdie chances.
Junior Jack Perry (Santa Barbara, Calif./Santa Barbara) was the lone Wildcat to make a bogey before a birdie in Saturday's third round, but he followed his blemish at No. 12 with an immediate birdie at No. 13 to get back to even par. From there, Perry made nine-straight pars before a pair of bogeys at Nos. 5 and 6, but again he bounced back with a birdie at the par-5 seventh to sign for his third-straight 1-over 73 in the tourney. Perry enters Sunday's final round in fifth place at 3-over 219 (73-73-73), two strokes out of a tie for second.
Senior Nick Losole
(Scottsdale, Ariz./Scottsdale Notre Dame) went back-to-back birdies to start Saturday before running into trouble with a double bogey at the 15 followed by two more bogeys. A birdie at the par-5 18th to close the back nine turned him at 1-over 37 and gave him some momentum moving to the tough front nine where he carded eight pars and a bogey to sign for a 2-over 74. Losole is in 16th place at 7-over 223 (74-75-74) entering the final round.
Freshman Andrew Whalen (Ephrata, Wash./Ephrata Senior) paired birdies at Nos. 10 and 13 with bogeys at the 11th and 14th for an even-par back nine 36. He started the front side with a birdie at the first but three bogeys coming home left him at 2-over 74 for the day and 9-over 225 (74-77-74) for the tournament, good for 20th entering Sunday's final round.
Freshman Josh Jamieson (St. Andrews, Scotland/High School of Dundee) got off to a hot start Saturday with birdies on three of his first four holes. His momentum slowed with pars at the scoreable 14th and 15th before he made the turn to the front side at 2-under 34. An immediate double bogey at No. 1 and bogey at No. 2 pushed him over par and eventually to 4-over through 17, but he concluded his day with a birdie at No. 9 to fight his way to a 3-over 75 and a 54-hole total of 14-over 230 (75-80-75). He is 39th overall.
Sophomore Matthew Negri (El Cajon, Calif./Grossmont) had a strong start to his day with birdies at Nos. 12 and 13 to get to 2-under par. From there, though, he made bogey on four of the last five holes on the back side. His lone par in that stretch came on the par-3 16th where he got a bit of luck when his wayward tee shot bounced off the rocks straight up in the air and he was able to get up and down.
After making the turn, Negri carded five-straight pars before finishing his day with three bogeys in his final four holes to finish at 5-over 77, placing him 47th overall at 16-over 232 (75-80-77).
The fourth and final round of the 2013 Big Ten Championships begins at 7 a.m. CT/8 a.m. local time tomorrow, Sunday, April 28.
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