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SOUTH BEND – Nika Burdova had good reason to smile after the second round on Tuesday at the 97th Greater South Bend Metro Open Women’s Golf Championship.

“At least I did better than yesterday,” said the 23-year-old Indiana University golfer from the Czech Republic after making a birdie on the 284-yard par-4 18th hole at Elbel Park to complete an even-par round of 72 that puts her at one under par with 141 strokes and three shots ahead of Delaney Wade.

Burdova, a recent IU graduate who hopes to turn professional later this summer, made double bogey on 18 on hole at Elbel Park, and Wade, a recent graduate of Penn High School who is now on his way to Wofford College in South Carolina, secured a share of the first-round lead with a score of 69 (one under par).

Opening round: Burdova and Wade share the lead in the Women’s Metro with 69; Horan five strokes back

The photos from Monday: Opening round of the 97th Greater South Bend Women’s Metro Golf Tournament

On Tuesday at Elbel, Wade started with two bogeys and Burdova made a birdie on the 386-yard par-5 second hole to build a three-shot lead. Burdova, who never trailed, finished with three birdies to make up for three bogeys. Wade also made three birdies but could not make up for four bogeys and a double bogey in her three-shot-over 75 round.

Burdova and Wade are expected to play together in the final round on Thursday if the remnants of tropical depression Beryl do not render Erskine Park unplayable. They will be paired with last year’s runner-up Selah Unwin, a junior at Bethel College, who shot five strokes over par 77 on Tuesday and tied with defending champion Lori Horan, a 24-time winner of the tournament, for a 14-stroke over par 156. Horan shot 82 on Tuesday.


Results after the second round on Tuesday at the 4641 yard long Elbel Park Golf Course (par 72) (the first number is the result of the first round on Monday at the 4641 yard long Erskine Park Golf Course (par 70); the par for two rounds is 142):

141 (-1): Nika Burdova 69-72

144 (+2): Delaney Wade 69-75

156 (+14): Selah Unwin 79-77, Lori Horan 74-82

157 (+15): Kathleen Cochrane 79-78

158 (+16): Jill Daniels 79-79

159 (+17): Jaiden Winters 75-84

167 (+25): Rachel Thompson 81-86

177 (+35): Carolyn Niedbalski 84-93

181 (+39): Tamara Finn 85-96

187 (+45): Susan Sumrall 89-98

194 (+52): Deb Coombs 97-97

195 (+53): Krystle Skelton 107-88

196 (+54): Tammy Beiter 102-94

202 (+60): Debbie Stout 100-102

208 (+66): Janet Freda 99-109

Junior Division (36 holes)

96 (+24): Celia Florkowski

101 (+29): Paige Sweikar

Tee times on Thursday at Erskine Park

The scheduled tee times of the final round, weather permitting. Call the Pro Shop at Erskine Park at (574) 291-3216 to confirm.

8 a.m.: Debbie Stout (202), Janet Freda (208)

8:10: Krystle Skelton (195), Tammy Beiter (196)

8:20: Tamara Finn (181), Susan Sumrall (187), Deb Coombs (194)

8:30: Jaiden Winters (159), Rachel Thompson (167), Carolyn Niedbalski (177)

8:40: Lori Horan (156), Kathleen Cochran (157), Jill Daniels (158)

8:50: Nika Burdova (141), Delaney Wade (144), Selah Unwin (156)

9 a.m.: Celia Florkowski (96), Paige Sweikar (101)