Sept. 23, 2013
LAKE FOREST, Ill. -- Buoyed by a 1-2 punch that finished second and third in the individual standings, Northwestern captured its home Windon Memorial Classic Monday at Knollwood Golf Club by a three shot margin over a field of 16.
The Windon Memorial Classic title is the fourth for Northwestern in the 17-year history of the event and the Wildcats' first since 2007. The championship is the 34th overall for NU under 18th-year head coach Pat Goss.
NU began the final round three strokes behind 24th-ranked Kent State but quickly flipped the script with a combined 3-under par front nine to jump five shots ahead of the Golden Flashes. Both teams made a couple of bogeys on the back side, but it was the Wildcats making enough birdies down the stretch to hold on for a three stroke victory with a combined 4-under 860 (282-290-288).
Michigan's Chris O'Neill won medalist honors with a stellar 8-under 208, marking the third Wolverine to win the Windon in the last four seasons.
Jack Perry (Santa Barbara, Calif./Santa Barbara) got out quickly with a birdie at No. 2 but gave that stroke back at the par-3 fourth hole. Birdies at the two par 5s surrounding the turn got him down to 2-under on the day and 5-under for the tournament, two shots out of the lead with six holes to play. He found trouble with back-to-back bogeys at Nos. 13 and 14 before immediately bouncing back for birdies at Nos. 15 and 16 to lock up second place and ice the team title for the 'Cats. Perry ended up at 5-under 211 (72-69-70).
Matt Fitzpatrick (Sheffield, England/Tapton) shot out of a cannon in the morning with a birdie run from Nos. 3 through 5. He eventually turned in 2-under 34 and played an even-par back nine for a closing 2-under 70 and a third-place total of 4-under 212 (66-76-70).
Junior Bennett Lavin (Deerfield, Ill./Deerfield) began his day bogey-bogey before battling his way back to 1-over later on with a birdie at the 357-yard par-4 13th. He also finished bogey-bogey, however, for a final round 3-over 75 and a 1-over 217 (71-71-75) for the event, placing him 16th overall in the field.
Junior Matthew Negri (El Cajon, Calif./Grossmont) had two birdies during an even par front nine Monday before running into trouble on the back, where four bogeys gave him a 4-over 76 in the final round and a 31st-place 7-over 223 (73-74-76).
Sophomore Josh Jamieson (St. Andrews, Scotland/High School of Dundee) had by far his best result of the tournament on Monday. Recovering from scores of 81 and 77 Sunday, Jamieson turned in even par before a couple of bogeys early on the back nine. With Northwestern in a dog fight for the team win with Kent State, he made birdie with a fist pump on the scoreable par-5 16th then added a bonus birdie at the 17th. Though he finished with a bogey at the last, his 1-over 73 was a solid contribution to the team total and placed him 72nd in the field at 15-over 231 (81-77-73).
Three Wildcats competed as individuals not in the team lineup; sophomore Andrew Whalen (Ephrata, Wash./Ephrata Senior) led that group with a 22nd-place result at 3-over 219 (71-74-74) followed by Scott Smith (Pepper Pike, Ohio/University School) in 49th at 10-over 226 (73-76-77) and 2012 Windon champ John Callahan (Hinsdale, Ill./Benet Academy) in 57th at 12-over 228 (81-72-75).
Northwestern returns to action Oct. 6-8 at the Erin Hills Intercollegiate hosted by Marquette in Hartford, Wis.
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