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    Wildcats Just Four Strokes Off the Lead at the Kepler Intercollegiate

    NUSPORTSDOTCOM Kyle Moore fired a 4-under 68 in Saturday's first round.
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    Kyle Moore fired a 4-under 68 in Saturday's first round.
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    April 15, 2006

    Kepler Intercollegiate Results (Day One)
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    DUBLIN, Ohio -- Northwestern's 33rd-ranked Wildcats turned in the best team score (a 4-under 284) in Saturday's second round of the Robert Kepler Intercollegiate and are just four strokes back of Indiana, which has a two-round score of 578.

    The Wildcats started the second round in second place, 12 shots back of the Hoosiers. But the 'Cats shaved eight strokes off the lead, setting up a interesting race in Sunday's final round.

    The Wildcats' Kyle Moore, a native of Dublin, shares the tournament lead with Indiana'a Seth Brandon. Moore carded rounds of 68 and 73 for a 3-under 141.

    Moore's 73 was just the fourth-best individual score in Saturday's second round. David Merkow (Hartland, Wis./Arrowhead Union), Dillon Dougherty (Woodland, Calif./Woodland) and Chris Wilson, another Dublin native, all were under par for the second 18.

    Merkow is in eighth place at 3-over (77-70=147), while Dougherty is in 16th place at 5-over (79-70=149). Dan Doyle (Rochester, Mich./Stoney Creek) is in 21st place with a 6-over 150 (74--76). Wilson is 25th with a 7-over 151 (80-71).

    It appears that the Hoosiers and Wildcats are in a two-team race for this year's Kepler title. Northwestern is 18 strokes in front of third-place Marshall.

    This year's Kepler Intercollegiate is being played at the Muirfield Village Golf Club due to construction currently underway at Ohio State's Scarlet Course.