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    Losole Leads, Northwestern in Second at Olympia Fields Illini Invite

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    Nick Losole performed well in the short game Sunday en route to an opening 2-under 68.

    NUSPORTSDOTCOM
    Nick Losole performed well in the short game Sunday en route to an opening 2-under 68.
    NUSPORTSDOTCOM

    Sept. 30, 2012

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    OLYMPIA FIELDS, Ill. -- Senior Nick Losole (Scottsdale, Ariz./Scottsdale Notre Dame) holds a two-stroke individual lead and Northwestern is in second place as a team among a strong field after the opening round Sunday at the Olympia Fields Country Club/Fighting Illini Invitational.

    Losole carded a 2-under 68 to enter the clubhouse as the lone competitor under par in Sunday's action. His total helped the 13th-ranked Wildcats to an 8-over 288 on Olympia Fields' South Course, five shots behind No. 15 Arkansas. NU holds a one-stroke advantage over No. 48 Auburn and a three-shot edge versus fourth-place No. 35 Duke. Also included in the field this week are No. 2 SMU (299), No. 4 Florida (295), No. 18 Illinois (295), No. 19 Clemson (301), No. 25 Indiana (300) and No. 39 Florida State (293).

    Teeing off the back side, Losole began his day with a good up-and-down from a divot at No. 10. He then hit driver over the creek at the 345-yard par-4 11th that requires a 275-yard carry, burying an 18-footer for birdie after a good pitch. He gave that stroke back with a bogey at No. 15 to turn at even par.

    Losole then kicked off his second nine with a birdie at No. 1 before adding another at No. 6 for an inward 2-under 33 and a first round 2-under 68.

    "My favorite words as a coach," tweeted NU head coach Pat Goss. "Losole said to me on 18 fairway `You'd be so proud of how well I shortgamed it today.' Love it!"

    Freshman Andrew Whalen (Ephrata, Wash./Ephrata) struggled out of the gate, making a double bogey and two bogeys in his first seven holes to make the turn at 3-over 38. On the front side, Whalen first made birdie at No. 2 but gave that stroke back at the long 517-yard par 4 fourth. He recovered incredibly well at the even more monstrous 252-yard par-3 fifth, hitting 3-wood off the tee to six feet for a birdie. From there, Whalen made par the rest of the way to the clubhouse for an opening 2-over 72, good for ninth in the field.

    Senior Jack Perry (Santa Barbara, Calif./Santa Barbara) found himself 4-over through eight holes Sunday, then made birdie at No. 18 for a 38 going out. On the front, Perry was much more under control with eight pars against just one bogey to finish in 28th place at 4-over 74 after 18 holes.

    Sophomore Bennett Lavin (Deerfield, Ill./Deerfield) got off to a strong start Sunday, making birdies at Nos. 1 and 3 to get to 1-under after a 36 on his opening back nine. The round quickly took a turn, however, with a bogey and two double bogeys over his next four holes to put him even with Perry in the standings at 4-over 74.

    Junior John Callahan (Hinsdale, Ill./Benet Academy), who played his way into the team lineup this week after winning the Windon Memorial Classic as an individual, never found his magic touch from last week en route to an opening 9-over 79, putting him 61st in the field.

    The second round of the Olympia Fields Fighting Illini Invitational takes place tomorrow, Monday, Oct. 1, with the final round on Tuesday. Live scoring is available at Golfstat.com while live tweets from the course courtesy of Goss can be found by following @NUGolf_Live.

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