Men's Golf: Callahan wins Windon, Northwestern falls a shot short
September 26, 2012
John Callahan made a 25-foot birdie putt on the 54th hole of the Windon Memorial Classic to win the tournament by one shot.
The junior was playing as an individual, meaning his score did not count towards Northwestern's final total, but he can count the win as his first career victory. Still, the shots would have helped his team: The Wildcats fell a shot short of winning the team title at the tournament. NU held the lead after the first and second round, but Ohio State made a charge in the second and third rounds to make up a 14-shot deficit.
Callahan held the lead after posting a 69 in the first round but struggled in the second round, which was split between Sunday and Monday due to darkness on Sunday evening. In the last round, Callahan was tied for the lead heading into the par-3 16th, his final hole of the tournament. He hit the green on the long 230-yard hole, playing half a stroke over par. His putt was just one of nine birdies on the hole in all of the tournament.
Jack Perry led the charge for the NU team with a tie for fifth, six shots behind Callahan. The junior was coming off a win last week and continued his hot start with back-to-back 72s in the first two rounds. Nick Losole dropped out of a tie for second after two rounds into a tie for eighth, just a shot behind Perry. The senior played his worst round of the tournament in Monday's wind and shot a 76 to fall off the pace.
NU had five other players in the tournament, three playing for the team and two as individuals. Sophomore Bennett Lavin was the best of that bunch, finishing in 22nd place, while freshman Andrew Whalen struggled after his excellent debut last week, finishing in a tie for 37th.