Sept. 15, 2012
Dates: Monday, Sept. 17 -- Tuesday, Sept. 18
Course: Inverness Club
Length: 7,255 yards (Par 71)
Field (10 Teams): Florida State, Kent State, Liberty, Michigan, Michigan State, Northwestern, North Texas, Penn State, South Florida, Toledo
Live Scoring: Golfstat.com
Live Tweets From The Course: @NUGolf_LIVE
EVANSTON, Ill. -- 2012 has been a tremendous year for Northwestern graduates in the realm of professional golf, and now it is time for the current Wildcats to kick off their 2012-13 season September 17-18 at the Inverness Intercollegiate hosted by Toledo.
NU is one of 10 teams in a relatively small field competing Monday and Tuesday, Sept. 17-18, at the 7,255 yard, par-71 Inverness Country Club in Toledo, Ohio. Site of four U.S. Opens, two PGA Championships and a U.S. Amateur Championship, Inverness last hosted the Wildcats at the 2009 NCAA National Championships -- one year before any current Wildcat arrived in Evanston.
Northwestern's lineup in Toledo will be comprised of senior Nick Losole (Scottsdale, Ariz./Scottsdale Notre Dame), junior Jack Perry (Santa Barbara, Calif./Santa Barbara), sophomores Bennett Lavin (Deerfield, Ill./Deerfield) and Matthew Negri (El Cajon, Calif./Grossmont) and freshman Andrew Whalen (Ephrata, Wash./Ephrata Senior). Freshman Josh Jamieson (St. Andrews, Scotland/High School of Dundee) will compete as an individual.
Two veterans lead Northwestern into the 2012-13 season, Losole and Perry. The pair will seek to replace solid seniors Eric Chun
-- a 2011-12 All-American -- and Sam Chien
, both lost to graduation.
Losole missed much of the 2011 fall schedule last year due to injury before returning to play the best golf of his college career. After a 3-0-1 undefeated turn at the Big Ten Match Play Championship, Losole went on to earn the first two top-10 finishes of his time in Evanston.
Perry rolled to the second-best stroke average (73.15) on the team last year behind only Chun. He also hit his stride in the spring, firing a career-best 6-under 66 in the final round of the Barona Collegiate Cup to finish ninth before taking fourth place at the NYX Hoosier Invitational. In postseason play, Perry took him a top-15 effort at the Big Ten Championships before another top-10 at the NCAA Bowling Green Regional. Over the summer, Perry advanced all the way to the semifinals of the California State Amateur.
Lavin also was a mainstay in the Northwestern lineup as a freshman, seeing action in 10 out of NU's 11 tournaments. The lefty led NU at the fall Prestige at PGA West before his first-career top-20 at the spring NYX Hoosier Invitational.
Junior John Callahan (Hinsdale, Ill./Benet Academy) and Negri each saw some action in the team lineup for the Wildcats last year. Most notably, Negri -- who played in eight events either as an individual or with the team -- showed his ability to go low with a second-round 6-under 65 at the NYX Hoosier Invitational, eventually finish 15th as an individual competitor.
Ohio native Scott Smith (Pepper Pike, Ohio/University School) will see the course for the first time this year as a redshirt freshman. He is joined by incoming freshmen Jamieson and Whalen. Whalen, a former Washington State Golf Association Junior Boys Player of the Year, is the Polo Golf No. 64 overall recruit in the country according to the AJGA. Jamieson, who comes from a family with a rich history of association with St. Andrews, won the 2011 Scottish Boys Stroke Play Championship with five birdies on the back nine.
Northwestern's alumni 2012 has been incredibly successful, seeing Wildcats earn wins on the PGA, European, Asian, Web.com and Golfweek National Pro Tours. In addition to Luke Donald wins at the Transitions (PGA) and BMW (a successful title defense on the European Tour), 2011 graduate David Lipsky won both the Asian Tour Q School and his third-career event on the tour. 2006 Big Ten champion Chris Wilson won a Web.com event in a playoff over fellow NU alum Scott Harrington, and 2005 U.S. Amateur runner-up Dillon Dougherty won on the Golfweek mini-tour.
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