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    Callahan Birdie Bomb Brings Home Windon, NU Second Overall

    NUSPORTSDOTCOM Junior John Callahan celebrates his winning putt on his final hole, the long par-3 16th.
    Junior John Callahan celebrates his winning putt on his final hole, the long par-3 16th.

    Sept. 24, 2012

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    GLENCOE, Ill. -- In an incredible finish Monday to the 2012 Windon Memorial Classic at Skokie Country Club, Ohio State edged out Northwestern by one shot for the team title while NU junior John Callahan (Hinsdale, Ill./Benet Academy), playing as an individual not in the Wildcats' team lineup, sank a 25-foot birdie putt on his final hole for medalist honors.

    Callahan officially held the overnight lead after carding a 2-under 69 in Sunday's first round and not being able to finish his second due when play on the 36-hole opening day was suspended due to darkness. Playing in the final group of the day and teeing off No. 10, back-to-back bogeys at Nos. 8 and 9 after Monday's restart led to a 3-over 74 and a second-place 1-over 143 (69-74) entering the final round.

    Two early bogeys in the third round dropped Callahan to one back of the leaders, but in a fashion head coach Pat Goss has championed for his Wildcats, he fought back hard. First he made birdie at the par-3 fifth hole to pull back into a tie for first, then an eagle at the 557-yard par 5 11th hole shot Callahan back on top by two strokes. Coastal Carolina's Ben Wheeler made a huge charge, making birdie on his final three holes including a hole out from a greenside bunker at No. 18 to tie Callahan. The NU junior responded on his final hole, draining a birdie bomb from 25 feet on the lengthy 230-yard par-3 16th for individual medalist honors -- the first of his career. Callahan's final tally was 1-under par 212 (69-74-69) after bookend 69s.

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    In the team race, Northwestern held a one-stroke advantage over Coastal Carolina following the completion of the second round Monday morning. After the re-pair and shotgun start of round three, the Chanticleers quickly surged into the lead with the Wildcats as playing partners. Northwestern regained the lead, but struggles down the stretch allowed a red-hot Ohio State team to jump up and capture the team title at 29-over 881 (306-286-289) against Northwestern's 30-over 882 (292-291-299). Coastal Carolina ended up in third, two shots in back of NU.

    Also of note Monday was a hole-in-one on the 193-yard par-3 fifth hole by DePaul's Moritz Ackerhans. His feat marked the third-straight year with an ace from a member of the Windon field. In 2011 at Evanston Golf Club, Pepperdine's Alex Forss holed out on the 196-yard par-3 12th. Purdue's Erich Johnston performed the feat on the 189-yard par-3 16th at North Shore Country Club in 2010.

    Northwestern junior Jack Perry (Santa Barbara, Calif./Santa Barbara) made a trio of birdies on the front nine of his second round, but three bogeys led to an even-par 35 on the front side. He remained even par until a bogey at the difficult 18th, which he had to complete on Monday morning, left him at 1-over 72 in the second round and in fifth place at 2-over 144 (72-72).

    In the final round, Perry fought his way to a solid 3-over 74 over a tough course setup, coming back from 3-over through six holes to finish at the same score-to-par. Perry's 5-over 218 (72-72-74) was good for fifth place overall.

    Senior Nick Losole (Scottsdale, Ariz./Scottsdale Notre Dame) was 1-under par in the second round and 2-under to lead the tournament after birdies at the par-5 seventh and 11th holes. Needing to complete the end of his round after Sunday's darkness suspension, he returned and made bogey on three of his final four holes for a 2-over 73, placing him second overall at 1-over 143 (70-73).

    Losole had a rough start in the final round, making bogey on his first three holes before turning at 4-over 39. He would eventually finish at 5-over 76 and 6-over 219 (70-73-76) in the tourney for an eighth-place effort.

    Sophomore Bennett Lavin (Deerfield, Ill./Deerfield) bogeyed three of his first five holes in the second round, then got one stroke back with a birdie at the picturesque 184-yard par-3 ninth featuring a tee shot over water. Two more bogeys on the back side led to a 4-over 75 and a 36-hole total of 9-over 151 (76-75). On Monday, he had his best effort of the tournament, carding three birdies against five bogeys for a 2-over 73, moving him up to 22nd overall in the field at 11-over 224 (76-75-73).

    Sophomore Matthew Negri (El Cajon, Calif./Grossmont) was Northwestern's top golfer in the second round, rebounding from an opening 8-over 79 in the first. He combined four birdies with four bogeys for a level par 71, moving all the way up to 26th in the standings. His second birdie of the day on No. 8 featured a 40-foot putt, leading Goss to tweet "Matthew Negri showing some spirit in the second round after a disappointing morning."

    On Monday, Negri was even through 11 holes before disaster struck down the stretch, leading to a 7-over 78 and a 15-over 228 (79-71-78) overall, placing him 37th in the field.

    Freshman Andrew Whalen (Ephrata, Wash./Ephrata) had trouble in the second round, carding seven bogeys and one birdie before Sunday's action was called. He returned Monday morning and made bogey at the tough 18th for a 7-over 78, placing him 40th overall at 10-over 152 (74-78). In the final round, Whalen split the difference with a 5-over 76, tying him with Negri in the field at 15-over 228 (74-78-76), good for 37th position.

    Freshman Josh Jamieson (St. Andrews, Scotland/High School of Dundee) was 2-over on his second round when darkness fell, but the rookie bounced back well after a night's rest. He came back to make birdie at both Nos. 7 and 9 to finish at even-par 71, moving him up to the top-10 with a ninth-place 4-over 146 (75-71). The final round start was not nearly as kind, though, seeing Jamieson balloon to 7-over through seven holes. He fought back to play the remainder of the round in 1-over par for an 8-over 79 and a 23rd-place total of 12-over 225 (75-71-79).

    Redshirt freshman Scott Smith (Pepper Pike, Ohio/University School) carded a 3-over 39 for his opening nine in the second round, but played even-par the rest of the way including a birdie at his final hole -- No. 9 -- for a 3-over 74. Smith entered the final round Monday at 8-over 150 before carding a 4-over 75 to finish tied with Jamieson in 23rd at 12-over 225 (76-74-75).


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