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.
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