Courtesy of Kent State Athletic Communications
ATHENS, Ga. – Kent State sophomore Jennifer Ha worked off the jitters of playing at the NCAA Championships for the first time and shot a 2-under, 70 during Wednesday's second round. Ha vaulted 51 spots up the leaderboard, the second-biggest jump of the day, and is tied for 57th place with 36 holes to play.
"Jennifer really played well today," said assistant coach Maddi Swaney. "She continued striking the ball very well and was able to hit the ball close to the pin on a few holes."
Lightning was spotted near the University of Georgia Golf Course just before 5 p.m., temporarily bring second round play to a halt. The weather delay lasted two hours and three minutes, and the final two groups were unable to complete the round prior to sunset. Play will resume Thursday morning.
Ha had just taken her second shot on the par-5 17th hole when play was stalled. The delay did not seem to affect her, as she put the finishing touches on an excellent round with birdies on the final two holes. Ha tied for the 10th-best score on Wednesday and was one of just 24 participants in the 126-golfer field to shoot under par.
After a rough start for the second straight day, Ha played nearly flawless golf over the final 13 holes. She made four birdies, all over her last five holes, in addition to eight pars to end the day. The lone blemish was a bogey on No. 9, which sent Ha into the turn at 2-over.
Back-to-back birdies on No. 3 and No. 4 erased bogies on her first two holes of the day. Ha followed with another bogey on No. 5, preventing her from moving under par for the first time in the tournament.
"She had a great shot on 3 that put her at about six feet out, and was able to make the birdie putt," said Swaney. "It seemed like she really got into a groove after that."
Top-ranked Southern California turned imn the best performance of the day with a 12-under, 276 to a take commanding 12-stroke lead. Alabama's Stephanie Meadow shot 5-under, 67 to move into first by a stroke.
Ha will tee off from the 10th tee at 8:25 a.m. on Thursday, as originally scheduled.