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    Wildcats Extend Tourney Lead to 10 Strokes; Brittany Johnston In Second Place

    NUSPORTSDOTCOM Brittany Johnston shot a career-best 69 on Friday.
    Brittany Johnston shot a career-best 69 on Friday.

    March 3, 2006

    RIO VERDE, Ariz. -- Northwestern remains on top at the Rio Verde Collegiate Invitational after firing an 11-over 295 on Friday on the par-71 White Wing Golf Course. The Wildcats' strong day stretched their team lead from five to 10 strokes.

    Michigan, the next highest ranked team behind the 'Cats in the 17-team tourney, moved into second place. Texas Tech is in third place, 16 strokes back of the Wildcats.

    Sophomore Brittany Johnston (Akron, Ohio/Walsh Jesuit) led the 'Cats second-round charge, shooting a career-best 2-under 69 to move into second place, one stroke behind the Wolverines' Amy Schmucker, who also shot a 69 on Tuesday. She turned in the shot of the day, holing out from 150 yards out with a five iron on the 389-yard par-4 fifth hole. She used that, plus four birdies, for her 2-under 69. Johnston is 3-over (76-69=145) for the tournament.

    Right behind Johnston is teammate Jennifer Hong (Windermere, Fla./The First Academy), who is in fourth place with a 7-over 149 (75-74). She shot a 3-over 74 on Friday.

    The third Northwestern player in the top-10 is junior Alice Kim (Los Angeles, Calif./Brentwood), last week's Big Ten Golfer of the Week. Kim is sitting in a sixth-place tie at 9-over (75-76=151). Junior Heather Scholten (Grand Rapids, Mich./Grand Rapids Christian) is 22nd at 12-over (78-76=154).

    Sophomore Katie Trachok (Pittsburgh, Pa./Upper St. Clair) and junior Kelly Robb (Concord, Mass./Middlesex) are 14-over and 16-over, respectively, and in 28th and 39th place.



    The Wildcats are attempting to win their first tournament since capturing the Mountain View Collegiate title one year ago.

    Live scoring is available for the tournament at Rio Verde Collegiate Invitational.

    The tournament wraps up Saturday morning.