May 17, 2013
Round Two Results
BATON ROUGE, La. -- After 36 holes of play at the 2013 NCAA Baton Rouge Regional at The University Club, Northwestern is in eighth place entering Saturday's final round.
The Wildcats carded a 16-over 304 Friday to fall back one position in the team standings at 31-over 607 (303-304), three strokes behind No. 7 seed and 38th-ranked Tennessee and 10 strokes in back of a two-way tie for fifth between host and No. 3 seed LSU and ninth-seeded Coastal Carolina. The top five teams after tomorrow's final round earn a berth in the NCAA National Championships later this month in Atlanta.
Though NU sits 10 strokes off the pace for a trip to the NCAA finals, there is precedent for a final round Wildcats' charge. In 2011 Northwestern faced a similarly steep task before making an epic sprint up the standings helped by then-freshman Jack Perry (Santa Barbara, Calif./Santa Barbara) and then-sophomore Nick Losole (Scottsdale, Ariz./Scottsdale Notre Dame), finishing the Colorado Regional in third position after entering the last day in eighth.
Northwestern went off on the back nine Friday paired with No. 3 seed LSU and No. 11 seed Wichita State. NU entered the day tied with the host Tigers and one stroke in front of the Shockers.
Losole led NU for the second-straight day, moving up to fifth in the individual standings with an even-par 72 that puts him at 1-over 143 (73-72) for the tournament. Losole opened with an early birdie at No. 11 before a double bogey at No. 13 and bogey at No. 15 turned him at 2-over 38. The senior fought back with three birdies against one bogey on the front side for his 72.
Junior Jack Perry (Santa Barbara, Calif./Santa Barbara) also had an early double bogey, this one at No. 15 to put him at 3-over par through six holes. He would play the remainder of his round at 1-under par with birdies at Nos. 18, 2 and 6 for a 2-over 74 that is good for a 23rd-place 6-over 150 (76-74).
Sophomore Bennett Lavin (Deerfield, Ill./Deerfield) was the lone Wildcat to avoid a double bogey or worse in his first six holes Friday, carding four bogeys and five pars to turn at 4-over 40. He then made par on each and every hole on the front nine for a 4-over 76, good for a 39th-place 36-hole total of 10-over 154 (78-76).
Sophomore Matthew Negri (El Cajon, Calif./Grossmont) opened with a birdie at No. 10 but two bogeys and two double bogeys led to an outbound 4-over 41. He made a second birdie at the par-4 first hole, but again big numbers took over en route to a 10-over 82, which unfortunately for the 'Cats had to count in the team score on Friday. Negri enters the final round in 73rd place at 10-over 163 (81-82).
Freshman Andrew Whalen (Ephrata, Wash./Ephrata Senior) had about as tough a start as anyone could in his first nine holes with four bogeys, a double, a triple and a quadruple for a 13-over 49. Much to his credit, he recovered to shoot a 1-under 35 on the front with two bogeys and three birdies to give him momentum entering Saturday despite a second-round 12-over 84 that puts him 62nd in the field at 16-over 160 (76-84).
The third and final round of the 2013 NCAA Baton Rouge Regional gets underway with 7:30 a.m. CT tee times tomorrow, Saturday, May 18. Live results can be found at Golfstat.com.
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