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Grier has work to do to make cut

August 26, 2007|By TIM KOELBLE

GETTYSBURG, Pa. - In the early-morning hours, you can usually hear birdies singing their own sweet tune.

When Hagerstown's Ashley Grier arrives on the scene to resume her second round at 7:15 this morning, she's hoping at least three birdies are in her bag.

Severe lightning approached the area on Saturday and players were brought off the course at 4:40 p.m. The round was suspended one hour later when tournament officials determined there were too many dangerous storm cells in the immediate area. By 6, rain fell on The Links of Gettysburg, hampering play at the Duramed FUTURES Tour Gettysburg Championship.

Players were to resume this morning at 7:15. Grier will start on the 13th hole, 175 yards from the cup on the 495-yard hole, in search of at least a birdie to get things rolling after suffering through a 41 on her first nine.

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Through 12, she was 6 over par for the day and 9 over for the tournament. Her first six holes of the day left her perplexed and losing shots rapidly to par, including three shots on three occasions when she went into a hazard or water.

"I felt fine but I was just hooking everything left from 10 through 15," said Grier. "I've hit a bad shot with a hook before, but not this much."

After opening with two pars, her troubles began on the par-3 12th, the third hole of her round. She pulled a 4-rescue deep past the green and into a hazard. After a penalty and drop, she nearly holed her pitch to save par.

Grier had penalties on each of the next two holes and a double bogey on the par-3 15th.

"After that I started to hit the ball better off the tee," she said. "It was frustrating giving four shots back."

Grier birdied the par-4 17th and then made the turn with pars on her 10th and 11th holes before she took a bogey on 12.

The top 70 and ties make the cut, which won't be determined until the leaders play their final 13 holes to complete the second round.

It appeared 150 would be Grier's goal to make the cut. That would mean she needs to at least match her first-round 75 - and following the 41 on her front nine, at least a 2-under 34 on the back would be needed.

When play was stopped, Violeta Retamoza shared the lead with Vikki Laing and Seo-Jae Lee at 6 under. FUTURES money leader Emily Bastel birdied the first four holes and reached 5 under through five holes. Taylor Leon, who shared the first round lead with Retsamova, was at 4 under.

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