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    Northwestern in Top Half of Gifford Collegiate Field

    NUSPORTSDOTCOM John Callahan is in 13th place after an eagle on the 18th hole Monday gave him an opening even-par 71.
    NUSPORTSDOTCOM
    John Callahan is in 13th place after an eagle on the 18th hole Monday gave him an opening even-par 71.
    NUSPORTSDOTCOM

    Nov. 5, 2012

    Results via Golfstat.com

    SAN MARTIN, Calif. -- After one day of action at the Gifford Collegiate at CordeValle Resort, Northwestern is tied for fifth place in a 10-member field featuring eight Golfstat.com top-50 teams.

    No. 23 Northwestern fired an 8-over 363 as a team to sit one shot behind fourth-place No. 46 Coastal Carolina and even with San Jose State. NU recorded a pair of eagles on the 555-yard par-5 18th hole that cut four strokes off its total-to-par late in the round and thrust the Wildcats into the top half of the field after a rocky beginning to the day.

    "Slow start today," head coach Pat Goss tweeted early in the round. "We've made quite a few birdies but way too many silly mistakes and par-5 play really hurting. Makes keeping up on a score-able day tough."

    Host and fifth-ranked UCLA leads the tournament at 5-under par followed by No. 17 Stanford at 2-under and No. 30 Tennessee at even-par. Among the teams NU leads at the moment are No. 13 SMU (+10), No. 8 USC (+11) and No. 50 Oregon State (+16).

    Tuesday's second round features 18 holes of play with the final round of the three-day, 54-hole tournament on Wednesday. The Gifford Collegiate is played in a west coast six-count-five format, meaning teams field lineups of six players and count the top five scores in each round. The majority of collegiate tournaments are five-count-four affairs.

     

     

    2012 Windon Memorial Classic medalist John Callahan (Hinsdale, Ill./Benet Academy) carded an opening even-par 71 in dramatic fashion Monday. After missing putts inside of 8-feet on each of the first three holes, he made back-to-back birdies at Nos. 4 and 5 to get to 1-under par. Callahan eventually turned at 2-over 38, then made two bogeys and two birdies on the back nine to remain at that number entering the par-5 18th hole. There, Callahan hit a 3-iron to 20 feet on his second shot and drained the putt for what was NU's second eagle of the day on the hole, placing himself 13th overall in the field.

    Junior Jack Perry (Santa Barbara, Calif./Santa Barbara) also is at even-par 71 following a three-birdie, three-bogey opening 18 holes. He made the turn at 1-over par before a birdie at No. 12 and a bogey at No. 15. He put his second shot on the risk/reward par-5 18th into the left bunker, but got up-and-down for birdie to card his 71.

    Sophomore Matthew Negri (El Cajon, Calif./Grossmont) made two bogeys in his first five holes before leveling off, getting back to even par with a birdie at No. 12. He gave that stroke back immediately at No. 13, then again paired birdie with bogey at Nos. 16 and 17 for an opening 1-over 72. Negri is in 23rd position in the field.

    Sophomore Bennett Lavin (Deerfield, Ill./Deerfield) hit a rough stretch in the middle of his round, making four bogeys in five holes from Nos. 7 to 11 to find himself at 3-over par. He immediately responded with back-to-back birdies at Nos. 12 and 13, but another three-bogey stretch late left him at 4-over entering No. 18. Lavin, playing in front of Callahan, hit a 3-wood from 271 yards to within 15 feet, then drained the putt for eagle to finish at 2-over 73 in 31st place.

    Senior Nick Losole (Scottsdale, Ariz./Scottsdale Notre Dame) played a generally solid round with three birdies and four bogeys, but a double bogey at No. 6 and another at No. 17 when he lost his tee shot left led to a 5-over 76 to open. He was joined on that number by redshirt freshman Scott Smith (Pepper Pike, Ohio/University School), who was just 1-over par through 10 holes before four bogeys coming home put him in 52nd place alongside Losole.

    Playing as an individual not in the team lineup, freshman Josh Jamieson (St. Andrews, Scotland/High School of Dundee) carded a 10-over par 81 in Monday's opening round.

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