Oct. 13, 2012
Results via Golfstat.com
DURHAM, N.C. -- The opening 36 holes of competition at the Rod Myers Intercollegiate hosted by Duke are complete, featuring a hole-in-one for NU senior Nick Losole (Scottsdale, Ariz./Scottsdale Notre Dame) on the high end and some struggles on the low end.
As a team, NU is in ninth place in the 11-team field at 17-over 593 (297-296). The `Cats were forced to take a 9-over 81 in their team score in the morning to go along with several strong efforts, while the second round saw the extreme high and low scores come back toward the middle to result in a similar team total.
Though NU struggled through the day, all five Wildcats in the lineup birdied their final hole, the 493-yard par-5 ninth, after teeing off on No. 10 to start the day. That momentum left Northwestern three shots behind eighth-place East Carolina and two strokes in front of 10th-place Pacific.
Losole was tied for third place after carding a 3-under 69 in the opening round. After a double bogey late in his round put him at 1-over par, Losole truly had a finish to remember. He first quickly responded with a birdie on the next hole before carding his second-collegiate hole-in-one at the par-3 eighth. The senior used a 7-iron from 165 yards on the blind tee shot, eventually finding his ball in the hole after not seeing it go in. Losole's other collegiate ace also came with his 7-iron, this one on the 177-yard par-3 eighth at The Club at Olde Stone during the 2012 NCAA Bowling Green (Ky.) Regional last season.
A finishing birdie at the par-5 ninth gave Losole his morning 69. In the afternoon, Losole had three bogeys on the back nine and three more bogeys on the front before again carding birdie at the ninth for a 5-over 77. He is in 20th place at 2-over 146 (69-77).
Sophomore Bennett Lavin (Deerfield, Ill./Deerfield) was solid in the morning, making NU's first birdie of the tournament with a 212-yard five-iron tee shot on the long par-3 15th to 15 feet before nailing the putt. He was solid from there save for a double bogey at No. 5 that led to a 1-over 73. In the afternoon, Lavin fought through a pair of double bogeys that put him at 4-over par through 11 holes, making birdies at Nos. 6 and 9 coming home for a 2-over 74 and a 26th-place 36-hole total of 3-over 147 (73-74).
Junior Jack Perry (Santa Barbara, Calif./Santa Barbara) carded back-to-back birdies at Nos. 12 and 13 early in his first round, but four-straight bogeys followed to put him at 3-over 39 making the turn. He came home in 1-under par on the front for an opening 2-over 74.
In the second round, Perry was much steadier. He made 14 pars and three bogeys before making birdie on the final hole at No. 9. He is in 30th position at 4-over 148 (74-74).
Playing in his first college tournament as a member of the team lineup, redshirt freshman Scott Smith (Pepper Pike, Ohio/University School) struggled to a morning 11-over 83. "When I get my speed down and start hitting the ball first it's going to be perfect." Smith told assistant coach David Inglis during the round.
Those words proved prophetic for Smith, who completely rebounded in the afternoon with a Northwestern-best even-par 72 in the second round. After two birdies on the back nine to turn at 2-under 34, Smith countered his first bogey of the second round with a birdie at No. 3. He got into trouble with three-straight bogeys on Nos. 6, 7 and 8, but finished the day strong with a birdie at the par-5 ninth to sit in 52nd-place at 11-over 155 (83-72).
During the morning round, head coach Pat Goss tweeted that Smith "should be past the initial nerves and can just play now." During the second round, Goss added "Really impressed by Smith this afternoon."
Freshman Andrew Whalen (Ephrata, Wash./Ephrata Senior) also struggled in the first round, but unfortunately his 9-over 81 had to count toward the team score after Smith's tough start. In the second round, Whalen turned at 4-over 40 but played the front nine in even par -- including late birdies at Nos. 7 and 9 -- for a much-improved 4-over 76 and a 56th-place 157 (81-76).
The third and final round of the Rod Myers Invitational takes place tomorrow, Sunday, Oct. 14. Live scoring is available at Golfstat.com while live tweets from Coach Goss on the course can be found at @NUGolf_Live.
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