Weather disrupts U.S. Women's Open

June 29, 2007 at 9:32 PM
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SOUTHERN PINES, N.C., June 29 (UPI) -- Angela Park maintained a two-shot lead Friday even though she never set foot on the course at the weather-plagued U.S. Women's Open at Southern Pines, N.C.

In-Bee Park, meanwhile, moved into a strong challenging position by completing 36 holes at even-par 142. She was the only player among the top 15 who hit a shot Friday.

Off-and-on lightning and rain delays prevented the scheduled afternoon starters from beginning their rounds, creating the possibility that the tournament might not finish until Monday.

Angela Park shot a 3-under 68 over the Pine Needles course Thursday and was still in front when play was halted Friday. Amy Hung, Ji-Yai Shin, Joo Mi Kim, Shi Hyun Ahn, Julieta Granada and Charlotte Mayorkas were all tied for second at 1-under -- and none of them had started the second round.

In-Bee Park was one of eight players at even par, but the other seven had played only 18 holes. They included Christie Kerr, Brittany Lincicome, Morgan Pressel and Lorena Ochoa.

Angela Stafford was among the players who were able to complete 36 holes at 1-over. Defending champion Birdie Kim was 1-over through 15 holes of the second round.

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