2nd round to continue in Augusta National Women’s Amateur
EVANS, Ga. (WRDW/WAGT) - After a series of delays, the second round got started Thursday afternoon in the Augusta National Women’s Amateur tournament, but players didn’t get all the way through it before nightfall.
Play will resume at 7:30 a.m. Friday at Champions Retreat. Once past the second round, all 72 players will move to Augusta National Golf Club for a practice round.
Starting early Thursday, organizers began announcing delays in starting times for the second round due to weather conditions.
But by about 1 p.m. after a wet day, the rain had mostly stopped in Augusta and the sun was trying to come out. Then officials announced around 2 p.m. that second-round starting times would begin at 3 p.m.
As the round got started, University of Alabama student Benedetta Moresco and 16-year-old Anna Davis were tied at -2, and 23 players were within three strokes of the lead, Augusta National Golf Club tweeted.
Play eventually was suspended at 7:52 p.m. due to darkness.
The competitors are fighting for 30 spots in the final round on Saturday.
The tournament started Wednesday with 72 women in the field, at least four from Georgia and South Carolina:
- Jenny Bae of Suwanee, Ga., who attends the University of Georgia.
- Jensen Castle of West Columbia, S.C.
- Anna Morgan of Spartanburg, S.C., who attends Furman.
- Ivy Shepherd of Peachtree City, Ga., who attends Clemson.
Two others attend regional colleges:
- Hannah Darling is from Scotland and attends the University of South Carolina.
- Savannah Grewal is from Canada and goes to Clemson.
Last year, Tsubasa Kajitani won in a playoff to become the first player from Japan ever to win a tournament at Augusta National. Hideki Matsuyama quickly became the second after winning the Masters last year.
Emilia Migliaccio nearly won last year (she lost in the playoff to Kajitani), but she’s back this year after coming so close last year.
Rose Zhang is the No. 1 ranked women’s amateur in the world. She nearly joined Kajitani and Migliaccio in the playoff last year, but missed a birdie putt on 18 by inches. She’s back this year.
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