Newspaper article Sarasota Herald Tribune

'Bama's Talley Leads by One as Weather Is a Factor Again

Newspaper article Sarasota Herald Tribune

'Bama's Talley Leads by One as Weather Is a Factor Again

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THIRD ROUND: Six of 24 teams are unable to complete play Sunday

BRADENTON -- Emma Talley finished her round early on Sunday, which allowed the University of Alabama junior to sit back and monitor the rest of the field.

She had to like what she saw. Talley, who started day three of the NCAA Women's Golf Championships in second place, shot a 1-over- par 73, good for a three-day total of even-par 216 and a one-shot lead at The Concession Golf Club.

But due to an hour-long lightning delay, and darkness that prevented six of the 24 competing teams from finishing the round, Talley's lead may not hold up.

The three golfers in second, third and fourth places must complete their third rounds today. And that would be Arizona State's Monica Vaughn, who got in 17 holes and trails Talley by one shot; USC's Annie Park, the leader after the second round; and Duke's Leona Maguire, both of whom completed 13 holes.

Park trails by 2 shots and Maguire, rated the top amateur golfer in the country, by 3. The suspended third round will resume this morning at 7:30.

If necessary, playoffs will take place immediately after the confirmation of scores to determine the top 15 teams and nine players not on an advancing team.

The fourth round, the final one of stroke play, will start at 10:50 a.m. today. The 72-hole individual stroke play champion will be determined.

Following the round, the top eight teams will compete in match play for the championship Tuesday and Wednesday..

Among the top 15 teams that will advance, first-place USC (plus- 28) is a lock, along with second-place Duke (plus-31), third-place Arizona (plus-41), Tennessee (plus-44) in fourth and Baylor (plus- 46) in fifth.

Shooting her second-straight round of 73, Talley was able to take advantage of Park's 4-over-76 to grab the lead. …

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