Oct. 6, 2013
ERIN, Wis. -- Northwestern is in a fourth-place tie at the 14-team Erin Hills Intercollegiate after the opening round of play Sunday in Erin, Wis., at the future site of the 2017 U.S. Open.
Northwestern's top three players in the lineup recorded zero birdies on the front nine before the entire team would combine for 10 on the back side during a scoreable day at Erin Hills. "Team started slowly, made a move in the middle and didn't quite finish," head coach Pat Goss tweeted after the round.
Still, Northwestern finds itself tied with Oregon State at 1-over par 289, trailing only third-ranked UCLA and 22nd ranked SMU by three strokes and eighth-ranked Stanford, which leads the tournament. NU is one shot ahead of a sixth-place tie among No. 27 Oklahoma, Michigan and host Marquette.
Playing at the site of the 2011 U.S. Amateur Championship, reigning U.S. Am champ Matt Fitzpatrick (Sheffield, England/Tapton) led Northwestern in the opening round with a 1-under par 71. He carded nine pars on the front side before opening the back nine with a birdie at No. 10. After giving that stroke back at the 12th, he birdied the short 359-yard par-4 15th to enter red numbers again and finishing the tournament's first day in seventh place.
Junior Bennett Lavin (Deerfield, Ill./Deerfield) carded a solid even-par 72 highlighted by a scorching start to his back nine. He made an early bogey in the round after finding a greenside bunker that was literally a foot in width, necessitating a shot from his knees to escape. Sitting at 1-over par at the turn, Lavin recorded three birdies in a five-hole stretch to get to 2-under through 15. Back-to-back bogeys at Nos. 16 and 17, though, left him in 17th place entering Monday's second round.
Junior Matthew Negri (El Cajon, Calif./Grossmont) was 2-over par following his first nine holes of the Intercollegiate before following up with a three-birdie, 2-under par back side to join Lavin in 17th place at even-par 72. Sophomore Josh Jamieson (St. Andrews, Scotland/High School of Dundee) made birdie at the par-5 first hole before carding three bogeys and 14 pars the rest of the way for a 38th-place first day score of 2-over 74.
Senior Jack Perry (Santa Barbara, Calif./Santa Barbara) matched Negri's 2-over front nine and also got back to even par with birdies at Nos. 10 and 15, but a disastrous triple bogey 7 at the risk-reward 15th hole sent him to a 4-over 76 to start the event.
The second round of the 54-hole Erin Hills Intercollegiate takes place tomorrow, Monday, Oct. 7. Northwestern's tee times begin at 9:15 a.m.
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