JEKYLL ISLAND, Ga. – Even the best laid plans can go awry. Such was the case on Tuesday at the Atlantic Sun Women’s Golf Championship. Though precautionary measures were taken to try to speed up the pace of play with rain expected to arrive in the late morning, the storms proved to be too much in the end and the second round was stopped with the competitors from the 10 teams all having played between four and 12 holes of their rounds.
Jacksonville was one of the teams who were able to play just about the maximum amount on the morning. All five of the Dolphins – including first round co-leader Jessica Welch – were able to get at least nine holes in, and Megan Collins completed 12 holes before the rain became too much.
Before the stoppage occurred, JU was playing well in spite of the elements and made a move up in the team standings. Entering the day tied for sixth place, the Dolphins now are alone in fifth and just four strokes back of fourth place as it currently stands. The unforeseen delay puts most of the teams and therefore individuals on uneven footing – while Welch shot a two-over 38 on her nine holes on Tuesday, the player she entered the day tied with only was able to get four holes completed. Welch will go into tomorrow in a tie for third place, though just a shot back of the two players in the lead.
The two best rounds of the second round so far belong to Sabrina Rumbaugh and Natalie Schmett. Rumbaugh has made it through 11 holes at one-over, as has Schmett through nine holes. Morgan Matchett is four-over through 10, birdieing her final hole before the delay. Collins struggled just before the round was halted and is at 10-over through 12.
All players will resume their second round tomorrow morning at 8 a.m. Following the conclusion of those rounds, players will immediately begin the third and final round. Mercer holds a four-stroke lead on Kennesaw State entering the final day, and is seven shots ahead of defending champion East Tennessee State, though all three teams have a long ways to go. Florida Gulf Coast is in fourth with JU nipping at its heels.
T3 Jessica Welch 71-38(9) = 109
T17 Natalie Schmett 77-37(9) = 114
T32 Sabrina Rumbaugh 81-46(11) = 127
T32 Morgan Matchett 78-45(10) = 123
48 Megan Collins 81-58(12) = 139
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