USC Takes Lead at NCAA Womens Championships


NCAAALBUQUERQUE, N.M. -- Southern Californias Belen Mozo took over the individual lead with one of the few under-par rounds on Wednesday before high winds suspended play during the second round of the NCAA womens golf championships.
A snarling wind that approached speeds of 50 mph battered golfers on the University of New Mexico Championship Golf Course and delayed play for two hours before ending the days competition with 66 players left on the course.
Thanks to Mozos 1-under 71, USC remained atop the team standings. Cross-town rival UCLA joined the Trojans in the lead. Both Los Angeles schools are at 8-over 584, finishing up shortly before NCAA officials decided to stop play for the first time.
You just have to be patient when things like this happen, Mozo said of the playing conditions. You have to play the wind.
With a two-round score of 4-under 140, she has a one-stroke lead over Arizona States Azahara Munoz. The round of the day was turned in by the Bruins Tiffany Joh, who finished with a 3-under 69. As a team, USC shot a 12-over 300 while UCLA was 7-over.
Im grateful that were done, Bruins coach Carrie Forsyth said. But I dont know if thats to our benefit if the teams dont play in the afternoon.
Play was originally stopped when balls on four different greens involuntarily moved, said Tina Krah, NCAA associate director of championships.
Winds peaked at 48 mph, she said. It was my responsibility to make that decision.
Although the wind had not lessened appreciably, play resumed after about two hours, but an uprooted tree and whipping flag sticks led officials to suspended play again.
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