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Cindy Mackey and Colleen Walker had to wait until today to learn w

August 18, 1986

ELMSFORD, N.Y. (AP) _ Cindy Mackey and Colleen Walker had to wait until today to learn who will win her first title ever on the LPGA tour.

The 25-year-old Mackey held a 2-shot lead over Walker when thunderstorms and heavy rain caused the $200,000 MasterCard tournament to be suspended Sunday after 63 holes at the Knollwood Country Club.

The tournament, which offers a top prize of $30,000, was suspended after two delays. The first one, which came after one group of women teed off Sunday morning, lasted 3 1/2 hours, while the second, in the late afternoon, was 90 minutes.

Mackey, the 1982 Canadian Amateur titlist who turned pro the following year, shot 1-under par 36 for the 6,028-yard course on the front nine Sunday for an 11-under-par 242 total.

Walker, a Florida State graduate who started the final round four shots off the pace, registered a 3-under 34 for a 244 total.

″This is the first time I’ve ever led a tournament going into the final round,″ said Mackey, who moved past Walker on Saturday after shooting a career-low 65. ″It’s also the first time I’ve ever encountered a postponement.

″I’m tired even though I’m playing well. The delay has effected my momentum.″

Walker, who celebrated her 30th birthday Saturday, felt the opposite of her rival.

″I have no control over the weather,″ said Walker, who joined the tour in 1982 following a career at Florida State that saw her earn MVP honors in 1977-78. ″My momentum hasn’t been affected at all. I’m just going to play my game and go for it.″

No one in the field completed the final round. Muffin Devlin-Spencer, the defending champion, was one of five women in a tie for third place before the fourth round, but no one besides Walker was within a dozen strokes of the lead.

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