Oct. 7, 2013
ERIN, Wis. -- Northwestern fought back from a rough opening stretch Monday during the second round of the Erin Hills Intercollegiate with a blistering back nine to remain near the top of the team leaderboard after 36 holes of play.
While the front side is the tougher of the two nines at Erin Hills -- which hosted the 2011 U.S. Amateur and will host the 2017 U.S. Open -- NU's day still was a tale of two nines. Using the Wildcats' four counting scores for the day, the team turned in a combined 9-over par before coming home in 5-under par as a unit to shoot a 4-over 292 and enter Tuesday's final round in a fourth-place tie at 5-over 581 (289-292).
The Wildcats are even with No. 6 Oklahoma and just one stroke behind third-ranked UCLA. SMU is in second place, five strokes ahead of Northwestern while No. 22 Stanford has a comfortable 11-stroke lead on the field.
Senior Jack Perry (Santa Barbara, Calif./Santa Barbara) matched Stanford's Jim Liu and SMU's Ryan Burgess for the lowest score of the second round with his 69 during gusty conditions that challenged scoring and allowed just those three players to break 70. Perry's 3-under 69 is his second bogey-free round of the year after he also had a three-birdie, 3-under 69 performance during the second 18 holes at NU's own Windon Memorial on Sept. 22.
Perry climbed all the way from 54th to 14th overall individually, currently sitting at 1-over 145 (76-69).
Freshman Matt Fitzpatrick (Sheffield, England/Tapton) continued his steady play in the tournament, following up his opening 1-under 71 with an even-par 72 on Monday. Fitzpatrick was 2-over through 10 holes in the second round before making birdie at the par-5 14th and the par-3 16th. He remains in the top-10 of the overall standings in eighth place at 1-under 143 (71-72).
Sophomore Josh Jamieson (St. Andrews, Scotland/High School of Dundee) showed great resolve in bouncing back from a rough front nine with a scorching inward nine to card a 2-over 74 Monday. Jamieson was 2-over through six when he took a triple-bogey 8 on the par-5 seventh hole, partially the result of a 2-stroke penalty for moving a loose impediment in a bunker. He recovered, however, to nail four birdies on the back nine and claw all the way back to 30th overall at 4-over 148 (74-74).
Junior Bennett Lavin (Deerfield, Ill./Deerfield) also was in danger of having an absolutely huge number Monday after hitting three balls in hazards in the first three holes. Sitting at 5-over through 3, he played even-par golf the rest of the way to stabilize himself and card a 5-over 77 that proved to be huge in keeping the Wildcats toward the top of the team standings. Individually Lavin is in 37th place at 5-over 149 (72-77).
Junior Matthew Negri (El Cajon, Calif./Grossmont) made birdie on his very first hole, but five-straight bogeys immediately followed during a second round 8-over 80. He is in 50th place at 8-over 152 (72-80).
The third and final round of the 54-hole Erin Hills Intercollegiate takes place tomorrow, Tuesday, Oct. 8.
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