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    Late Eagles Bolster NU in Gifford Collegiate Second Round

    NUSPORTSDOTCOM
    Bennett Lavin recovered from a pair of par-5 mistakes late Tuesday with his second eagle of the tournament to enter the final round in ninth place.

    NUSPORTSDOTCOM
    Bennett Lavin recovered from a pair of par-5 mistakes late Tuesday with his second eagle of the tournament to enter the final round in ninth place.
    NUSPORTSDOTCOM

    Nov. 6, 2012

    Results via Golfstat.com

    SAN MARTIN, Calif. -- No. 23 Northwestern improved its team total six strokes in Tuesday's second round of the Gifford Collegiate, remaining in fifth place in the 10-team field while climbing closer to a top-three spot in the standings.

    Northwestern fired a 2-over 357 as a team to give it a two-day total of 10-over 720 (363-357), two strokes behind fourth-place No. 8 USC and four shots in back of third-place No. 30 Tennessee. For the second-straight day, Northwestern recorded two late eagles to climb up the leaderboard. On Monday, those eagles came at the 555-yard par-5 18th hole while Tuesday -- with NU starting the day on the back nine -- they came at the par-4 eighth hole where the tees were moved up to make it a driveable proposition.

    Host and fifth-ranked UCLA leads the tournament at 11-under par followed by No. 17 Stanford at 2-under par. Teams will play the final 18 holes at the Gifford Collegiate Championship 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.

     

     

    After a difficult opening 76 Monday, senior Nick Losole (Scottsdale, Ariz./Scottsdale Notre Dame) turned his game on for Tuesday's action. He made three birdies on his first nine, then carded another immediately after the turn to find himself 4-under par. He gave a stroke back at the lengthy par-3 second hole, but redeemed the stroke on the front side's other par 3 for a career-best total of 4-under 67 that lifted him 38 spots in the standings to 14th overall at 1-over 143 (76-67).

    Sophomore Bennett Lavin (Deerfield, Ill./Deerfield) got off to a hot start with back-to-back birdies on his first two holes, eventually turning at 2-under 33 after reaching the par-5 18th in two for a third birdie on the round. Two mistakes on the front neutralized his score a bit, making double at the par-5 third and bogey at the par-5 sixth after going after that green in two. He completely made up for that by driving the par-4 eighth green and draining his eagle putt (for his second eagle of the tourney), ending his day at 2-under 69 and inside the top-10 in ninth place at even-par 142 (73-69).

    Sophomore Matthew Negri (El Cajon, Calif./Grossmont) was off to a solid start before a mistake at the risk/reward par-5 18th led to a double bogey and a 3-over 38 at the turn Tuesday. On the front side, he made birdie at the fifth but gave that stroke back at the par-5 sixth. He then finished with a birdie at seven, NU's second eagle of the day at the short par-4 eighth hole and a par at his last to climb all the way back to even par. Negri is tied with Losole at 1-over 143 (72-71) for the tourney.

    Junior Jack Perry (Santa Barbara, Calif./Santa Barbara) endured a bogey-bogey-double bogey stretch from Nos. 13 to 15 to turn at 4-over par, then made back-to-back bogeys at 1 and 2 to find himself 6-over on the day. From there he said no more, hitting approaches nice and tight for birdies at Nos. 3 and 4 before getting up-and-down from a greenside bunker at the driveable par-4 eighth for another birdie and a second-round 3-over 74. Perry is in 27th position at 3-over 145 (71-74).

    After opening the tournament Monday with a 13th-place even-par 71, Callahan found trouble immediately in the second round. Two double bogeys and two more bogeys in his first six holes shot his score skyward before he played the next seven holes in 1-under par. Three late bogeys coming home, however, left him with a 7-over 78 and a 47th-place total of 7-over 149 (71-79).

    Redshirt freshman Scott Smith (Pepper Pike, Ohio/University School) had an even rougher start than Callahan, finding himself 7-over after six holes. Smith was able to fully right the ship, carding two birdies and 10 pars over his remaining 12 holes to fire a 5-over 76 to stand 59th with a 10-over 152 (76-76).

    Playing as an individual not in the team lineup, freshman Josh Jamieson (St. Andrews, Scotland/High School of Dundee) carded an 8-over 79 Tuesday to stand at 18-over 160 (81-79) for the tournament.

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