WILMINGTON, N.C. – The University of Alabama women's golf team shot even-par 288 on Wednesday during the second round of the 2010 NCAA Championships and moved into second place with six teams still needing to finish their second round on the par-72, 6,368-yard Dye Course at the Country Club of the Landfall.
The second round saw two lightening delays - the first of which left two Alabama players on the course - totaling one hour and 45 minutes. UA finished its round following the first delay, but play was eventually halted due to inclement weather and darkness.
The six teams still needing to finish their second round will tee off at 6:30 a.m. (CDT). The third round will then tee off one hour following the conclusion of round two. The Crimson Tide's third round is scheduled for the second flight of the afternoon pairings. No time will be determined until after the second round is concluded.
"The golf course changed a lot during the round as the wind picked up and when we started struggling I think it was more the course than us," Alabama head coach Mic Potter said. "We were hitting the same shots but the wind got a lot trickier, and we couldn't get it as close and that brought some three-putts into play."
The Crimson Tide is seven strokes off the lead of Southern California at 1-over-par 577. The Trojans also shot even par on Wednesday after opening the tournament with a 6-under-par 282. Purdue slips back to third place after a second-round 6-over-par 294. UCLA is at 4-over-par 580 in fourth place with Arizona State in fifth at 5-over-par 581.
"USC is really good, and I don't think you want to be seven shots behind them because they are very capable of going out there and shooting low twice," Potter said. "But we had it going today and caught them at one point, so there is no reason why, if we stick to our game plan, that we couldn't do it again."
The Crimson Tide started hot on the front side and got to 8-under par on their second round before the winds picked up and the course started getting some of those strokes back over the final six holes.
"I think we have a team that doesn't worry about anything but what they are doing," Potter said. "That has been our game plan all year, to play one ball at a time. When we won the Southeastern Conference Championship, we never did get wrapped up in what was going on at the top of the leaderboard. It was all about playing our game, and we are generally pretty good at that. I would take this team over most any that I have had with their ability to stay in the present."
True freshman Jennifer Kirby led the Alabama charge on Wednesday with a 2-under-par round of 70. She is tied for 20h after two rounds of play at 1-over-par 145. Kirby carded eight pars on the opening nine holes with a single birdie on the par-5 fifth hole to make the turn at 1-under 35. The then birdied No. 10 and No. 12 to get to 3-under par before giving back a shot on the par-4 14th.
Rhea Nair continued her outstanding play on day two with her second straight 1-under-par 71 that puts her in a tie for seventh place. She birdied the fourth and ninth hole to shot 34 on the front side and got to 3-under par with a birdie on the 11th. But the wind picked up and played havoc over the next four holes as the senior bogeyed the 12th, 14th and 15th holes.
Nair was one of two Alabama golfers still on the course when the first lightening delay halted play for 58 minutes. Once play resumed she proceeded to birdie the par-5 18th to close out her second round at 1-under par.
Brooke Pancake enters the third round in a tie for 12th at even-par 144 after shooting 2-over 74 in the second round. She got off to a hot start with three birdies and a bogey on her first 10 holes of the day, but as the wind picked up, her scores went south with four bogeys over a six hole stretch from the 11th to the 16th.
Junior Camilla Lennarth shot her second straight 1-over-par 73 and is in a tie for 26th at 2-over-par 146 after 36 holes of play. Lennarth opened the day with pars on her first 16 holes before a bogey on the 17th. Helena Blomberg shot 79 and is tied for 105th position.
Follow hole-by-hole live scoring at www.golfstat.com and NCAA.com. In addition, the 16th, 17th and 18th holes of the third and fourth round of the NCAA Women's Golf Championships will be streamed live on the women's golf page at NCAA.com.