May 18, 2012
NCAA Bowling Green Regional Day Two Results (PDF Format)
BOWLING GREEN, Ky. -- Northwestern moved up three spots in the 2012 NCAA Bowling Green Regional during the second round Friday, carding a 2-under 286 to sit one spot shy of a berth in the NCAA National Championships with 18 holes to play.
"Big day today," head coach Pat Goss tweeted before the round. "Need to stay in striking distance. Last day of Regionals the pressure is palpable and anything can happen."
Northwestern teed off the back nine Friday, making for a "softer open" according to Goss. The Wildcats immediately found red numbers and stayed there through the more difficult front side to end the day at 11-over 587 (301-286), good for a sixth-place tie with Colorado State. NU is four shots behind fifth-place No. 46 Virginia Tech and five shots in back of fourth-place No. 39 Memphis. The top four teams after tomorrow's final round earn a trip to the NCAA National Championships.
Sophomore Jack Perry (Santa Barbara, Calif./Santa Barbara) bogeyed No. 10, then boarded the birdie train and never got off the rest of the day. He first got back to even par with a birdie on the short 14th hole before birdies at Nos. 16 and 18 led to a 2-under 34 going out. On the front side, Perry hit a 5-iron on the 219-yard par-3 third hole nice and tight, draining the putt to get to 3-under on the day. Back-to-back birdies at Nos. 5 and 6 then got Perry all the way down to 5-under par before a bogey at the difficult par-4 ninth hole gave him a 4-under 68 for the day and a 1-under 143 (75-68) for the tournament, good for 11th place overall.
"Perry has been impressive today, really in control of his game," Goss tweeted.
Senior Eric Chun (Ansung City, South Korea/International Christian School) bolted from the gate Friday, making three birdies in his first five holes. On the uphill 553-yard par-5 11th, he carried a 3-wood 263 yards into wind to land it on the green for a two-putt 4. He followed that with birdies at Nos. 12 and 14 before giving back a shot at the 15th. Chun then carded 12-straight pars to end his day, but it was not as simple as that sounds. He chipped in for one par and got up-and-down from the hazard on the ninth hole to make another during a terrific grind of a day.
Chun's 2-under 70 put him at even-par 144 (74-70) for the tournament, good for 13th place entering Saturday's final round.
Junior Nick Losole (Scottsdale, Ariz./Scottsdale Notre Dame) carded a double bogey on No. 10 to start his second round, but quickly responded with three-consecutive birdies to get under par. On No. 12, he hit his approach to four feet before hitting another great shot from the tee at the par-3 13th. On the driveable 331-yard par-4 14th, Losole put his tee shot on the green for a two-putt birdie.
He followed up that streak with back-to-back bogeys at Nos. 15 and 16, then a double bogey from a plugged bunker lie at No. 3 put Losole at 3-over for the day. He responded with a birdie at No. 4 before another bogey at No. 7. His response to THAT bogey was the ultimate response. On the par-3 eighth hole playing to 177 yards, Losole one-hopped a 7-iron into the cup for a huge NCAA Regional hole-in-one, giving him a second-round 1-over 73 and a 36-hole total of 6-over 150 (77-73). He is in 34th place.
Senior Sam Chien (San Diego, Calif./Mt. Carmel) shook off his opening 83 Thursday to turn in a score of 3-over 75 Friday, an eight-shot improvement. On his third hole of the day, the 441-yard par-4 12th, Chien nearly jarred his approach for a tap-in birdie. He gave a stroke back when he was "untidy" after a good tee shot on the par-3 16th hole before turning at 1-over following another bogey at the 17th.
Chien opened his front nine with a birdie at No. 1 and another at No. 4, but four front side bogeys left him in 72nd place at 14-over 158 (83-75) after Friday's action. Chien is in 64th place individually.
Freshman Bennett Lavin (Deerfield, Ill./Deerfield) made double bogey on his first hole Friday before getting a stroke back with a birdie putt from two feet at No. 12. He then made four-straight pars before a tough 6-over stretch on the next five holes of his round ballooned his score to 7-over through 12 holes. Lavin gave himself a ton of momentum going into Saturday's final round, however, with birdies at Nos. 4, 7 and the very difficult ninth to claw back to a 4-over 76 and a two-day total of 7-over 151 (75-76), good for 39th in the field.
"Proud of Lavin for fighting all day," Goss tweeted. "Love the spirit."
Northwestern returns to action in the final round tomorrow, Saturday, May 20, at 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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