USC’s director of golf, Kurt Schuette (left) high-fives Belen Mozo after her second-round 72.
Jennifer Johnson of Arizona State shot a second round 70.
UCLA’s Glory Yang celebrates with assistant coach Alicia Um after hitting to No. 2, an island like green during the second round.
Maude-Aimee LeBlanc of Purdue at No. 8. She shot a 73 in her second round.
University of Southern California’s Cyna Rodriguez hits her bunker shot at No. 9. USC took an early lead on Wednesday.
USC’s Jennifer Song at No. 9, she shot a second round 71.
Florida State head coach Kate Golden with player Jessica Negron at the 10th tee. Lightning delayed the start of Florida State’s second round.
Arizona State’s Jennifer Johnson with head coach Melissa Luellen at No. 2 during the second round.
Arizona State’s Carlota Ciganda leaves the course during the second weather delay of the second round.
Arizona State coach Melissa Luellen with Juliana Murcia.
New Mexico’s Sarah Salvo reacts to missing her birdie putt at No. 8.
Arizona State’s Juliana Murcia at No. 1 reacting to her parr putt.
Auburn’s Cydney Clanton watches her tee shot at No. 8. She shot a second round 71 and is tied for 11.
Oklahoma’s Ellen Mueller tries to work her ball through the air at No. 13 a par 3.
Denver’s Kimberly Kim hits her tee shot at No. 13.
UCLA head coach Carrie Forsyth with player Sydnee Michaels at No. 2. Michaels shot a 74 in Round 2. UCLA is in fourth place after two rounds.
Duke’s Alison Whitaker during the second round of the Women’s NCAA Championship.
Purdue’s Maude-Aimee LeBlanc, left, and Auburn’s Cydney Clanton, right, check their yardage at No. 8 during Round 2.
WILMINGTON, N.C. – Watching the Phoenix Suns and Los Angeles Lakers in the NBA’s Western Conference Finals last night on TV, I thought to myself, “Boy, what a disappointment the NBA playoffs have been.” The Boston Celtics lead Orlando 2-0 and appear to be headed for a sweep. Los Angeles is up 2-0 as well.
And then it dawned on me how similar this year’s NBA conference championship series’ feels to the NCAA Women’s Golf Championship.
Seriously folks, can another team ever grab the lead late in this championship besides Southern California, Arizona State, UCLA or Duke? That is all we seem to get this time of the year.
For awhile during the second round Alabama teased us with a new storyline at the championship, but it was just temporary. Florida State was the feel-good story early in the opening round, but that’s it. That’s all we ever get. This event, for the most part, is very stale. Maybe the women should do what the men do and try match play. (That is if we want excitement, but I think they still want to crown the best team.)
The leaders tee off here at the Country Club of Landfall in the afternoon wave Thursday. We are only at the halfway point and I know a lot can happen. But USC’s two-shot lead after the opening round was increased to seven shots after two rounds. Why would you think the Trojans will lose grasp of the championship?
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I want drama. There is a chance with the par-72, 6,368-yard layout allowing more red ink than most championship venues. But in order for any drama to happen here in the final two rounds, USC will have to back up to the field.