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SOUTH BEND – A turnaround in three strokes on the 18th at Erskine Parkth Hole Monday left Nika Burdova and Delaney Wade tied for the first round in the 97th South Bend Women’s Metro Open.

Burdova, a graduate of the Indiana University women’s team from the Czech Republic, and Wade, a recent Penn High School graduate and now headed to Wofford College, shot rounds of 69 (one under par) to go into Tuesday’s second round at Elbel Park with a five-stroke lead over 24-time Women’s Metro champion Lori Horan.

Dominka Burdova prepares her putt on the 11th green during the first round of the 97th Greater South Bend Women's Metro Golf Tournament on Monday, July 8, 2024, at Erskine Park Golf Course in South Bend.Dominka Burdova prepares her putt on the 11th green during the first round of the 97th Greater South Bend Women's Metro Golf Tournament on Monday, July 8, 2024, at Erskine Park Golf Course in South Bend.

Dominka Burdova prepares her putt on the 11th green during the first round of the 97th Greater South Bend Women’s Metro Golf Tournament on Monday, July 8, 2024, at Erskine Park Golf Course in South Bend.

Burdova, 23, who plans to turn pro in the summer, started with four birdies on a frontside shot of three under par and at one point had a four-stroke lead over 18-year-old Wade, a four-time sectional champion and all-state player for the Kingsmen. But Burdova played her final five holes at three under par and made a double on the 18th. Wade caught her by playing the final five holes at one under par and making birdies on holes 16 and 18.

Horan, who won her first Women’s Metro title in 1979 as a 16-year-old college student at the South Bend Clay Court, was nine shots behind Burdova with a frontside score of six over par 41. But Horan, the defending champion, caught up and scored four birdies in a backside score of 33 to win.

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Former New Prairie standout Jaiden Winters, a 19-year-old sophomore at Hope College, was alone in fourth place with a five-over-par score of 75. Last year’s runner-up, 20-year-old Selah Unwin, a third-year student at Bethel College, was tied for fifth with recent Penn graduate Jill Daniels and Kathleen Cochrane with a 79.

97th SOUTH BEND WOMEN’S METRO OPEN

Results from Monday’s first round at the 4,653 yard Erskine Park Golf Course (par 70) and tee times for Tuesday’s second round at Elbel Park Golf:

69 (-1): Nika Burdova 32-37, Delaney Wade 36-33

74 (+4): Lori Horan 41-33.

75 (+5): Jaiden Winters 36-39.

79 (+9): Selah Unwin 45-34, Kathleen Cochrane 37-42, Jill Daniels 36-43

81 (+11): Rachel Thompson 38-43

84 (+14): Carolyn Niedbalski 39-45

85 (+15): Tamara Finn 43-42

89 (+19): Susan Sumrall 44-45

97 (+27): Deb Coombs 45-52

99 (+29): Janet Freda 41-58

100 (+30): Debbie Stout 45-55

102 (+32): Tammy Beiter 47-55

107 (+37): Krystle Skelton 52-55

Tee times on Tuesday

8 a.m.: Krystle Skelton, Tammy Beiter

8:10 a.m.: Debbi Stout, Janet Freda

8:20: Susan Sumrall, Deb Coombs, Tamara Finn

8:30: Rachel Thompson, Kathleen Cochrane, Carolyn Niedbalski

8:40: Jill Daniels, Selah Unwin, Jaiden Winters

8:50: Delaney Wade, Lori Horan, Nika Burdova

9 a.m.: Celia Florkowski, Paige Sweikar

This article originally appeared in the South Bend Tribune: Opening day of the South Bend Metro Women’s Golf Tournament