Nov. 4, 2013
NEWPORT BEACH, Calif. -- Sophomore Josh Jamieson (St. Andrews, Scotland/High School of Dundee) led a second-round Northwestern charge Monday at the Gifford Collegiate at Pelican Hill, carding a career-best 6-under 64 to move the Wildcats into second place among a loaded field after 36 holes of play.
With the Wildcats in fourth following the opening round of the 10-team tournament and teeing off at No. 10, Jamieson played the back nine in even-par 35 going out. After the turn, he made four-straight birdies from Nos. 3 through 6, then holed an eagle putt at the 540-yard par-5 eighth. The Scotland native had 30 feet for a 63 at No. 9 before "settling" for his 6-under 64.
The round lowered Jamieson's previous collegiate-best by five strokes and marked the lowest a Wildcat has gone since then-sophomore Sam Chien carded a 64 in the final round of the 2009 Navy Fall Classic to win medalist honors. Jamieson's round is the seventh 64 or better in NU history.
"Jamieson shoots 29 on the back for 64!" tweeted head coach Pat Goss. "As far as I know that's the first 29 in program history!" A quick tour through Northwestern's records found nothing to contradict the 18th-year head coach's claim. The only better 18-hole scores in NU history were a 62 carded by Jess Daley at the 2000 Compaq US Collegiate held in Los Cabos, Mexico, and a 63 signed for by Josh Habig at the 2000 NCAA Central Regional.
Jamieson's 64 was part of a 5-under 275 for NU in the second round, matching the lowest team total of Monday also shot by No. 1 Alabama in the first round. The 37th-ranked Wildcats enter Tuesday's final round three shots behind the first place Crimson Tide. NU's 6-under 554 (279-275) puts it six shots in front of a third-place tie between No. 26 SMU and No. 28 Tennessee, seven shots better than No. 18 Washington and 10 strokes ahead of sixth-place No. 14 UCLA.
Jamieson's 64 was made even more impressive considering his struggles during a 5-over 75 in the first round. His 11-stroke improvement from morning to afternoon helped him leap from 42nd overall to 11th in the individual standings at 1-under 139 (75-64).
After entering this event with three top-10s in Northwestern's last three outings, senior Jack Perry (Santa Barbara, Calif./Santa Barbara) finds himself in familiar territory with a ninth-place 2-under 138 (67-71). Perry was NU's pacesetter in the morning, turning in 1-under par on the back nine before briefly getting to 4-under after a birdie at the eighth. He made bogey at his last hole for a 3-under 67 and his sixth-straight under-par tally dating to the second round of the Erin Hills Intercollegiate in early October.
In the afternoon, Perry started with 10-straight pars before catching a tough break on No. 2 and taking a triple bogey. He fought back with birdies at Nos. 4 and 8 for a 1-over 71 in the afternoon.
"That's how great players who believe in themselves respond," tweeted Goss.
Junior Matthew Negri (El Cajon, Calif./Grossmont) made bogey on two of his first three holes Monday morning but bounced back to shoot a 1-over 71. He then contributed to Northwestern's afternoon charge with a 1-under 69 that saw him get to 2-under par through 12 holes, fall back to even par with two to play, then make a late birdie to stick him 14th individually at even-par 140 (71-69) through 36 holes of play.
Freshman Matt Fitzpatrick (Sheffield, England/Tapton) reversed Negri's totals from the day to also sit 14th entering Tuesday's final round. Fitzpatrick was steady through the morning round, carding a late birdie at No. 8 to fire a 1-under 69. In the afternoon he found himself 2-over with three to play, then made another birdie at the eighth for his 71 and an even-par 140 (69-71).
Junior Bennett Lavin (Deerfield, Ill./Deerfield) is the lone Wildcat not in the top-14 of the team standings, though he played largely well Monday outside of a tough stretch on the front nine. He was even par in the morning before back-to-back bogeys at Nos. 6 and 7 led to a 2-over 72. In the afternoon, Lavin again was even on the front before three-straight bogeys from Nos. 5 through 7 gave him a 3-over 73 for a 32nd place 5-over 145 (72-73).
Tuesday's final round gets underway with tee times at 9 a.m. CT/7 a.m. local time. Northwestern will be paired with No. 1 Alabama in the final groupings.
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