Washington's Ying Luo shot a 2-over-par 74 Wednesday in the second round of the NCAA women's golf championships and is tied for 28th at...

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ATHENS, Ga. — Washington’s Ying Luo shot a 2-over-par 74 Wednesday in the second round of the NCAA women’s golf championships and is tied for 28th at the midway point of the four-day tournament.

Annie Park shot a 5-under 67 and USC had a record-setting 12-under 276 total to open a 12-stroke lead at the University of Georgia Golf Course.

Luo, a walk-on freshman from China, made all pars on the front nine and remained even until a bogey on No. 11. She also had bogeys on Nos. 14 and 16 before a weather system hit the golf course and forced the competitors to the clubhouse.

After a two-hour delay, Luo returned to the 17th fairway where she left her ball and calmly stroked a 65-yard wedge shot to within inches of the hole. She converted her birdie and finished with a bogey.

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“That was huge,” UW coach Mary Lou Mulflur said of Luo’s approach shot on 17.

“Her ball-striking has been good all week. Her putts are just not falling, but she is more than holding her own.”

Luo has a two-day total of 2-over 146.

Top-ranked Stephanie Meadow of Alabama leads the tournament and is 8 under through 36 holes of play.

“Today was really solid for me,” said Meadow, a junior from Northern Ireland. “I was 5 under through 10 and, even though I didn’t make much on the back nine, it was all around a really good day. The course played pretty similarly again today, but the heat is just the biggest difference. It’s a lot easier to stay hydrated and not be as tired today, and I definitely felt better in today’s round than I did yesterday.”


• Auburn’s Frank Nelson Sr., an NHRA drag racing legend, died May 11. He was 75.

Nelson grew up in Alger, and went to Burlington-Edison High School. He served in the United States Air Force from 1956-1959.

He retired from the Northern Pacific/Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railroad after 45 years of service.

He was best known as a NHRA Northwest Hall of Fame drag-racing legend, where he has raced locally and nationally for the past 50-plus years. In 2003, the City of Auburn presented Nelson with the Local Legend Award.

A Celebration of Life will be held in his honor on June 8 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Auburn Eagles, 702 M Street in Auburn.

• Seattle University senior shortstop Nate Roberts earned first-team All-Western Athletic Conference honors. Roberts led the Redhawks with 61 hits, 17 doubles, five home runs, 45 runs batted in and 95 total bases.

From team reports and other sources.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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