PINEHURST, N.C. - Former Tar Heel golfer Catherine O'Donnell carded an 8-over-par 78 in the first round of the 69th U.S. Women's Open being played at Pinehurst Resort and Country Club's Course No. 2, a par-70, 6,296-yard layout. O'Donnell carded one birdie, six bogeys and one triple bogey in Thursday's first round.
O'Donnell currently sits in a tie for 111th place. However, first round play was suspended at 7:55 p.m. and will resume at 6:45 Friday morning. Stacy Lewis is currently the first-round leader at 2-under 67 while Michelle Wie is one stroke back in second place at 2-under 68. O'Donnell is scheduled to tee off the first tee at 12:52 p.m. in Friday's second round. Once again, she will be paired with former Colorado golfer Jessica Wallace and Lucy Li, who at age 11 is the youngest qualifier in U.S. Women's Open history.
O'Donnell, who played for the Tar Heels 2009-12, qualified for this year's U.S. Women's Open by finishing atop the leaderboard at the sectional qualifier at Rumson Country Club in Rumson, N.J. In the qualifier, O'Donnell fired a 2-over-par 144 with rounds of 2-under 69 and 4-over 75.
O'Donnell, from Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla., was a four-time All-ACC performer and an All-America performer at Carolina. She won three collegiate tournaments and won a 2013 SunCoast Ladies Tour event. This is her second year playing on the Symetra Tour.