May 4, 2014
2014 Big Ten Championships
The Pete Dye Course French Lick Resort French Lick, Ind.
FRENCH LICK, Ind. -- Led by senior Jack Perry's (Santa Barbara, Calif./Santa Barbara) third-place finish and junior Matthew Negri's (El Cajon, Calif./Grossmont) final round 69, Northwestern took fourth at the 2014 Big Ten Championships on The Pete Dye Course at the French Lick Resort.
No. 50 NU shot a final round 9-over 297 to finish one stroke ahead of No. 43 Purdue at 53-over 1,205 (301-301-305-297). Minnesota won the team title over No. 9 Illinois in second and No. 35 Iowa in third place. NU now awaits the 2014 NCAA Championships Selection Show that will air between 9-10 a.m. CT tomorrow, Monday, May 5, on Golf Channel during Morning Drive.
As was the case for every round of the tournament, Northwestern got three solid scores -- including one outstanding 69 on Sunday -- while searching for that fourth counting number.
Perry began the day in third place and remained there after his third 1-over 73 of the tournament on the difficult Pete Dye layout. He had two birdies and two bogeys on his outward nine, then made one bogey against eight pars coming back in for a 72-hole total of 6-over 294 (73-75-73-73).
Perry earned Big Ten All-Tournament team honors with his best-career finish at the event. He tied with Minnesota's Jon Trasamer for third; the duo was five shots behind a tie for medalist between Illinois Charlie Danielson and Minnesota's Jose Mendez.
While Perry had a strong day, Negri had an outstanding day. Negri, who opened the tournament with a 10-over 82 on Friday morning before bouncing back for 75s in the middle rounds, was 2-over par Sunday through five holes. From there he caught fire, making three birdies and an eagle at the 504-yard par-5 14th hole to shoot a 3-under 69 and vault all the way up from 36th entering the day into the top-20 with a 19th-place 13-over 301 (82-75-75-69).
Sophomore Scott Smith (Pepper Pike, Ohio/University School) shot his best score of the 2014 Big Ten Championships in the final round. After turned in 4-over 40 following a four-over par final three holes on the front nine, Smith made two bogeys and two birdies for an even-par back side that led to a 4-over 76. He ended up 49th in the field at 25-over 313 (79-80-88-76).
Sophomore Andrew Whalen (Ephrata, Wash./Ephrata) shot a 7-over 79 in the final round with the majority of the damage done on a quadruple bogey 7 at the 191-yard par-3 fourth hole. He carded one birdie, two bogeys and one double bogey other than that rough start to finish the tournament in 24th place overall at 16-over 304 (74-72-79-79).
Junior Bennett Lavin (Deerfield, Ill./Deerfield) had a wild final round. He had six bogeys and one birdie on the front nine for a 5-over 41 going out, then made three birdies in the first five holes of the back nine to get back down to 3-over par. A bogey-bogey-double bogey stretch from Nos. 15 through 17, however, dropped him to 7-over 79 on the day and a 46th-place 24-over 312 (75-79-79-79) for the tournament.
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