The birdies came first. The lightning came next.
Stanford was on a roll before the second of two weather delays eventually suspended the opening round of the NCAA Championships at The Concession Golf Course on Friday in Bradenton, Fla.
Four Cardinal women's golfers were coming off birdies -- with a fifth looking at makeable birdie putt -- before the sirens indicated the day was over.
Through 11 holes, the Cardinal is 3-under to lead the field and will resume its first round Saturday morning before embarking on round two.
Mariah Stackhouse leads the medalist race at 4-under with a bogey-free 12 holes.
"We've got a lot of golf left, and some of these holes coming in are the most challenging," Stanford coach Anne Walker said. "It's a long week, and our challenge is to stay focused and adjust to the course conditions. If it was an 11-hole championship, I'd be doing cartwheels."
Defending champion Duke is second after completing its round at 5-over.
Stackhouse, a two-time All-American, had three birdies in the first five holes and tapped-in for birdie on the par-4 12th after a stretch of six straight pars.
Lauren Kim (+1) is tied for 13th and Florida native Shannon Aubert (E) is tied for eight. Casey Danielson's 6-over came with a triple bogey on the par-5 eighth, the lone setback in what has been an outstanding first round for the sophomore.
Quirine Eijkenboom birdied 14 to move to 11 before the suspension.
The event features 24 teams and 12 individual competitors dueling in 54 holes of stroke play.
Stanford's top two doubles teams are also now among the nation's top eight.
Moving into Saturday's quarterfinals round at NCAA Championships are the duos of Taylor Davidson and Carol Zhao and Caroline Doyle and Ellen Tsay. As a result, all four players have earned All-America honors.
Davidson and Zhao defeated North Carolina's Jamie Loeb and Caroline Price, 6-4, 4-6, 6-3, in the round of 16 on Friday while Doyle and Tsay outlasted California's Maegan Manasse and Denise Starr, 6-4, 1-6, 6-4.
Meanwhile, Zhao also remains alive in the singles draw, reaching the quarterfinals after cruising past California's Zsofi Susanyi, 6-2, 6-0. Through her first three matches, Zhao has surrendered only six games combined.
Friday's matchup between Stanford and host Washington State was postponed due to lightning.
The two teams will play a doubleheader Saturday, beginning at 1 p.m.
The first game will be aired on Pac-12 Networks. The second game is web streamed on WSUCougars.com.