Talley leads rain-delayed Island Resort tourney

By Journal Sports Staff

HARRIS — The second round of the Island Resort Championship was suspended just before 6 p.m. Saturday due to continued rain.

Play was suspended indefinitely as the course was considered unplayable, according to a news release from the Symetra Tour at www.symetratour.com.

Round 2 is set to resume at about 7:30 a.m. today, and every effort will be made to complete 54 holes. Round 3 will be held with split tees beginning at the earliest at 12:15 p.m.

Prior to the suspension, second-year Symetra player Emma Talley was 3-under par with four birdies through her first eight holes to lead the tournament at 9-under.

After a career-best round of 65 in Friday’s first round, 2017 Symetra Tour rookie Ruixin Liu was 1-over par on Saturday, but she felt good about her day, even with a rain delay of 2 hours and 15 minutes.

“I didn’t have a really big issue today,” Liu said. “I don’t have any bogeys or any shot I really messed up with. I had a problem with the rough, especially around the green. I didn’t miss the green a lot, but everything else I’ll take it. It wasn’t so bad.”

While the weather may affect today’s final round on Sunday, Liu said she is ready to contend for her first Symetra victory.

“Just try to be positive,” she said talking about her game plan for Sunday. “I want to trust myself more. Don’t rush again like today, just play my own game and hope for the best.”

As things stand, Liu was tied at 6-under par for second place with Benyapa “Gift” Niphatsophon, who completed her second round, and Kristy McPherson, who was through eight holes.

Niphatsophon was disappointed after finishing her Saturday round at the Sweetgrass Golf Club. When asked what worked well for her in her 1-under par round she said, “Nothing” with a laugh.

Information compiled by Journal Sports Editor Steve Brownlee. His email address is sbrownlee@miningjournal.net.