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    Northwestern Finishes Eighth at Rod Myers Invitational

    NUSPORTSDOTCOM Scott Smith shot back-to-back even-par 72s in the final two rounds of his first-collegiate tournament this weekend.
    NUSPORTSDOTCOM
    Scott Smith shot back-to-back even-par 72s in the final two rounds of his first-collegiate tournament this weekend.
    NUSPORTSDOTCOM

    Oct. 14, 2012

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    DURHAM, N.C. -- Northwestern concluded play Sunday at the Rod Myers Invitational at the Duke University Golf Club, placing in a tie for eighth with East Carolina.

    The Wildcats fired their best round of the tournament with a 4-over 292, matching the Pirates with a 54-hole total of 21-over 885 (297-296-292). For the second-straight day, NU teed off at No. 10 and finished on the relatively short 493-yard par-5 ninth, a hole which all five Wildcats birdied for the second-consecutive round.

    Junior Jack Perry (Santa Barbara, Calif./Santa Barbara) was Northwestern's top finisher in the tournament, placing 25th overall at 4-over 220 (74-74-72). In Sunday's final round, Perry made back-to-back bogeys on Nos. 17 and 18 to turn at 2-over 38 before making birdie at Nos. 6 and 9 coming in for an even-par 72.

    Matching Perry's 72 Sunday was redshirt freshman Scott Smith (Pepper Pike, Ohio/University School). Smith played the back nine in 3-over par largely due to finding the water with his tee shot on the par-3 12th. Smith stormed back on the front side, carding birdie on four of his last five holes for an even-par 72. He gave himself an easy two-putt birdie at the par-5 seventh before a great bunker shot at No. 9 concluded his day.

    "Great job after struggling in the opening round," head coach Pat Goss tweeted about Smith. "Proud of him for shooting 144 in the last two rounds." Smith took 45th in his first-collegiate tournament at 11-over 227 (83-72-72).

    Senior Nick Losole (Scottsdale, Ariz./Scottsdale Notre Dame) shot a final-round 3-over 75 Sunday. After two double bogeys in his opening nine, he played 1-under par after the turn to finish in 30th place at 5-over 221 (69-77-75). Losole had NU's best round of the tourney in Saturday's first 18 holes, carding his second-career hole-in-one at the eighth to aid a 3-under 69.

    "I hadn't had a hole in one until May this year at regionals, and then made one there and it was with a seven iron on the eighth hole," said Losole after Saturday. "And this one was with a seven iron, on the eighth hole, so that was pretty cool. It took me 21 years to get my first hole in one, and it took me five months to get my second."

    Sophomore Bennett Lavin's (Deerfield, Ill./Deerfield) consistent tournament continued with a Sunday 2-over 74. He was 4-over with two holes to play before back-to-back birdies at Nos. 8 and 9 tied him with Losole in 30th with a 5-over 221 (73-74-74).

    Freshman Andrew Whalen (Ephrata, Wash./Ephrata Senior) was humming right along in his final round, hitting a lob wedge from 109 yards to 12 feet for a birdie at No. 5, getting back to even par on the day. He gave that shot back with a bogey at No. 6 before a hooked tee shot into the woods at seven led to a double. Whalen would close with a great driver, 4-iron combo to reach the par-5 ninth in two, making a finishing birdie to come in 53rd at 15-over 231 (81-76-74).

    Northwestern's final tournament of the fall season will be November 5-7 at the Gifford Collegiate hosted by UCLA at CordeValle in San Martin, Calif.

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