Sept. 18, 2012
Inverness Final Results
TOLEDO, Ohio -- Junior Jack Perry (Santa Barbara, Calif./Santa Barbara) earned the first win of his collegiate career Tuesday at the Inverness Intercollegiate, leading a triumvirate of teammates in the top-three to a team victory in the event, as well.
Northwestern carded a final-round 11-over 295 in Tuesday's final round, the best team score of the day by three strokes, to end the tourney at 16-over 868 (285-288-295). The effort allowed NU to pull 11 strokes clear of a three-way tie for second among preseason No. 16 Florida State, preseason No. 18 Kent State and second-round leader North Texas.
The win is the 31st in head coach Pat Goss' career with the Wildcats. NU has captured at least one tournament title in 13 of Goss' 17 seasons at the helm of the program, including three last year. The season-opening victory is the first for Northwestern since it ran away with the 2009 Navy Fall Classic crown in record fashion. Incidentally, that season ended with a berth in the NCAA National Championships -- held at Inverness Country Club.
"Team wins!" Goss tweeted after the tournament. "Unexpected and welcomed result. Very proud of our group today."
Behind Perry, freshman Andrew Whalen (Ephrata, Wash./Ephrata Senior) and senior Nick Losole (Scottsdale, Ariz./Scottsdale Notre Dame) were part of an eight-way tie for third place, one stroke out of first. Whalen was for a time in the lead, as well, while Losole crept up on the leaders with a solid final round.
Perry began his day at No. 1, dropping a shot with a bogey on his fourth hole. He got up-and-down for par from near a hazard on No. 5, then clawed his way to even with a birdie-bogey-birdie stretch on holes No. 8, 9 and 10. With the leaders facing a tough finishing stretch on the front nine in the shotgun start, Perry found himself in a five-way tie late in the day.
On the 18th -- his final hole -- his drive found the rough, then he hit a 9-iron that flew over the pin and narrowly off the back edge of the green. He then pitched to seven-feet, but that putt lipped out, leaving him thinking he had missed out on first by a stroke. As it turns out, his co-medalist Kevin Miller from Kent State also made a late bogey to leave the pair tied atop of the standings. Perry's final round 2-over 73 put him at 2-over 215 for the tournament (70-72-73).
"Congrats to Jack Perry on his first collegiate win," Goss tweeted. "Well done, Jack. Hopefully the first of many."
Whalen began his final round with eight-straight pars before a birdie at the par-5 13th. Though he made bogey at Nos. 15 and 17, great back-to-back birdies at Nos. 1 and 2 surged the freshman into the lead. A four-putt double bogey at No. 3 and then a final double following an errant drive on his 54th hole left him one stroke out of first in a tie for third at 3-over 216 (69-73-74).
"Great tournament for the newbie," Goss tweeted.
Losole began his day around eighth place, but quickly found trouble in the form of the difficult middle stretch of the front nine. Making the turn at 3-over and well off the pace, Losole made birdie at the par-3 12th before holing a 20-foot bender for birdie at No. 16. Though he made a bogey at No. 18, the rest of the leaders came back to him, leading to a career-best third-place finish at 3-over 216 (71-72-73).
"Losole snuck up on the field with consistent, solid play," tweeted Goss.
Sophomore Matthew Negri (El Cajon, Calif./Grossmont) had a slow start to his day on the difficult front nine, making four bogeys in his first six holes. With his score counting toward the team's title hopes, he rebounded tremendously to play the remainder of the final round in even-par for his third-straight 4-over 75 and a 54-hole total of 12-over 225 (75-75-75).
Sophomore Bennett Lavin (Deerfield, Ill./Deerfield), who bounced back from an opening 79 Monday morning with an even-par 71 in the afternoon, again struggled in Tuesday's final round. A double bogey and a triple contributed to an 8-over 79, placing him 43rd in the field at 16-over 229 (79-71-79).
Playing as an individual not in the team lineup, freshman Josh Jamieson (St. Andrews, Scotland/High School of Dundee) made five bogeys and the rest pars en route to a 5-over 76. He placed 48th overall in his collegiate debut at 19-over 232 (78-78-76).
Northwestern returns to action Sunday and Monday, Sept. 23-24, at its own Windon Memorial Classic. The 16th installment of the tournament will be held at Skokie Country Club in Glencoe, Ill. For more information on the tournament, check out this preview on NUsports.com.
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