FAYETTEVILLE, Arkansas -- Michigan State’s Allyson Geer-Park and Haylin Harris completed the second round of the NCAA Women’s Golf Championships on Sunday at the Blessings Golf Club in Fayetteville, Arkansas. Following Saturday’s suspension of play due to inclement weather, Geer-Park finished with a 4-over-par 77, while Harris shot a 2-over-par 75.
Geer-Park is tied for 42nd place at 7-over-par 153 (76-77), while Harris is tied for 57th at 9-over-par 155 (80-75).
Saturday’s suspension of play forced a shortening of the stroke play portion of the tournament from 72 holes to 54 holes. All 24 teams and 12 individuals in the tournament will compete again on Monday, with the pairings for that round being determined by their 36-hole score (through Sunday’s round). The stroke play portion of the championship will culminate with the individual medalist being determined following the 54 holes.
“We’re all exited that we get to play on Monday, I think it will be fun,” Geer-Park said. “We have one more day to finish strong and move up as much as we can, so we’re looking forward to it.”
Just five players in the field of 132 are under par through two rounds of play, led by Florida’s Sierra Brooks, who is 4-under-par 142 (75-67).
Geer-Park nearly got through her entire round before play was suspended on Saturday afternoon. She started on the 10th hole and was 2-over-par at the turn. Geer-Park bogeyed two of the first three holes after the turn, but then recorded three straight pars before play was halted.
“Obviously we would have liked to have finished yesterday, but it was out of our control,” Geer-Park said. “I wasn’t hitting it well yesterday, so I think ended on the perfect spot. We all expected to go back out on the course, but obviously never got the chance.”
When she resumed play on Sunday morning, Geer-Park birdied her first hole – the par-5 seventh. She ended with a par and bogey, respectively, to finish with a 4-over-par 77.
“I definitely wanted to keep playing today, I was playing better,” Geer-Park said with a laugh. “The course was playing easier today.”
Harris, who played her entire second round on Sunday, started her day on the 10th hole. She was 2-over-par through four holes, but four pars and a birdie to finish the first half of her round got her to 1-over.
Harris carried that steadiness after the turn, recording five consecutive pars and then a birdie. She carded two more pars, between a bogey, to end her round with a 2-over-par 75, moving her 10 spots up the leaderboard.
“For the first time here I felt comfortable on the course,” Harris said. “These are some of the hardest greens I have ever played on, but today was just a very solid day.”
Harris will be in the sixth group tomorrow, teeing off from No. 1 at 8:55 a.m. ET. Geer-Park will tee off from the 10th hole at 1:50 p.m. ET.
Duke leads the team portion of the event at 2-over-par 586.