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Mother Nature makes Grier wait

June 30, 2007|By TIM KOELBLE

SOUTHERN PINES, N.C. - Ashley Grier will play on the weekend at the U.S. Women's Open, albeit under different circumstances.

Consistent weather delays suspended the majority of Friday's second round and, in some cases, prevented players from even beginning their round, including Hagerstown's Grier.

"We just sat around and waited, but the lightning kept on and then it finally started to rain about 4 (p.m.)," said Grier.

After shooting a 10-over-par 81 in Thursday's opening round of the 62nd U.S. Women's Open at Pine Needles Lodge & Golf Resort, Grier knows how low she'll have to go today in order to have a chance at making the cut for the final two rounds.

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Angela Park leads at 3 under and has yet to play her second round. Should the lead stay at 3 under (139), with the 10-shot rule being in effect, Grier would need to reach 149 with a 68 today.

"I think it's an advantage to come out and start a full round," said Grier. "It's tough going on and off and then back on to play.

"I'm in a positive frame of mind, to go out and hit fairways and greens and make some birdies."

At press time, the USGA had not released official tee times for those who did not play on Friday. Those on the course were scheduled to return this morning at 7:30. Grier expected to be ready to play around 9:30.

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