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Durham dynamite through nine at U.S. Women's Open

Rising senior 2-over through nine before play was halted

June 28, 2007 · MT Media Relations
SOUTHERN PINES, N.C. - Middle Tennessee golf standout Taryn Durham shot 2-over through nine holes before play was suspended at the U.S. Women's Open Championship at Pine Needles Lodge & Golf Club Thursday.

The rising senior carded a 38 on the back nine and is tied for 45th, five shots off the pace set by Angela Park, who was 3-under through 18. Durham will resume play at 7:30 a.m., Friday and complete her first round on the front nine, before starting the second round.

"Playing 27 holes (Friday) shouldn't bother me because I am used to playing two rounds in a day in college tournaments," Durham said. "Obviously the people who were able to finish Thursday have a bit of an advantage because they are at the hotel relaxing, but I'm really focused and I don't anticipate 27 holes in a day being a problem."

Durham parred the par-5 10th to begin her first U.S. Women's Open before inclement weather forced a 3 hour, 35 minute rain delay.

"I felt so good on the range warming up, and I felt good putting," Durham said. "I really hit the ball well and had a good start and I went to the 11th tee box expecting to play and they told us we had to stop. I guess it kind of hurt momentum, but I tried to stay focused and when I got out there I wanted to have the same mindset."

The delay didn't hurt Durham, who was even on the par-4 11th when play resumed before running into the only real trouble she faced during her shortened round on No. 12. She had a double bogey to go 2-over through three holes.

"I had one bad swing on No. 12 and it cost me a double," Durham said.

Otherwise, Durham's driver dictated a dynamic dash during the remaining six holes. After consecutive pars on 13 and 14, she nailed her tee shot on 15 and eventually bagged her only birdie on the par-5 to get to 1-under. She closed the first nine with back-to-back pars before what Durham called a "disappointing" bogey on 18 to finish the day 2-over.

"The bogey on 18 was disappointing because I had such a good drive and ended up not getting up and down," Durham said. "Other than that I hit the ball really well. I didn't miss many shots out there today, and I believe I have set myself up well going into Friday."

Durham's short game was solid but her accurate driver was long and proved to be an asset. Durham ranks 19th in fairways hit after nine holes, and the confident rising senior at Middle Tennessee believes the best could be ahead.

"There were a lot of good golfers that had tough days today," Durham said. "I think I'm in a good spot heading to the front. In my opinion it's an easier nine. I'd like to try to get even on that side, maybe 1-over, and get that out of the way and start a new one."

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