PARADISE ISLAND, Bahamas — Heather Bowie Young made five straight birdies while jumping from one side of the golf course to the other. Silvia Cavalleri was hitting the ball so well Friday she was sorry the Bahamas Classic was held on only 12 holes.
The slogan for the LPGA Tour is, "See why it's different out here." Was it ever.
Bowie Young and Cavalleri were tied for the lead at 6-under 39, which by numbers alone broke the LPGA scoring record by 20 shots. Not to worry. Annika Sorenstam's 59 in Phoenix in 2002 still stands as the lowest 18-hole score in LPGA history.
Severe flooding earlier in the week left much of the Ocean Club under water. The LPGA decided to use the holes that were available, and two of those holes had to be converted into par 3s because bunkers had caved in from a foot of rain that fell in a five-hour stretch Tuesday night.
The hope was to complete three rounds of 12 holes to make the inaugural Bahamas Classic official. On the LPGA Tour, 36 holes have to be completed for it to count. Even with a 12-hole, par-45 course, that was going to be a challenge because of a three-hour delay for lightning.
Twenty-seven players failed to finish the round.
CROWNE PLAZA INVITATIONAL AT COLONIAL: At Fort Worth, Texas, Matt Kuchar was 10-under par on the 16th green when the second round was suspended because of an impending storm system. There were 18 groups still on the course, three still with eight holes to play, when play was stopped at 6:38 p.m. The second round at Hogan's Alley will be completed Saturday morning. Kuchar, the WGC-Accenture Match Play winner in February, had a one-stroke lead over Graham DeLaet.
SENIOR PGA CHAMPIONSHIP: At St. Louis, Russ Cochran and Kenny Perry each shot 5-under 66 at Bellerive Country Club to share the second-round lead. The longtime Kentucky friends were 7 under. They will play together for the third straight day Saturday.
BMW PGA CHAMPIONSHIP: Virginia Water, England, Rory McIlory was one of five 2012 European Ryder Cup players to miss the cut, while Medinah teammate Francesco Molinari took the lead at cold and wet Wentworth. Sergio Garcia was five strokes back after a 71.
NCAA WOMEN'S GOLF CHAMPIONSHIPS: At Athens, Ga., Annie Park shot a 1-under 71 to top the individual standings and help Southern California take its third NCAA women's tournament title with a record-setting team performance.
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