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    Three Wildcats in Top-10 After Opening Day at Inverness Intercollegiate

    NUSPORTSDOTCOM Freshman Andrew Whalen briefly held the lead in his first collegiate tournament during Monday's second round of the Inverness Intercollegiate.
    NUSPORTSDOTCOM
    Freshman Andrew Whalen briefly held the lead in his first collegiate tournament during Monday's second round of the Inverness Intercollegiate.
    NUSPORTSDOTCOM

    Sept. 17, 2012

    Results via Golfstat.com

    TOLEDO, Ohio -- With three Wildcats in the top-10 of the individual standings following 36 holes of play at the Inverness Intercollegiate hosted by the University of Toledo, Northwestern currently is in second place among the 10-team field in its 2012-13 season opening event.

    The Wildcats carded team scores of 1-over 285 and 4-over 288 to sit at 5-over 573 entering Tuesday's final round. They trail North Texas, which fired identical even-par rounds of 284, by five shots while holding a five stroke advantage over third-place Florida State.

    "Conditions are perfect today," head coach Pat Goss tweeted early on Monday. "Sunny, getting warm, light winds. Tees are back and hole locations are the same we played at NCAAs in 2009."

    Northwestern began the shotgun start on holes six-through-nine, giving the majority of the Wildcats a relatively easy start with both of Inverness' par-5s in the first handful of holes. That made for a difficult finishing stretch at holes three-through-seven. "For the U.S. Senior Open, they changed the routing so those holes were on the back nine," tweeted Goss.

     

     

    Freshman Andrew Whalen (Ephrata, Wash./Ephrata Senior) and junior Jack Perry (Santa Barbara, Calif./Santa Barbara) are tied for sixth place at even par while senior Nick Losole (Scottsdale, Ariz./Scottsdale Notre Dame) is in eighth position at 1-over par entering Tuesday's final round. Whalen and Perry are four shots off the lead held by North Texas' Rodolfo Cazaubon.

    Whalen's first hole of college golf resulted in a birdie. Starting on the 569-yard par-5 eighth hole, he hit two good shots to a greenside bunker before getting up-and-down for a four, setting the tone for his day overall. Two more birdies at Nos. 12 and 13 had him 3-under through six. He stiffed a 7-iron at the par-3 third that was playing 189 yards downwind for another birdie, but two bogeys on the way home put him in second at 2-under 69 following the open 18 holes.

    Whalen started his afternoon round with another birdie on No. 8, then birdied the par-5 13th for the second time to get to 3-under on the tourney and give himself a 2-shot edge on the field. Four bogeys in his final five holes, however, dropped him to 2-over 73 and an even-par 142 (69-73) for the tournament.

    Perry quickly got to 3-under par through his first eight holes of the day, then found himself 4-under after two more birdies on Nos. 15 and 18 following a bogey at the tough 480-yard par-4 14th. He hit the difficult stretch on the front and made three bogeys coming home for an opening 1-under 70.

    In the afternoon, Perry again made three birdies in his first eight holes, but this time a double bogey was included at No. 12. Three more bogeys against a birdie at No. 1 led to a 1-over 72 and a 36-hole total of even-par 142 (70-72).

    Losole teed off at No. 6 and carded four birdies in his first seven holes to leap out of the gates Monday morning. He cooled off at that point, finding himself back at even par following a bogey at No. 2. Losole was able to play the difficult rest of the front nine in even par for a morning 71.

    In the second round, Losole played a steady round with two birdies at Nos. 13 and 15 to get into red figures before another bogey at No. 2 and a final bogey on his last hole of the day led to a 1-over 72 and a 36-hole total of 1-over 143 (71-72).

    Bennett Lavin (Deerfield, Ill./Deerfield) opened his 2012-13 campaign in something of a sophomore slump, struggling to an 8-over 79 that saw him bogey each of his final four holes. The lefty rebounded in a big way in the afternoon, however. After back-to-back bogeys at Nos. 10 and 11 threatened to derail him again, Lavin made his first 3 of the day with a par at the par-3 12th before getting up-and-down for birdie at the par-5 13th.

    "Been walking with Lavin all of second round," Goss tweeted. "His vibe is getting better. Playing some solid holes."

    He recovered again from a bogey at No. 16 with a birdie at 17, then, after missing an eight-footer for birdie at No. 18, he jarred a putt from the same length at No. 1 for a momentum-saving par. A beautiful 7-iron to four feet on No. 3 gave him a final birdie for the day and an even-par 71 in round two. Lavin is in 37th position in the tournament at 8-over 150 (79-71).

    Sophomore Matthew Negri (El Cajon, Calif./Grossmont) was all over the map Monday, carding seven birdies but 11 bogeys and a pair of doubles over his 36 holes. He began the shotgun start at No. 9, and in both rounds closed with birdies at the hardest hole on the course, the 481-yard par-4 seventh. Those birdies aided in consecutive 4-over 75s, putting Negri tied with Lavin in the field at 8-over 150 (75-75).

    Playing as an individual, freshman Josh Jamieson (St. Andrews, Scotland/High School of Dundee) shot back-to-back 7-over 78s to place 55th in the field at 14-over 156 (78-78). Jamieson showed nice fight in each round, twice making birdie on the par-5 eighth hole -- his final hole after starting at No. 9 -- to close out his scoring.

    The third and final round of the Inverness Intercollegiate begins with a shotgun start at 7:30 a.m. CT Tuesday.

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