USC has 7-stroke lead on Alabama

5/20/2010 - Golf

WILMINGTON, N.C. -- Southern California remained the leader in the NCAA women's golf championships after the end of the rain-delayed second round on Thursday.

The round was delayed by lightning and rain Wednesday, and 27 golfers had to finish second-round play Thursday morning.

The top six teams and top eight individuals remained the same.

USC, at an even-par 288, has a seven-shot lead over Alabama and an eight-shot lead over Purdue. Arizona State's Jennifer Johnson leads the individual competition at 7-under-par 137. She is one shot ahead of Southern Cal's Jennifer Song. Four golfers are three shots back, including first-round co-leader Maude-Aimee LeBlanc of Purdue.

The third round begins later Thursday, and the top teams in the standings tee off at 1:45 p.m. ET.

USC is trying for its third NCAA title.

The Pac-10 is dominating the competition. Six teams from the conference are in the field, and four are in the top six in the standings. Arizona, in sixth place, shot the only under-par round Wednesday with a 2-under 286.

The 72-hole tournament at the 6,368-yard Pete Dye course is scheduled to end Friday.