Maryland leads suspended Women's State Team Championship
Savannah, GA (Sports Network) - Elyse Smidinger shot a four-under 68 on Tuesday to help Maryland shoot a one-under 143 at the Women's State Team Championship.
Smidinger was part of a Maryland team comprised of Smidinger, Andrea Kraus and Lisa Schlesinger. Each state has three players, and the top two are used to determine the team's score for the round.
Schlesinger was the second score used at three-over 75, hence the team's total score of one-under.
Play was suspended due to darkness with three teams still on the course. Connecticut is the highest-ranked team that has yet to finish, at eight-under with one of its players having completed her round.
Texas is currently in second at two-over 146, with Anna Schultz (72) and Robin Burke (74) making up its score. South Carolina, with Dawn Woodard (73) and Lea Venable (76), is tied for third with Tennessee -- Calle Nielson (69), Jennifer Lucas (80) -- at five-over 149.
Smidinger shot the best round of the day and had an incredible run of eight straight birdies in the middle of the round.
She began the day poorly with two bogeys in the first three holes, but she began her amazing run at the fifth with a birdie at the par-three hole. By the time she birdied the par-three 12th, she was at six-under for the round.
Smidinger fell back to earth a bit with three bogeys in the next five holes, but a birdie at the last clinched her the best round of the day at minus-four.
Defending champion Georgia is tied with Hawaii in fifth at nine-over. Georgia is the only state in the eight years of this competition to win twice, having also won in 2005.
10/04 19:50:14 ET