Courtney Wood of Brentwood, Tenn., was declared the winner of the Children's Hospital Golf Classic yesterday after the tournament was shortened to 36 holes because of inclement weather. The event at Cross Creek Golf Club in Beltsville was scheduled for 54 holes.
Wood, a 22-year-old rookie on the Futures Tour -- the LPGA's developmental tour -- earned $9,800 with the victory. Allison Hanna of Portland, Ore., finished second.
"I'm really happy," Wood said. "The emotions aren't quite as much there as they would be if it would have been me making a putt on the last hole today to win. I'm definitely not going to complain. I'm very fortunate. . . . I birdied two of my last three holes. It just goes to show that every hole counts."
Wood shot 67-69 -- 136 (4 under par) on the 6,356-yard course to lead by one stroke over Hanna coming into the final round. Kyeong Bae of Seoul and Emily Bastel of Upper Sandusky, Ohio, were two strokes back.
A morning thunderstorm delayed the leaders' start by nearly two hours. After finally teeing off, the group made it through five holes before another thunderstorm halted play around 3 p.m. The storm eventually moved through the area, but left too much water behind. Tournament officials declared the course unplayable and canceled play at 5:20.
Because of the course conditions, the threat of more storms and the fact that most of the field -- 72 players -- had yet to complete the round, officials decided to cut the tournament short rather than play today.
Yesterday marked the second time this year the Futures Tour has shortened a tournament because of weather. The June 11-13 event in Lima, Ohio, also was 36 holes.
Local golfers Jessica Lewis of Bethesda and Rachel Malenich of Alexandria did not make Saturday's cut and therefore did not play yesterday.