May 17, 2012
Bowling Green Regional Day One Results (PDF Format)
BOWLING GREEN, Ky. -- Northwestern currently is in ninth position after the opening 18 holes Thursday at the NCAA Bowling Green Regional, six shots behind a four-way tie for fourth place at The Club at Olde Stone.
The Wildcats fired a 13-over 301, enduring tough stretches across the opening couple of holes on the day and the beginning of the back side. "Olde Stone is a hard test with severe greens," head coach Pat Goss tweeted. "Slow opening rounds for us. We just have to keep fighting and stay within 6-8 shots of fifth place."
The top five teams after 54 holes at the Regional advance to the NCAA National Championships. Following Thursday's action, the leaderboard is bunched up. NU is six shots behind No. 21 Clemson, No. 15 Texas A&M, No. 26 North Texas and No. 39 Memphis, all of which are tied for fourth place at 7-over 295. One shot in front of that logjam is No. 34 Chattanooga and Colorado State in second position.
Senior Eric Chun (Ansung City, South Korea/International Christian School) carded his first birdie of the day at the 580-yard par-5 second hole, hitting a hybrid left of the green before getting up-and-down for par. He bounced back from a bogey at No. 4 with a great 9-iron to 12 feet after driving into a bunker on No. 5, making the putt to begin a stretch of three-straight birdies. On the sixth, Chun chose to fly a cross bunker at 270 yards, successfully making it over to earn a 40-yard pitch-and-putt birdie on the short par-4. He then stiffed his approach from under 100 yards on the 603-yard par-5 seventh to get to 3-under and the individual lead in the early going.
Chun stumbled to a double bogey 6 on the final hole of his opening nine, then endured a stretch of four-straight bogeys on the back nine. He missed the par-11th left of the green and ended up with a 6, then drove the ball into high grass on the 12th and missed an up-and-down from the bunker. After a three-putt bogey at the 13th, Chun righted the ship with a great up-and-down par on 15 and a birdie on No. 17 for an opening 2-over 74, good for 18th position.
Sophomore Jack Perry (Santa Barbara, Calif./Santa Barbara) carded bogey on three of his first four holes before a birdie at No. 6 in the morning. He then made a fourth bogey to also post a 3-over 39 making the turn. Perry played a much more up-and-down back nine, making birdies at Nos. 12, 14 and 18 but bogeys at Nos. 13, 16 and 16 for an even-par 36 and a Thursday total of 3-over 75. Perry is 28th in the field.
Freshman Bennett Lavin (Deerfield Ill./Deerfield) began his first NCAA postseason round in shaky shape, going double bogey-bogey on the opening two holes. He then carded par on the 230-yard par-3 3rd hole playing into the wind and went on a roll from there. He dropped a birdie putt at No. 6 to get a stroke back before reeling off four-straight pars prior to giving strokes back with two bogeys at Nos. 11 and 13. A bounce-back birdie at No. 14 and four pars to finish his round contributed to a 3-over 75, which is good for 28th after 18 holes of play.
Junior Nick Losole (Scottsdale, Ariz./Scottsdale Notre Dame) struggled to a front-nine 6-over 42 Thursday morning before getting untracked in a big way on the back nine. He started with a birdie at No. 11 before making subsequent birdies at Nos. 14 and 17 to crawl all the way back to 3-over on his day. Trouble at the last led to a double-bogey 7 on the 574-yard par-5 finishing hole and an opening round score of 5-over 77, placing Losole 47th in the field.
Senior Sam Chien (San Diego, Calif./Mt. Carmel) made three bogeys in his first four holes before carding birdie on No. 5. A double bogey at No. 9 resulting for an out-of-bounds drive led to a 5-over 41 on the front. Though he would recover with a birdie to begin his back, six over-par holes led to an opening 11-over 83 for the 2012 Big Ten runner-up.
Northwestern returns to action tomorrow, Friday, May 19, in the second round of the 2012 NCAA Bowling Green Regional. Live results are available at Golfstat.com while live twitter updates from the course courtesy of Goss can be found @NUGolf_Live.
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