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Rain keeps Wie
from finishing

Michelle Wie carried her putter on the practice green in Fairfield, Conn., yesterday.

FAIRFIELD, Conn. >> Thunderstorms and heavy rain postponed the second day of play at the U.S. Girls Junior Golf Championship before about half the field had completed their rounds yesterday.

Hawaii's Michelle Wie, 13, a co-leader after the first day at 2-under-par 69, had just teed off on her third hole of the day when play was suspended.

Starting from the 10th tee, Wie had parred the 10th and bogied the 11th with her only three-putt green in two days.

After a 2-hour delay, officials decided not to resume play, even though forecasters predicated a small window of clear skies about two hours before dusk.

"I'm happy we didn't have to go back out," said Wie, who won the U.S. Women's Amateur Public Links Championship four weeks ago. "I'd rather wait and play again tomorrow."

The 79 players in the field of 156 who hadn't completed their second round of qualifying marked their balls and will resume play in a mass shot-gun start this morning.

The top 64 qualifiers will then advance to the first round of match play this afternoon.

Paula Creamer, of Pleasanton, Calif., who shared the first-day lead with Wie, was one of 77 golfers to complete her round. She finished with a 2-over 73 for a two-day total of 69-73-142, one behind Sukjin-Lee Wuesthoff of Toms River, N.J., the clubhouse leader at 70-71-141.

Hilo's Amanda Wilson was the only Hawaii participant to complete her round. She shot a 4-over 75 for a total of 151.


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