Sept. 22, 2013
LAKE FOREST, Ill. -- Led by one Wildcat going deep into red figures in both of Sunday's rounds at the 17th Windon Memorial Classic, Northwestern is in second place among the 16-team field at the Knollwood Club in Lake Forest, Ill.
Freshman Matt Fitzpatrick (Sheffield, England/Tapton) came within a stroke of the Knollwood Club course record with a bogey-free 6-under 66 in the morning before senior All-American Jack Perry (Santa Barbara, Calif./Santa Barbara) fired a 3-under 69 in the afternoon. Those tallies helped NU to a 4-under 572 (282-290) as a team to sit three strokes behind No. 24 Kent State and eight shots in front of third-place Coastal Carolina.
The final round will get underway with tee times at 8 a.m. CT Monday off both the front and back nines. The leaders, including the Wildcats, begin their tee times at 9:30 a.m. CT on the front side.
Conditions were warm and sunny with a light northerly breeze early in the day, with pristine greens allowing for pure putting and a lot of birdies. As the day went on, the wind shifted around to come off the lake and green speeds picked up significantly. That being said, players took advantage of scoreable conditions on the par 5s all day long. Those four holes played as the four easiest on the course in both the morning and afternoon, yielding 12 eagles and a cornucopia of birdies.
Fitzpatrick had an outstanding debut round in his first-career Windon Memorial Sunday, taking advantage of the par-5s by making birdie on all four of them in the morning. He also flashed his trademark stellar short game with a tremendous par save at the 176-yard par-3 12th, using a classy flop shot to get close after missing the green to the short side to stay blemish free during his opening 66.
The second round was a completely different story for the newcomer, who struggled to a 4-over 76 to sit in ninth place overall at 2-over 142 (66-76).
Perry seized momentum in the morning with two late birdies that helped him card an even-par 72, using those red numbers as a launching pad into his strong 69 afternoon round to pace the Wildcats. He made one birdie on the front side before back-to-back birds at Nos. 11 and 12, with pars the rest of the way for his own bogey-free 18 holes. Perry leads Northwestern individually in fifth place at 3-under 141 (72-69).
Junior Bennett Lavin (Deerfield, Ill./Deerfield) had a strong day, contributing a pair of under par totals to the Northwestern team effort. In the morning, he made three birdies against just two bogeys for a 1-under 71. He hit a rough stretch in the afternoon that saw him reach 1-over par through 12 holes before birdies at Nos. 16 and 18 got him back to red numbers, where he stayed for an identical afternoon score and a 36-hole tally of 2-under 142 (71-71), giving NU three players among the top 10.
Junior Matthew Negri (El Cajon, Calif./Grossmont) fought to a 1-over 73 in the morning after making par on each of his final seven holes. He would get to 1-under early in the afternoon before finding trouble with three bogeys in a four-hole stretch from Nos. 12 through 15. He stopped the bleeding with a birdie at the 529-yard par-5 16th, then finished at 2-over 74. He is in 33rd place at 3-over 147 (73-74).
Sophomore Josh Jamieson (St. Andrews, Scotland/High School of Dundee) had a tough morning with a 9-over 81 but bounced back early in round two to sit even par on the afternoon through nine holes. He sprung a leak toward the end, however, finishing at 5-over 77 to enter Monday in 83rd at 14-over 158 (81-77).
Three Wildcats are competing as individuals in the event. Sophomore Andrew Whalen (Ephrata, Wash./Ephrata Senior) leads that group with a 36-hole total of 1-over 145 (71-74) to stand 22nd in the field. Sophomore Scott Smith (Pepper Pike, Ohio/University School) was having largely a solid tournament until a triple bogey 8 on the par-5 16th hole in the afternoon left him in 42nd position at 5-over 149 (73-76).
Defending Windon champion John Callahan (Hinsdale, Ill./Benet Academy) is in 65th place at 9-over 153 (81-72) after recovering from a very rough morning for an even-par loop in the afternoon.
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