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    Wildcats Find Red Numbers to Jump Three Spots at Puerto Rico Classic

    Junior Josh Dupont fired his best round of the year Monday at the Puerto Rico Classic.

    Junior Josh Dupont fired his best round of the year Monday at the Puerto Rico Classic.

    Feb. 22, 2010

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    RIO GRANDE, Puerto Rico -- Northwestern matched the second-lowest team round of the day Monday at the Puerto Rico Classic on the Rio Mar River Course, carding a total of 10-under 278 to jump three spots into a tie with host Purdue for seventh place in the tournament.

    The Wildcats now are one shot behind sixth-place No. 36 Kent State and three behind fifth-place No. 11 Georgia Tech. NU is three clear of ninth-place No. 37 East Tennessee State with its two-day total of 8-under 568 (290-278). NU's 12-shot improvement from round one to round two easily was the best in the 15-team field.

    No. 10 Texas fired a mind-boggling 19-under 269 Monday to blow past No. 1 Oklahoma State and take an eight-stroke lead in the tournament at 30-under 546.

    How strong was NU's day? All five Wildcats went under par in the second round, compiling 21 birdies among the group. Junior Josh Dupont (Poway, Calif./Cathedral Catholic) led the way with a 4-under 68, which put him at 4-under 140 (72-68) for the tournament. Dupont surged from 32nd after the opening round to 13th overall in the individual standings, helped by an eagle on the par-5 fourth hole. His 68 is his best round of the year and his first in the 60's in 2009-10.

    Junior David Lipsky (La Canada, Calif./La Canada) remained in the top-10 with a 2-under 70 on Monday, moving him to 6-under 138 (68-70) through 36 holes. Lipsky now is seventh overall and is the leading Big Ten golfer in the field at the moment.

    Senior Jonathan Bowers (Columbus, Ohio./Bishop Watterson) made it three Wildcats under par for the tournament with his 1-under 71 Monday, placing him 30th overall at 1-under 143 (72-71).

    Sophomore Sam Chien (San Diego, Calif./Mt. Carmel) broke 70 for the fourth time this year with a 3-under 69, pushing him up to 46th overall at 3-over 147 (78-69). Classmate Eric Chun (Ansung City, South Korea/International Christian School) also recovered from his first-round 78 to find red numbers with a 1-under 71. He now is 53rd at 5-over 149 (78-71).

    Lipsky and Chien each have a team-best five rounds of par or better on the 2009-10 season following Monday's second round in Puerto Rico. The tournament concludes tomorrow, Tuesday, Feb. 23, with the final round beginning at 5:30 a.m. CT.