'Not only was it in an unplayable condition at present, but it would be likely to return to that state throughout the day with further rains,' LPGA tournament official Janet Lindsay said of the course. 'It was at that point we decided that it was probably in the best interest of the championship if we literally took the day off.'
The second round will now begin Saturday at 7:15 a.m. EDT and the plan is to play 36 holes on Sunday to complete the second major of 2004 as scheduled.
Jennifer Rosales, who earned her first career victory on the LPGA Tour in May at the Chick-Fil-A Charity Championship, posted a 5-under 66 on Thursday to take the opening-round lead.
'It's a pretty good start for me,' Rosales said after her round on Thursday. 'I'm happy the way I played. We'll just take one day at a time and see where I end up on the weekend.'
Karen Stupples, also a first-time winner this season at the Welch's/Fry's Championship, was one shot back along with Gloria Park and Chiharu Yamaguchi at 4-under-par 67.
Defending champion Annika Sorenstam followed at 3-under-par 68. The Swede was joined by Grace Park, who lost this event in a playoff to Sorenstam last year, and Moira Dunn in a tie for fifth.