Sept. 14, 2013
OLYMPIA FIELDS, Ill. -- Northwestern moved up one spot in the team standings Saturday following the second round of the 15-team Olympia Fields Country Club/Fighting Illini Invitational at the Olympia Fields North Course.
NU's 18-over 298 was nine strokes better than its opening total on Friday and enabled the Wildcats to climb over Clemson into 13th position. "We shot 298 today," head coach Pat Goss tweeted after the round. "Not good, but progress! (We will be) better tomorrow." After making just one birdie in all of the first round, NU had compiled five in its first four holes on Saturday for a much quicker start.
The Wildcats lead the Tigers by three strokes and out-pace 15th-place Florida by five. NU trails 12th-place SMU by six shots. Reigning national champion Alabama leads the tournament.
Juniors Matthew Negri (El Cajon, Calif./Grossmont) and Bennett Lavin (Deerfield, Ill./Deerfield) led NU in the second round with 4-over 74 totals. Negri made par on his final eight holes of the day to move up nine spots in the individual standings to 51st at 12-over 152 (78-74) while Lavin was 1-over par through 13 holes before leaking a little at the end. Still, his 74 represented a seven-shot improvement over his opening 81, leaving him 69th overall at 15-over 155 (81-74).
Senior Jack Perry (Santa Barbara, Calif./Santa Barbara) and freshman Matt Fitzpatrick (Sheffield, England/Tapton) were each one shot behind their junior colleagues with 5-over 75s on Saturday. Perry made one birdie against six bogeys on the day to stand at 14-over 154 (79-75) after 36 holes of play. Fitzpatrick had an eventful round, making four bogeys and three birdies in his first seven holes. The first birdie of his NU career came at the 389-yard par-4 12th when he holed out from a greenside bunker.
After surviving a roller coaster 1-over 36 on the way out, Fitzpatrick was hurt by a double bogey on the front side en route to an inward 4-over 39. He leads Northwestern individually, however, after two days of play with a 42nd-place total of 11-over 151 (76-75).
NU's first-round leader, sophomore Josh Jamieson (St. Andrews, Scotland/High School of Dundee), made bogey on each of his first three holes Saturday and never came untracked during a 9-over 79 day. He is in 57th place at 13-over 153 (74-79).
Sunday's final round gets underway with tee times beginning at 7:30 a.m. CT.
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