THE COLONY, Texas – Matilda Castren shoots a five-under-66-year-old after a six-hour storm delay to take the lead in the suspended second round of the Volunteers of America Classic.
With the start of the game delayed by lightning and rain, the 26-year-old former Florida State star from Finland had five birdies around to make it ten under the Old American. More than 1 centimeter of rain fell on the track.
“I spent the whole day here at the golf course,” Castren said. “It was great because there was food all day, friends, and I was hanging out with the other players and kadies. We had a great time chatting. We checked the radar every five minutes and waited for the updates. “Actually went fast. It was especially the food that kept me here.”
She won the LPGA MEDIHEAL Championship in Daly City, California, at the misty Lake Merced three weeks ago and became the first Finnish winner in LPGA tour history.
“There is still a lot of golf left to play and not everyone has completed the second round,” Castren said. “So I’m really happy where I am at the moment. I do not think it’s going to be money for the third round tomorrow, but I’m very happy where my game is going and how I’m playing right now.”
Jeongeun Lee6, the South Korean player who won the US Women’s Open in 2019 and lives in nearby Irving, was 8 down – after an opening round 64 with a 70.
Jin Young Ko, the leader in the first round after a 63, was also 8-under with 14 holes left. Only half of the players were able to finish the round before dark
After a nearly two-year run at No. 1 in the global golf rankings, Ko – who has a home in nearby Frisco – lost the No. 1 spot when Nelly Korda won the KPMG Women’s PGA Championship on Sunday for her second straight victory.
Due to the wet conditions, players were allowed to use preferences in the clean field.
“It rained too much,” Lee6 said. “The highway and greens are too wet. So, second stop and take off is the difference.”
Celine Boutier and Gerina Piller were 8 under. Boutier shot 67, while Piller had 13 holes left.