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McCurdy leads Lady'Backs on second day
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        NORMAL, Ill. - Sophomore Amanda McCurdy fired a second round 75 vaulting into a tie for 10th place at the 2004 NCAA Central Regional Championship in Normal, Ill., Friday.
        McCurdy, along with the rest of the Lady Razorbacks, struggled on the first nine playing to a five-over 41 with five bogies before the turn.
        But the El Dorado, Ark., native rebounded with two birdies on the next three holes carding a one-under 34 to finish with plus-four 75 for the day. That, teamed with Thursday's 76 is good to tie her for 10th overall.
        "Golf is a character-building sport," said Arkansas head coach Kelley Hester. "Today we showed a lot of character. Conditions were tough and we really struggled in the beginning. We didn't quit and even had some rallies when we could have just hung our heads. Tomorrow's another day and we want to go back out and see what we can do."
        Yesterday's friendly front nine reared up and bit the Lady'Backs' hand today as the team fell to 17th-place overall. Arkansas was in the second flight Friday after tee times were flipped from the previous day. The Lady'Backs and the rest of the 24-team field, endured a 70-minute weather delay this morning. Then, slow play in the morning forced further delays for the Lady Razorbacks who did not tee off until after 2:00 p.m.
        Once they got started, Arkansas battled stiff winds playing to 27-over through the first nine holes. The Lady'Backs were plus-17 to open play yesterday on holes nine through 18 but picked up just seven more strokes on the front nine.
        Sophomore Courtney Mahon is next for Arkansas tied for 58th overall with a 159 (77-82). Senior Melissa Murray carded a second round 83 for a 161 (78-83), followed by junior Sarah Trew's 85 good for a 162 (77-85) and a tie for 78th place. Hot Springs, Ark., native Gena Johnson posted an 87 Friday with no score for Thursday's play.
        Fifth-ranked Vanderbilt is tied with No. 21 Michigan State to lead the field at 605. Number 38 Baylor is third with a 609 followed by No. 8 Southern California with a 611. Number 10 Arizona rounds out the top 10 with 612. Number 40 Purdue is in sixth with a 614 followed by a three-way tie for seventh between No. 6 New Mexico, No. 49 Southern Methodist and No. 43 Northwestern with two-day 618's.
        Play concludes Saturday at the University Golf Course with the top eight teams advancing to the 2004 NCAA Championship in Auburn, Ala., May 18-21. For more information log on to

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