Flashes Battle Through Tough Conditions At NCAA's

Updated 5/20/2010
WILMINGTON, N.C. - They kicked and clawed and scratched, but the second round slipped away from Kent State on the back nine Wednesday at the 2010 NCAA Women's Golf Championship. The Golden Flashes battled through two rain delays totaling an hour and 47 minutes before play was finally suspended for the day with just a few holes remaining.

Kent State is 15-over par on the day and sits in 23rd place at 34-over for the tournament on the par 72, 6,368-yard Dye Course at the Country Club of Landfall. The Flashes were just five-over at the turn before struggling through the first few holes on the back nine.

Third-ranked USC leads the 72-hole event at six-under par after firing an even-par 288. No. 6 Alabama also posted a 288 and is second at one-over par, while No. 7 Purdue is a shot back in third place on the heels of a six-over 294.

Sophomore Mercedes Germino (Necochea, Argentina) is at even par through 15 holes, while junior Sarah Bradley (Cambridge, New Zealand) is two-over through 16. Sophomores Shamira Marshall (Macedonia, Ohio) and Mandi Morrow (Kent, Ohio) and junior Martina Gavier (Cordoba, Argentina) are six-, seven- and eight-over on their rounds, respectively.

Arizona State's Jennifer Johnson posted a 70 (-2) to claim sole possession of the individual lead at seven-under par. She's a stroke clear USC's Jennifer Song, while four players stand tied for third place at minus-four.

The Golden Flashes will complete the second round at 7:30 a.m. Thursday, before starting the third round approximately an hour later.