ALBUQUERQUE, NM -- Winds gusting up to 50 miles per hour forced officials to suspend second round play on Wednesday at the NCAA Women's Golf Championship at the University of New Mexico's Championship Golf Course.
The 12 teams still on the course, including Texas A&M, will resume play at 7 a.m. on Thursday followed immediately by the third round. The final round is scheduled for Friday.
Play was first suspended at 1:10 p.m. and resumed two hours later. With the high winds blowing some balls off the greens, the round was suspended for the day at 4:55 p.m.
The 12 teams that started in the morning completed their rounds. Southern California and UCLA are tied for the lead with eight-over-par 584 totals.
A&M was at 10-over with its five players nine holes or fewer. Sophomore Ashley Freeman was even-par through six, while senior Miranda Orr (nine), freshman Sarah Zwartynski (seven) and sophomore Danielle McVeigh (seven) were one-over. Junior Lauren Johnson was seven-over through eight.
The wind played to Orr's advantage on the par-5 18th, her ninth and final hole of the day. Her third shot into the stiff breeze stopped 25 feet past the hole. But as her group approached the green several minutes later, a strong gust blew her ball back toward the pin. It came to rest one foot from the hole, resulting in a tap-in birdie.
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