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    Two Wildcats in Top-15 at NCAA San Antonio Regional

    May 15, 2014

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    Northwestern NCAA San Antonio Regional
    Briggs Ranch Golf Course • San Antonio, Texas

    Round One Results
    Northwestern

    SAN ANTONIO -- Northwestern has a pair of Wildcats in the top-15 after the opening round Thursday of the NCAA San Antonio Regional at Briggs Ranch Golf Club.

    Senior Jack Perry (Santa Barbara, Calif./Santa Barbara) in sixth and sophomore Andrew Whalen (Ephrata, Wash./Ephrata) in 15th led the Wildcats with strong performances atop the lineup while the team score searched for depth further down the order. NU ended the day in 11th place in the team standings at 11-over 299, three strokes behind 10th place No. 30 South Florida. NU is nine shots behind a tie for fifth between No. 18 UCLA and TCU; the top five teams after 54 holes advance to the NCAA National Championships.

    Northwestern began its NCAA Regional with tee times off No. 10.

    Fresh off medalling at his U.S. Open local qualifying site Monday, Perry carried his strong play into Thursday's opening NCAA Regional round with a bogey-free 2-under 70. Perry made birdie at the driveable 314-yard par-4 14th hole on his first nine and another at the 510-yard par-5 fifth hole on his second while grinding out pars elsewhere. He is three strokes behind the individual lead after his third bogey-free round of 2013-14.

    Whalen had two bogeys in his first three holes Thursday to quickly find himself at 2-over par. He was able to turn at just 1-over, then used back-to-back birdies later in the round at Nos. 4 and 5 to claw back to even, where he was able to stay for a 15th-place place opening even-par 72.

    Senior John Callahan (Hindsale, Ill./Benet Academy), making his second start of the year in the team lineup, opened with a bogey but quickly got under par with birdies on the two back nine par-5 holes at Nos. 11 and 13. A double bogey two holes later led to a 2-over 38 going out before a 4-over 40 coming back in placed Callahan in 69th place at 6-over 78.

    While Callahan had kind of a wild day with three birdies in his 78, sophomore Josh Jamieson (St. Andrews, Scotland/High School of Dundee) avoided the large number but also was unable to make birdie en route to a 7-over 79 to place him 71st. He carded seven bogeys - three in his first nine and four in his second - and 11 pars to account for his total. Jamieson nearly made birdie at the short 314-yard par-4 14th when he drove the ball to chipping distance, but his short birdie putt lipped out.

    Junior Matthew Negri (El Cajon, Calif./Grossmont) was steady in his opening nine, answering three early bogeys with two birdies to turn at 1-over 37. Now on the front side, the floodgates opened and Negri struggled to a 7-over 43 coming in to put him 74th in the field at 8-over 80. It is worth noting that Negri also opened the Big Ten Championships two weeks ago with a number north of 80 before finishing with a tournament-field-best 3-under 69 in the final round.

    The NCAA San Antonio Regional continues tomorrow, Friday, May 16, with the second round of play.

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