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Play was suspended this morning for half an hour (11:17 a.m. - 11:47 a.m.) due to lightning in the area. Prior to the delay, amateur competitor Stephanie Keever of Las Vegas, NV was on her way to repeating the success she experienced during the first round of the U.S. Women's Open in Pine Needles, N.C.

Keever shot an open round of 1-under-par 69 on Thursday. Of the 20 amateurs competing in the Open this year, she was the only one to break 70.
 
This is my third Open and I felt ready this time, Keever said following the completion of 36 holes.
 
Keever made birdie on the 360-yard par-4 4th moving herself to 2-under-par. She was unable to hold that position after making bogey on the very next hole, the 175-yard par-3 5th.
 
The Stanford student made the turn after birdieing her way back to 2-under-par.
 
Keever then birdied the 200-yard par-3 13th to move to 3-under-par and match yesterday's leaders when play was suspended.
 
However, she lost momentum after the rain delay. Keever bogeyed the 409-yard par 4 15th, double bogeyed the par 3 16th and bogeyed the 429-yard par 4 17th.
 
The finishing holes are tough. On 15 I miss clubbed, 16 was a total miss and on the 17th I pushed my drive right and couldnt get it home.
 
She finished the second round 2-over-par 72.
 
I probably started thinking a little bit during the rain delay, Keever said. I probably got a little ahead of myself.
 
Former Open champion Juli Inkster got off to a fast start this morning by firing back-to-back birdies.
 
Her birdie on her first hole of the day, the 451-yard par-4 10th, left her tied for the lead. Her second birdie of the day on the 367-yard par-4 11th left her in the lead.
 
Inkster was unable to hold onto that lead after making three consecutive bogeys before making the turn at 2-over-par. Inkster bogeyed the 481-yard par-5 1st, dropping back to 1-under. In an effort to stop the bleeding, one can only guess by the string of pars that have followed that the 40-year-old is playing safe.
 
Play was suspended for the second time today at 1:19 pm.
 
Pine Needles Lodge
 
Full-field scores from the U.S. Women's Open

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