Second-round play resumed at 7:36 PM, but was again suspended for darkness at 8:15 PM with six players on the course and one hole to play. Those players will return at 7:30 AM, Sunday to complete the round. The 36-hole cut will be determined immediately following completion of the second round, with the final round beginning at approximately 8:30 AM. A decision for a split-tee start or a one-tee start will be made following the tournament cut.
While weather conditions waffled and kept players guessing when the next suspension would come, Candy Hannemann went to work. The native of Rio de Janiero, Brazil fired a 7-under-par 65 this morning, completing three and half holes in her first round that included nine birdies, two bogeys and 26 putts. Then the 2001 NCAA champion from Duke University added a bogey-free 66 in her second round that gave her a solid lead at 13-under-par 131 ' the seasons new low 36-hole total.
'I came in this week very focused and I stayed patient today,' said Hannemann, who birdied five of her first seven holes in her second round of the event presented by Toyota. 'I took the pro-am off and practiced really hard and I finally made a lot of putts. Every putt that didnt drop this year dropped today.'
Stacy Prammanasudh, currently the top-ranked Futures Tour player, was right on Hannemanns heels and completed the one remaining hole of her first round with a 67. The native of Enid, Okla., then added another 5-under-par, bogey-free 67 in her second round to move into second place at 10-under 134. Prammanasudh hit 17 greens and birdied four of her first nine holes to steadily move into the chase position going into Sunday.
'After yesterdays rain, the greens are soft and you can fire at the pins,' said Prammanasudh, who finished second last week in Syracuse, N.Y. 'But this is still a difficult course and you have to concentrate on every hole. You cant just ditty-bump it around here.'
Last weeks winner, Soo Young Moon of Keumsan, South Korea, posted a 68 to finish her first round this morning, then added a 2-under-par 70 in the second in the same pairing with Hannemann and is in third alone at 138. Ranked second on the season money list, Moon posted five birdies, one bogey and a double-bogey-7 on the par-5 seventh hole when she tried to hit her second shot out of a bush.
'I can make birdie on that hole but my second shot was very bad,' said Moon.
And as for Hannemann, whom Moon watch scorch the par-72, 6,306-yard, links-style course, the Brazilian was in her own world.
'Everything she hit was good,' said Moon of Hannemann. 'Hit it, goes in. Hit it, goes in.'
Ranked ninth on the season money list, Hannemann is still looking for her first professional win and hopes to crack the top-five spots to earn her automatic LPGA Tour card. But she also knows that Prammanasudh, already a two-time winner this season on the Futures Tour, is a ferocious chaser with an ability to play tough on hard courses.
'Ill give 110 percent these last few weeks and if it happens, it happens,' said the Brazilian of winning her first event and upgrading her non-exempt LPGA Tour status to exempt. 'I just dont want to look back and say I didnt give my best.'