Hanson Leads Weather-Suspended LPGA Event


Tracy Hanson carded a second consecutive 5-under 67 for a 36-hole total of 10-under-par 134 and a one-shot lead at the weather-suspended Electrolux USA Championship. First-round leader Pat Hurst completed her round of 71 as the horn sounded and holds second place at minus-nine with Jill McGill, who completed 15 holes on Friday.
A combination of rain, wind and lighting had the players coming and going throughout Friday's second round at The Legends Club's Ironhorse Course. The start of play was delayed 45 minutes due to lightning, and later the weather was the cause of a three hour and 30 minute delay. The action resumed later in the afternoon but more lightning in the area forced play to be suspended for the day at 6:35 pm ET.
A total of 96 players will return Saturday morning at 8:30am ET to complete round two. The 36-hole cut will be made after the completion of the round, and the start of the third round will follow.
Annika Sorenstam, the winner of five of her last six events, stands at 6-under through 15 holes. Top-ranked Karrie Webb bogeyed her first hole to fall to 3-under but still has 16 holes to play.
'I am very fortunate to have the tee time I had,' said Hanson, one of only 48 players to finish two rounds. 'That's how it's been for many years, sometimes you get a good tee time and sometimes you get a bad one. I feel bad for those who have to finish tomorrow. It's going to be a long day tomorrow, we don't know when we are teeing off, so we'll just have to wait and see.'
Hanson birdied four of her first 11 holes Friday before taking a bogey at the 12th after failing to get up and down out of a bunker. She knocked a 7-iron to eight feet for a birdie at the 16th, then added another after a sand wedge to two feet at the 17th.
Hanson, who joined the LPGA Tour in 1995, is in search of her first victory.
Hurst, who won this event last year for her third career title, seemed in control after starting her day on the back nine. She birdied three of her first five holes to get to 11-under, but dropped two shots with bogeys at Nos. 15 and 16. Although she added a birdie with a wedge to four feet at No. 17, she gave the stroke back with a bogey at the par-5 4th.
'I think anytime you get done you are happy and my guess would be when you are not done nobody's happy, not you or the caddie or your family,' said Hurst, who shot a tournament-record 64 for the lead on Thursday. 'It is good when you can get done.'
Full-field scores from the Electrolux USA Championship