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First round of Four Winds Invitational complete after weather delay

SOUTH BEND, Ind. - Once again, the pros have officially taken over Blackthorn Golf Club.

The opening round of the Four Winds Invitational is underway with the opening round taking place Friday. Though there were some weather issues to deal with, every group was able to complete their first round.

Americans Diana Finkelstein and Samantha Wagner lead at six-under heading into Saturday's second round.

Before rain caused more than two hours of delay, Belgian Leslie Cloots led the field. After shooting a double-bogey on her first hole after the delay, Cloots bounced back to finish at five under par.

“I’m feeling good," Cloots said after finishing her round. "I feel comfortable in this position, so I feel this is where I should be. I’m just going to keep doing my thing, keeping to my routine, and having fun.”

After the first round, Cloots is joined at five-under par by Pavarisa Yoktuan and Louise Stahle to round out the top five.

“I'm just happy with my play," Stahle said. "I putted well and hit 14 fairways [off the tee], so just keep doing what I’m doing.”

Stahle also said she has used some of her off time this week to tour the campus of Notre Dame.

"I went to the campus, and I'm a big fan of Notre Dame. Rudy is one of my favorite movies. I know everything there is to know about it. I'm just a sports fan. I think it's the best story, and it's the prestigious university and history here, so I'm a fan."

Notre Dame alumna Becca Huffer finished her round at one over par.

Chesterton native Kelly Grassell finished the day at two-under, tied with the 13-year-old amateur sensation Alexa Pano.


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