Nov. 5, 2013
Gifford Collegiate at Pelican Hill
Pelican Hill North Course Newport Beach, Calif.
NEWPORT BEACH, Calif. -- Northwestern entered the final round of the Gifford Collegiate at Pelican Hill in second place Tuesday before a rough day resulted in a fifth-place Wildcats' finish among a pack of ranked squads.
Roughly seven holes into Tuesday's action, Northwestern was tied atop the team standings with No. 1 Alabama. Some big numbers late, including a pair of quadruple bogeys, led to a 14-over 294 for NU, however, sending the Wildcats to a fifth-place 8-over 848 (279-275-294).
No. 37 Northwestern finished in front of sixth-place No. 14 UCLA and behind winner Alabama, No. 28 USC, No. 26 SMU and No. 18 Washington.
"Solid fall with lots of good work. Worked hard and improved. Disappointing day today," tweeted head coach Pat Goss. "We'll learn from it and get back to work in January. See you in February for the spring season."
NU concluded the fall schedule with two wins in its five events.
Senior Jack Perry (Santa Barbara, Calif./Santa Barbara) earned his fourth-straight top-10 finish of the fall season with a closing even-par 70 to lead NU and place sixth at 2-under 208 (67-71-70). Perry had a three birdie, one bogey front nine before reversing that on the back side for his 70.
Freshman Matt Fitzpatrick (Sheffield, England/Tapton) stiffed his approach at No. 2 Tuesday for the first of five birdies on the day, but he also was victimized by four bogeys and a double bogey at the third resulting from an errant tee shot. His 1-over 71 in the final round placed him 15th overall at 1-over 211 (69-71-71).
Junior Bennett Lavin (Deerfield, Ill./Deerfield) birdied both of the North Course's par 5s on Tuesday, but four back nine bogeys gave him a 5-over 75 and a 54-hole total of 10-over par 220 (72-73-75). He finished the event in 36th position.
Sophomore Josh Jamieson (St. Andrews, Scotland/High School of Dundee), who in Monday's second round fired a 6-under 64, stumbled Tuesday with a double-bogey, bogey combination at Nos. 5 and 6. He was 4-over par entering the final hole, where he took an 8 for a final round 8-over 78 and a 30th-place 7-over 217 (75-64-78).
After entering Tuesday in 14th place at even par, junior Matthew Negri (El Cajon, Calif./Grossmont) hit a roadblock in the final round with a quadruple bogey on the ninth hole. He ended the day with a 10-over 80 and finished the tournament tied with Lavin at 10-over 220 (71-69-80).
Northwestern now is off for the winter until resuming the 2013-14 season at the Big Ten Match Play Championship Feb. 14-15 in Bradenton, Fla. The Wildcats have won three of the last four stagings of that event.
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