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May 21, 2004

OPELIKA, Ala. – The final round of the 2004 NCAA Women’s Golf Championships has been suspended until 8 a.m. (9 a.m. Eastern Time) Saturday. Lightning and thunder within a five mile radius forced a delay of about two and a half until players could return to their respective holes. Most teams have finished between seven to ten holes before dark. The morning groups did finish but the afternoon groups, which consist of the Top 12 teams on the leaderboard, will return for the conclusion of the tournament. The event is being held at the par 72 Grand National Lake Course (6,216 yards) in Opelika, Ala., and hosted by Auburn University.

UCLA, Duke and Oklahoma State are battling for the national title. All three teams have completed at least eight holes in the final round, with the Bruins on top at even par for the tournament. Duke is three strokes back and Oklahoma State is four behind.

The Buckeyes currently are in seventh place at 30 over par for the tournament. Ohio State trails sixth-place Texas by one stroke. California and Vanderbilt are tied for fourth place at 20 over par.

At the time play was halted Friday evening, Ohio State junior Kristen White (Doylestown, Pa./Central Bucks East) was four under for the day to stand alone in ninth place on the individual leaderboard at one under. Teammate Allison Hanna (Sr., Portland, Ore./David Douglas), who is in the middle of her final collegiate round, is even in the final round and tied for 12th place at two over for the tournament.

The remainder of the 2004 NCAA Championships will begin at 9 a.m. Saturday.