Lexi Harkins of Crystal Lake, Ill., took a five-shot lead heading into the final round of the 25th Michigan Women’s Open Championship Wednesday at Crystal Mountain Resort.
The recent University of Wisconsin graduate shot a 7-under 65 on the Mountain Ridge course Tuesday to check in at 11-under 133 through two rounds of the 54-hole championship.
“I’m really happy about it, and excited,” said Harkins, 22, appearing in only her second professional tournament. “I mean, this is what we always dream of doing. I didn’t necessarily see this coming, but I played well yesterday and I felt good today so I just kept it going.”
Recent Michigan State graduate Sarah Burnham, likewise a new professional and winner of the recent Connecticut Women’s Open, shot a second consecutive 69 for 6-under and a tie for second with 70-shooting Marissa Chow, a Symetra Tour player from Honolulu who finished second at the event a year ago.
First-round leader Liz Nagel of DeWitt, a Symetra Tour player, shot 72 for 139, six shots back, and was the low player from the state in fourth place.
Laura Kueny, the 2011 champion from Whitehall, also shot 72 and was at 140, seven shots off the lead.
The 36-hole cut fell at 13-over 157 and 71 players moved on to the final round in the $40,000, 54-hole championship.
The winner, if a professional, will take home a check of $6,000 in the tournament sponsored by Crystal Mountain and Coke. The final group will tee off at 9:39 a.m. Wednesday. The event is open to the public.