May 18, 2004
Opelika, Ala. –
The first round of the NCAA Women’s Golf Championship was halted for nearly one hour Tuesday because of lightning in and around the area of the Grand National Golf Course. For the Seminoles it halted the play of senior Alison Curdt on the third hole, freshman Jaclyn Burch on the second hole and sophomore Caroline Larsson as she was putting out on the first hole.
Play resumed at approximately 2:25 CST.
“It’s better for me to have our round stopped before hitting one shot. I have always felt that it was better to have not started that to have been forced to stop in the middle of a hole.
“I try not to think about having to stop playing because you can’t control the weather. You just have to relax and go with the flow. Whenever they tell us to starting warm-up again, that’s what we have to do. When they say it’s time to go – then you go.
“We have no idea if we are going to play 18 holes or if we are going to play zero holes. There is nothing we can really do about it. We could go back out, play one more hole and have more lightning. You just have to be relaxed and ready for whatever comes your way.”
“I’m glad I had a late tee time so that I hadn’t hit a shot yet. I would rather start and play the entire round without interruption than be stopped during a round.
“I also feel that it’s nice to be able to sit back and take a break from preparing yourself to play. For me, I think about the upcoming round from the time I wake up in the morning. I think about playing from the time I get up until I make you last putt. You have to prepare yourself mentally for whatever the weather brings you on that day.”