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Rain, darkness delays second-round finish at Kingsmill

The Virginia Gazette

WILLIAMSBURG — Friday's rain caused a ripple effect, the biggest of which is the second round of the Kingsmill Championship won't be completed until play resumes at 8 a.m. Saturday.

That means players on or near the cut line won't know if they'll be playing in the final two rounds and, more important, earn a paycheck, for another day.

Tournament officials say the storm dropped just more than an inch of precipitation onto the River Course. That forced the first tee times Friday to be delayed more than three hours to 11 a.m.

None of the 72 golfers who teed off in the late afternoon groups finished the second round before play was suspended for darkness at 7:58 p.m. Players resume the second round Saturday morning, with some groups playing up to 10 holes.

Following that, LPGA officials will set the cut at the low 70 scores and any ties, then start the third round at about noon.

Players will be in threesomes and will play from the first and the 10th tees, with the top players starting on No. 1. Third-round leaders should tee off before 2 p.m. The TV coverage is from 5-7 p.m. on the Golf Channel.

For players like Hee Young Park, the clubhouse leader at 8-under, the cut line isn't of much significance.

The same goes for Stacy Lewis and Brittany Lang. They're done at 7-under.

Lexi Thompson, first-round co-leader Azahara Munoz and Lizette Salas are all at 7-under going into Saturday morning's completion of their rounds. For others, such as Anya Alvarez, who is 2-over after rounds of 71 and 73, where the cut line falls is of monumental importance.

“Praying that I make the cut,” Alvarez tweeted late Friday afternoon.

The cut line fluctuated between 1-over and 2-over throughout the day. When darkness stopped play, the projection was for 1-over.

In jeopardy are such golfers as Morgan Pressel, who finished her two rounds at 2-over, and Paula Creamer, who is 3-over with six holes to play.

Park has overcome ongoing wrist problems to reach 8-under. She missed the cut two weeks ago in Texas for the only time this year. After that, she didn't pick up a club for eight days.

After shooting a 66 Thursday, she said the formula for her wrist that night was simple.

“A lot of ice, good food, good sleep,” she said.

Of those who finished Friday, Lewis and Mariajo Uribe shot 6-under 65, the best rounds of the day.

“I definitely have a better feeling coming off the course today,” Lewis said. “I just feel like I played a lot more solid, hit the ball better, definitely had more control going into the greens.”

Uribe shot her lowest round of the year by two strokes to move herself from around the cut line to safely in the field for the weekend.

“I was a little bit anxious to wait this morning, but it's good to be done,” she said. “We can sleep in and wait for the new tee times.”

Three-time Kingsmill champ Cristie Kerr reached 6-under through 16 holes, but her tee shot on diabolical hole No. 8 went well left of center. She wound up with a double bogey and finished the day at 4-under.

As usual, No. 8 was among the toughest on the course, producing more bogeys than birdies.

Austin Ernst, the other first-round co-leader, is 3-over through 15 holes, but her opening-round 65 means she is still 3-under for the tournament.

While the golfers were serious on the course, when the delay was announced, some took to Twitter to have some fun.

Said Danielle Kang, whose tee time went from 2:31 to 6:01: “Looks like a nine and dine day.” Play nine holes, then have a late dinner.

From Kris Tamulis: “My 3.5 hour tee time delay makes plenty of time for another episode of The Golden Girls.”

And from Salas early Friday morning: “Looks like I'm teeing off at 515pm!! I'm going back to sleep.”

Burke can be reached by phone at 757-247-4961.

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