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    16th-Ranked Wildcats Move Up at Mercedes-Benz

    NUSPORTSDOTCOM Heather Scholten is in 34th place at the Mercedes-Benz Championships.
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    Heather Scholten is in 34th place at the Mercedes-Benz Championships.
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    Oct. 14, 2006

    KNOXVILLE, Tenn. -- Northwestern's 16th-ranked Wildcats turned in a better second round on Saturday and climbed a spot to 14th at this weekend's Mercedes-Benz Collegiate Championships at the Cherokee Country Club.

    The tournament annually features several of the top programs in collegiate golf. No. 10 Auburn carries a four-stroke lead into the final round. Top-ranked Georgia is in second place followed by No. 12 Tennessee, the host school.

    Northwestern had four players shoot 6-over 77's on Saturday: senior Alice Kim (Los Angeles, Calif./Brentwood), sophomore Jennifer Hong (Windermere, Fla./The First Academy), senior Heather Scholten (Grand Rapids, Mich./Grand Rapids Christian) and junior Katie Trachok (Pittsburgh, Pa./Upper St. Clair). Scholten is in 34th place overall with an 11-over 153 (76-77) while Hong is in 39th place at 13-over (78-77=155).

    Northwestern is without Liliana Alvarez this weekend, who is playing in the World Team Amateur Tournament in Capetown, South Africa. She is a member of the Mexican national team.

    The final round is set for Sunday.

    Live scoring for the 54-hole event can be found at Mercedes-Benz Collegiate Championships.