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EUREKA, Mo. (AP) _ Laura Shanahan and Anna Schultz led their semifinal matches Wednesday when darkness forced the suspension of play in the U.S. Women's Mid-Amateur Championship.

Shanahan, 42, of Bedford, N.H., led Sherry Herman, 43, of Marlboro, N.J., 1-up after 14 holes on the Fox Run course.

Schultz, 46, of Richardson, Texas, had a 3-up lead over Mina Hardin, 41, of Forth Worth, Texas, after 13 holes. Schultz finished second last year in the tournament for players 25 and older.

The start of the semifinals was delayed nearly two hours because of rain. The matches are scheduled to resume Thursday morning, with the winners playing the final in the afternoon.

In the quarterfinals, Shanahan beat Taffy Brower of Boynton Beach, Fla., 3 and 2; Herman edged Corey Weworski of Carlsbad, Calif., 2 and 1; Schultz defeated Jane Fitzgerald of Kensington, Md., 3 and 2; and Hardin beat Claudia Pilot of Austin, Minn., 1-up.