Rain cancels Saturday's NCAA play for UM, MSU golf

Detroit News staff and wire services

Sugar Grove, Ill. — Rain washed out play in the NCAA women’s golf tournament Saturday at Rich Harvest Farms, forcing officials to cut the stroke-play competition to 54 holes.

“With the severe weather threats that we monitored throughout Saturday morning, our committee came to the determination that, given the conditions, canceling Saturday’s round was needed to maintain the overall student-athlete experience and the integrity of the championships,” NCAA Division I Women’s Golf Committee chair Jim Fee said.

Northwestern leads the field with a 13-over 301, two strokes ahead of Kent State.

Michigan is tied for ninth place with a 315 total with USC and Purdue following Friday's opening round. Michigan State is close behind and tied with Texas for 13th place with a 317.

Michigan sophomore Elodie Van Dievoet is tied atop the individual leaderboard with Purdue's Kim August after firing an even-par 72. Freshman Allyson Geer led the Spartans with a 4-over 76.

With the elimination of Saturday's round, the 24-team field will not have a first cut and will play through Monday with the top eight teams moving on to matches on Tuesday and Wednesday. The individual champion will be determined following the 54 holes of stroke play on Monday.

Play will resume Sunday beginning at 7:30 a.m.