SYLVANIA, Ohio -- Rain didn't dampen Marilyn Lovander's spirits on Friday. The Willmar native carded a 4-under 67 in the second round of the LPGA Tour's Jamie Farr Owens Corning Classic to move up the leaderboard.
A total of 71 players didn't complete their second round as heavy rain flooded the Highlands Meadows Golf Club. The tournament director said it would be a "long shot" if play resumed Saturday as the course already had three inches of rain from storms that rolled through the area Wednesday.
Lovander finished 10th in the same event last year.
She had two birdies on the first four holes Friday after teeing off at 7:30 a.m. Lovander then bogeyed No. 5 and pared the next 10 holes before closing out her round with birdies on 16, 17 and 18 to move in a eight-way tie for 29th place at 2-under. Lovander entered Friday in a 23-way tie for 77th after making 16 pars and two bogeys Thursday.
Reilley Rankin and Mi Hyun Kim are the current co-leaders at 8-under. Natalie Gulbis is also at 8-over, but she completed only the front nine Friday.
Lovander, an 11-year veteran of the LPGA Tour, is currently 158th on this year's tour money list, having earned $7,842 in seven tournaments.