October 07, 2017: On a day of unplayable weather, Vani Kapoor found herself in the midst of the storm during the second round of the Lacoste Ladies Open de France. The young Indian golfer was playing well as she sought to protect herself from the knife, but two late bogeys left her on the wrong edge of the blade. The second round was suspended yesterday due to inclement weather conditions.
After posting a troubled 74 in the first round, Vani played with determination on Friday. She was coasting along calmly before the winds picked up, drawing two bogeys from her in three holes.
With the projected cut at +1, Vani has just five holes left to resurrect herself when she restarts the second round on Saturday.
Vani was playing pretty well on Friday, keeping her sheet clean through 10 holes. She also made a birdie at the par-3 third hole, seemingly set to rescue herself. Unfortunately though, Vani had to endure bristling winds and light rain as she conceded shots just ahead of the suspension.
“There was a large amount of rainfall in the area last week and over the weekend, which had already saturated the golf course,” said Davide Lantos, the tournament director and the Ladies European Tour’s Director of Sport. “Although the course was playable in the morning, the additional rain flooded several greens and fairways and the course became unplayable. We tried to re-start in the afternoon but after another shower, the course remained extremely wet.”
Second round play will resume at 08:45 on Saturday and the intention is to complete 72 holes (four rounds).
The players who were on the golf course when play was suspended will return to the same positions to resume their second rounds at 8:45 on Saturday and the tee times will be adjusted for those whom had not yet teed off.
American Cristie Kerr, who shot an eight-under-par 62 to lead after Thursday’s first round, had not yet started her second round, but Finland’s Ursula Wikstrom was two under par after nine holes and only one stroke behind the leader. Another player taking advantage was Isabelle Boineau from France, who made three birdies at the first, second and sixth holes to hold a share of third place on five under par.