Oct. 1, 2012
Round Two Results
OLYMPIA FIELDS, Ill. -- No. 13 Northwestern fought through the second round Monday at the Olympia Fields Country Club/Fighting Illini Invitational, finishing the day in a tie for third place after 36 holes of play.
The Wildcats fired a 10-over 290 to place themselves even with No. 39 Florida State at 18-over 578 entering Tuesday's final round. NU is five strokes behind second-place No. 48 Auburn while No. 15 Arkansas holds a commanding 12-shot lead in the tournament. Among the schools in the 14-team field that Northwestern is on top of at the moment are No. 2 SMU, No. 4 Florida, No. 18 Illinois, No. 19 Clemson, No. 25 Indiana and No. 35 Duke.
Junior Jack Perry (Santa Barbara, Calif./Santa Barbara) made a pair of early bogeys at Nos. 2 and 5 before playing a stellar round the rest of the way. He made birdie at No. 9 after sticking his approach within five feet, then dropped a bomb from off the green at No. 13 for birdie. Pars the rest of the way gave him an even-par 70 on the day and a 4-over 144 (74-70) for the tournament, good enough to move him up to 14th from 28th place.
After entering Monday with the first-round lead, senior Nick Losole (Scottsdale, Ariz./Scottsdale Notre Dame) fell quickly after a short-game triple bogey at No. 6. Playing to the elevated green, he chipped it up and down the hill three times, then followed that hole with a bogey at No. 7.
Losole recovered very well, though, drilling a downhill 18-footer at No. 10 for birdie, then answering a bogey at No. 14 with a second birdie at No. 15. He would finish at 3-over 73 for the day and 1-over 141 (68-73) for the tournament, good for fifth place, four shots off the pace.
Junior John Callahan (Hinsdale, Ill./Benet Academy) displayed great fight Monday, getting back on track with a birdie every time he found himself in trouble. First, he carded back-to-back bogeys at Nos. 4 and 5 before a birdie at No. 7. Following two more bogeys at Nos. 9 and 10, Callahan carried the creek on the short par-4 11th en route to a birdie. Two more bogeys later in the round preceded a final birdie on the finishing hole for a 3-over 73, a six-shot improvement over his opening 79 that moved him into 54th in the field at 12-over 152.
Freshman Andrew Whalen (Ephrata, Wash./Ephrata) was NU's rock through the front nine, answering a bogey at No. 5 with a birdie on No. 9 to turn at even par. The back side was not so kind, seeing Whalen post a 4-over 39 for a Monday total of 4-over 74. He enters Tuesday in 23rd place at 6-over 146 (72-74).
Sophomore Bennett Lavin (Deerfield, Ill./Deerfield) struggled mightily out of the gate, playing the first four holes in 5-over par. After turning at 8-over 43, he played the back side in 2-over to finish with a 10-over 80 and a 36-hole total of 14-over 154 (74-80), placing him 62nd in the field.
The final round of the Olympia Fields Country Club/Fighting Illini Invitational takes place tomorrow, Tuesday, Oct. 2. Live scoring is available at Golfstat.com while live tweets from the course courtesy of head coach Pat Goss can be found by following @NUGolf_Live.
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