May 19, 2012
BOWLING GREEN, Ky. -- Northwestern completed play at the 2012 NCAA Bowling Green Regional Saturday, carding a 6-over 294 to conclude the competition in eighth place, one spot above its No. 9 seed but shy of the top-5 finish necessary to advance to the NCAA National Championships.
"We played hard to the final whistle and pushed these teams to the end," head coach Pat Goss tweeted. "There is no quit in this team. (I'm) sad to see (seniors) Eric Chun and Sam Chien done. Proud of both of them. (They) had a great four years."
NU finished one shot behind seventh-place No. 26 Texas State and two shots behind sixth-place No. 11 Arkansas with its 17-over 881 (301-286-294). The fifth and final NCAA Championships berth went to No. 39 Memphis at 12-over par.
Sophomore Jack Perry (Santa Barbara, Calif./Santa Barbara) began his final round right where he left off following Friday's 4-under 68, making birdie at No. 1 and another at No. 6 to get to 2-under par. He gave a shot back at No. 8 to turn at 1-under 35, then made seven pars against one bogey and one birdie on the back nine for his second-straight under par round and a ninth-place Regional finish at 2-under 214 (75-68-71).
Junior Nick Losole (Scottsdale, Ariz./Scottsdale Notre Dame) found himself at 3-over through four holes of play Saturday after a double bogey at No. 4. He recovered with birdies at No. 6 and the difficult par-4 ninth to battle back to 1-over 37 going out. He made par on the first seven holes of the back nine before a bogey at No. 17 but finished his Regional with a birdie on the final hole for a 1-over 73 and a 30th-place 7-over 223 (77-73-73).
Senior Eric Chun (Ansung City, South Korea/International Christian School) drained a 25-foot putt for par on the first hole before a birdie at No. 2 and a great up-and-down for par at No. 4, but his day went downhill from there with four bogeys to turn at 4-over 40. He was able to make all pars on the back nine until a bogey at the last gave him a final round 5-over 77 and a three-day total of 5-over 221 (74-70-77), placing him 23rd in the field.
Freshman Bennett Lavin (Deerfield, Ill./Deerfield) recovered from a bogey-bogey start to birdie the fourth hole before a string of five pars helped him into the turn at 1-over 37. He then got to even on his day with a birdie at No. 10, but a bogey at No. 11 and a double bogey at No. 13 put him back to 3-over par, which is where he finished his day. Lavin completed his first collegiate NCAA Regional in 43rd place at 10-over 226 (75-76-75).
Senior Sam Chien (San Diego, Calif./Mt. Carmel) found disaster on his opening hole Saturday, losing his tee shot and finally ending up with a 9 on the card. He fought back admirably with a birdie at the second hole, then carded three birdies in a four-hole stretch from No. 9 to No. 12 to get back to 4-over on the day. Playing his final collegiate round, Chien finished the back nine at 2-under 34 to card a 3-over 75 after walking to the second tee at 5-over par. Chien ended up in 57th place at 17-over 233 (83-75-75).
For Chun and Chien, the round marked their final outings as Wildcats. Chun concluded his career with the 2009 Big Ten championship and four-career wins, and has had an All-America caliber senior season. Chien won the Navy Fall Classic with a record final-round 64 as a sophomore and claimed the silver medal at this year's Big Ten Championships.
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