May 16, 2013
Round One Results
BATON ROUGE, La. -- After the opening round Thursday of the 2013 NCAA Baton Rouge Regional at The University Club, Northwestern is in a seventh-place tie with host and 17th-ranked LSU, just three shots out of an NCAA National Championships qualification spot.
Sixth-seeded NU fired an opening round 15-over 303 on the challenging track to sit even with No. 3 seed LSU, one stroke behind No. 9 seed Coastal Carolina and three shots in back of a fourth-place tie between No. 5 seed Houston and No. 7 seed Tennessee. The top five teams at the end of 54 holes advance to the NCAA National Championships in Atlanta.
Northwestern went off on the back nine paired with No. 4 seed Mississippi State and No. 5 seed Houston.
Senior Nick Losole (Scottsdale, Ariz./Scottsdale Notre Dame) led Northwestern in the opening round and currently is in the top 10 after a ninth-place 1-over 73. He made six-straight pars to begin his day Thursday before a double bogey at the long 215-yard par-3 16th. He bounced back right away with the first of his four birdies on the day, all of which came within an eight-hole span from Nos. 17 through to the par-5 sixth. Also in that stretch was a trio of bogeys, accounting for his final total.
Junior Jack Perry (Santa Barbara, Calif./Santa Barbara) found red numbers with a birdie on his very first hole, the 444-yard par-4 10th before a mistake at the par-5 11th gave that shot back. He remained at 1-over par and played largely well on his round until a bogey on No. 7 and a double bogey on his final hole, the 467-yard par 4 ninth, left him at 4-over 76 on the day, good for 32nd position.
Freshman Andrew Whalen (Ephrata, Wash./Ephrata Senior) birdied the 557-yard par-5 11th hole to get to red figures early in his first-career NCAA action before giving that stroke back immediately at the 12th. He would eventually turn at 1-over 37 before disaster struck at the 456-yard first, where Whalen carded a quadruple bogey 8. The freshman showed fight, playing his final eight holes after that in 1-under par for an opening 4-over 76, tying him with Perry in 32nd.
Sophomore Bennett Lavin (Deerfield, Ill./Deerfield) struggled out of the gate Thursday, making a triple bogey on his third hole. He would eventually turn at 7-over 43, which was actually one stroke better than teammate Matthew Negri (El Cajon, Calif./Grossmont). Knowing the Wildcats would need some fight, Lavin birdied the third and fifth holes while making par the rest of the way until No. 9. Though he would give one shot back there at the last, his 6-over 78 helped keep NU within striking distance and put him in 49th overall.
Negri made three-straight bogeys on holes 11 through 13 to begin his Regional, and things did not get any easier from there. A quadruple bogey 7 on the par-3 16th led to an eventual 62nd place 9-over 81 for the sophomore.
The second round of the 2013 NCAA Baton Rouge Regional gets underway with 8 a.m. CT tee times tomorrow, Friday, May 17. Live results can be found at Golfstat.com.
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