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Bowie Young, Cavalleri lead wet, shortened LPGA event

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Conditions created some unusual circumstances at the Pure Silk-Bahamas LPGA Classic on Friday, as Heather Bowie Young and Silvia Cavalleri each shot 6-under-par 39 on the shortened 12-hole opening round to share the lead in Atlantic, Paradise Island, Bahamas.

After heavy rains earlier in the week on the Ocean Course forced the cancellation of Thursday's first round of this inaugural event, the LPGA decided that, with many holes under water, the opening round on Friday would be limited to 12 holes,

Two of the holes that remained in use had to be converted into par 3s because bunkers had been virtually destroyed.

But weather failed to cooperate on Friday, as thunder storms interrupted play for about three hours, and not everyone in the field was able to complete 12 holes.

. An LPGA tournament must complete 36 holes to be official, and tournament officials are still hoping that can be accomplished by playing three, 12-hole rounds. There will be no cut this week, but the top 70 players and ties will earn official money, provided 36 holes are completed.

Mariojo Uribe technically is tied with Bowie Young and Cavalleri atop the leaderboard, at 6-under, but Uribe completed just six holes on Friday. Uribe was one of 27 players who failed to complete the 12 holes Friday.

Those 27 players will return at 8 a.m. on Saturday morning to complete first-round play, with second-round play beginning simultaneously.

Crews will continue to work on clearing water from the course into the night on Friday.

"Well, it's just Mother Nature, and as a golfer you grow up with this," Bowie Young said. "You know you just go when you can, and they're making the absolute best of the situation. I'm really glad we're playing golf. The holes we've played were in very good shape, like I didn't hardly have any mud on my ball, so they've gotten the course in tremendously good shape."

Cavalleri had no notion how should would fare in the unusual 12-hole setup.

"No. I mean it's first time for me, I think for a lot of other players," she said. "So we just go out and we are professionals, so we just play how many holes they tell us to play."

Four players who completed 12 holes are one stroke back at 5-under - Austin Ernst, Paolo Moreno, Anna Nordqvist and Lisa McCloskey.

Eleven players are tied at 4-under, including Maude Aimee Leblanc, who finished only nine holes on Friday, but scored a hole-in-one on the par-3 12th hole,

. Inbee Park and Stacy Lewis, Nos. 1 and 2 in the women's world ranking, struggled a bit. Park finished 12 holes with a 1-over 46, and Lewis had a 1-under 44.
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