Augusta James Shares Lead in Albany

Augusta James of Bath, Ontario (Photo: Symetra Tour)

– 6 Canadians In Top 11-

Augusta James shares the lead at the Fucillo Kia Championship at Capital Hills (Photo: Symetra Tour)
Augusta James shares the lead at the Fucillo Kia Championship at Capital Hills (Photo: Symetra Tour)

ALBANY, N.Y., – Currently sitting at 9th place in the Symetra Tour’s Volvik Race To The Card, one very big finish may just vault the former Canadian National Team Member Augusta James on to the LPGA Tour for 2016.

The 22 year-old Bath, Ontario golfer is pushing herself to get the job done well before the Race comes down to the last few events of the season and the top 10 players earn privileges on the “big tour”.

Friday was a start in the right direction as she shot 65 (-6) to take a share of the lead at the Fuccillo Kia Championship at Capital Hills along with Breanna Elliott of Australia.

It was a perfect door for scoring, weather wise, and the leaders took advantage of it.

Augusta rolled through her first 15 holes, making seven birdies in the process.  She had just one scar on her card, a bogey on the 17th hole.

“I was hitting the ball really well today and hitting it very close and that made things a lot easier,” said James, who won the Chico’s Patty Berg Memorial earlier this year. “This round sets me up for the weekend well.”

A lot of eyes were on Augusta and her pairing as she was playing alongside a familiar face, Brooke Henderson of Smiths Falls, who has been making quite a run on the LPGA Tour of late as a non-member.  Henderson could not keep pace with James and shot 70 (-1) after starting with birdies on her first two holes.

Former Quebec Amateur Champion Maude-Aimee Leblanc is just back of Augusta James after round one in share of 3rd.  Leblanc, who is also in the top ten money leaders at #8, switched up putters recently and gave it credit to a recent resurgence in play.

“My new putter is a Taylormade Ghost with a bigger grip,” said Leblanc. “At first, I wasn’t interested in trying it, but I knew I had to change something because my putting was horrible and I tried it and it is working really well.”

Leblanc first used the new putter last week at the Toyota Danielle Downey Classic and finished in a tie for 3rd. 

Canadians Sue Kim (Langley, B.C.) and Anne-Catherine Tanguay (Quebec City) each shot 68 (-3) on round one and share 7th.

Brittany Henderson of Smiths Falls, Ontario and Nicole Zhang of Calgary sit at -2 and share 11th.

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Round 1 FULL LEADERBOARD

Pos Start Player ToPar Thru Today R1 R2 R3 Total
T1 T1 aus ELLIOTT, Breanna -6 1:04 PM 65 65
T1 T1 can JAMES, Augusta 9 -6 8:36 AM* 65 65
T3 T3 usa COLLIER, Hannah -5 1:48 PM 66 66
T3 T3 can LEBLANC, Maude-Aimee 8 -5 1:15 PM* 66 66
T5 T5 usa GRICE, Casey 11 -4 8:47 AM* 67 67
T5 T5 usa TUBERT, Emily -4 8:14 AM 67 67
T7 T7 can TANGUAY, Anne-Catherine -3 1* E 68 68
T7 T7 can KIM, Sue 21 -3 1:15 PM 68 68
T7 T7 usa WELCH, Kim -3 9:20 AM* 68 68
T7 T7 usa BRITT, Jordan -3 8:03 AM* 68 68
T11 T11 kor KIM, Hye-Min -2 1:26 PM 69 69
T11 T11 phl PICCIO, Mia -2 1:26 PM 69 69
T11 T11 usa SEPMOREE, Katelyn -2 12:42 PM 69 69
T11 T11 usa LEE, Jennie -2 12:31 PM* 69 69
T11 T11 usa DOUGHTIE, Lauren -2 9:20 AM 69 69
T11 T11 fra PUYO, Fiona -2 9:20 AM* 69 69
T11 T11 usa STEVENS, Sammi -2 9:09 AM 69 69
T11 T11 can ZHANG, Nicole -2 9:09 AM 69 69
T11 T11 can HENDERSON, Brittany -2 8:58 AM 69 69
T11 T11 usa DUNCAN, Lindy 13 -2 8:25 AM* 69 69
T11 T11 usa GAHM, Lindsay -2 8:03 AM 69 69
T22 T22 fra CARNET, Anaelle -1 1* E 70 70
T22 T22 aut PINEGGER, Carolin -1 2:10 PM* 70 70
T22 T22 tha JAO-JAVANIL, Chirapat -1 1:59 PM 70 70
T22 T22 usa KIM, Kimberly -1 1:48 PM 70 70
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T22 T22 can GLEADALL, Natalie -1 1:37 PM* 70 70
T22 T22 usa DO, Brianna 10 -1 1:26 PM* 70 70
T22 T22 usa HURST, Vicky -1 1:15 PM* 70 70
T22 T22 mex LLANEZA, Alejandra 3 -1 1:04 PM* 70 70
T22 T22 can BUZMINSKI, Angela -1 12:53 PM* 70 70
T22 T22 usa MEIER, Amy -1 12:53 PM 70 70
T22 T22 swe ROTH, Julia -1 12:42 PM* 70 70
T22 T22 usa RAMSEY, Ashlan -1 12:31 PM 70 70
T22 T22 usa TANG, Jessy -1 12:20 PM 70 70
T22 T22 phl ARDINA, Dottie 20 -1 8:47 AM 70 70
T22 T22 can WALLACE, Jessica -1 8:47 AM* 70 70
T22 T22 can HENDERSON, Brooke -1 8:36 AM* 70 70
T22 T22 usa JANDEL, Emma -1 8:36 AM 70 70
T22 T22 ita MOLINARO, Giulia 1 -1 8:25 AM 70 70
T22 T22 usa O’DONNELL, Catherine -1 8:25 AM* 70 70
T22 T22 usa TALLEY, Emily -1 8:25 AM 70 70
T42 T62 usa JENQ, Jenni E 2 -1 72 72
T42 T42 lva PUISITE, Krista E 2:21 PM* 71 71
T42 T42 usa SILVERS, Carleigh E 1:48 PM 71 71
T42 T42 usa IACOBELLI, Daniela 2 E 1:37 PM* 71 71
T42 T42 kor KIM, Mindy E 1:37 PM 71 71
T42 T42 usa LOPEZ, Lee 5 E 1:37 PM 71 71
T42 T42 usa CHOI, Marina E 1:26 PM* 71 71
T42 T42 chn MORITA-WANYAOLU, Haruka 4 E 1:15 PM 71 71
T42 T42 usa PARK, Annie 17 E 1:04 PM* 71 71
T42 T42 kor YANG, Jennifer E 1:04 PM 71 71
T42 T42 usa KNOLL, Ashley E 12:53 PM 71 71
T42 T42 usa PURYEAR, Mackenzie E 12:53 PM* 71 71
T42 T42 can VANDERMADE, Nicole E 12:53 PM 71 71
T42 T42 ven FELIBERT, Veronica E 12:42 PM* 71 71
T42 T42 mex RAMOS, Margarita E 12:42 PM 71 71
T42 T42 usa TAIT, Ashley E 8:47 AM 71 71
T42 T42 usa AGNEW, Lacey E 8:25 AM 71 71
T42 T42 bel GONZALEZ ESCALLON, Laura 22 E 8:25 AM* 71 71
T42 T42 nzl CHENG, Liv E 8:14 AM 71 71
T42 T42 mys CHUA, Jean E 8:03 AM 71 71
T42 T42 usa PERRY, Katherine E 8:03 AM 71 71
T63 T62 jey JORDAN-HIGGINS, Olivia +1 2* E 72 72
T63 T62 usa HAMILTON, Britney +1 2:21 PM 72 72
T63 T62 usa SHIN, Michelle +1 2:10 PM 72 72
T63 T62 usa RUENGMATEEKHUN, Amy +1 1:59 PM 72 72
T63 T62 bol BENAVIDES, Susy +1 1:48 PM* 72 72
T63 T62 usa ITALIA, Haley 25 +1 1:37 PM* 72 72
T63 T62 usa PIYAPATTRA, Michelle +1 1:26 PM 72 72
T63 T62 usa ALTOMARE, Brittany +1 1:15 PM* 72 72
T63 T62 usa KUENY, Laura +1 9:31 AM* 72 72
T63 T62 usa YOST, Kaylin +1 9:20 AM 72 72
T63 T62 usa NA, Grace +1 8:58 AM 72 72
T63 T62 usa FISH, Shannon +1 8:36 AM* 72 72
T63 T62 swe HOLMQVIST, Dani 14 +1 8:14 AM* 72 72
T63 T62 ita CAVALLERI, Silvia +1 7:52 AM 72 72
T63 T62 usa STANFORD, Tracy +1 7:52 AM 72 72
Projected Cut Line: Top 70 and ties will make the cut.
T78 T79 usa FERRELL, Allyssa +2 1* E 73 73
T78 T79 usa GREHAN, Megan +2 1 E 73 73
T78 T62 usa MACHADO, Kate +2 1 +1 72 72
T78 T79 usa HENDERSON, Selanee +2 12:53 PM* 73 73
T78 T79 usa HOWARD, Ginger +2 12:31 PM* 73 73
T78 T79 usa WRIGHT, Kendall +2 9:09 AM* 73 73
T78 T79 usa SHEARY, Natalie +2 8:58 AM 73 73
T78 T79 tha GULYANAMITTA, Numa +2 8:03 AM* 73 73
T86 T88 usa KONO, Stephanie +3 2 E 74 74
T86 T79 usa CASI, Alexandra +3 1* +1 73 73
T86 T79 usa WERWIE, Carly +3 1 +1 73 73
T86 T88 usa ARONSSON, Molly +3 2:10 PM* 74 74
T86 T88 usa BENVENUTO, Brittany 18 +3 1:37 PM 74 74
T86 T88 aus DE GROOT, Emma +3 1:15 PM 74 74
T86 T88 usa NARZISI, Mary +3 1:04 PM 74 74
T86 T88 usa JACOBSEN, Alexandria +3 12:20 PM* 74 74
T86 T88 ind NAIR, Rhea +3 9:31 AM* 74 74
T86 T88 usa LACROSSE, Cindy +3 9:09 AM 74 74
T86 T88 mex ALVAREZ, Lili +3 8:58 AM* 74 74
T86 T88 usa ROHANNA, Rachel 6 +3 8:47 AM 74 74
T86 T88 can JUNEAU, Sara-Maude +3 8:14 AM* 74 74
T86 T88 usa SKIDMORE, Renee +3 7:52 AM* 74 74
T100 T101 usa SIMANTON, Amy +4 2:21 PM* 75 75
T100 T101 can MABANTA, Melissa +4 2:10 PM 75 75
T100 T101 kaz JAXALIYEVA, Jamila +4 1:59 PM* 75 75
T100 T101 usa POPSON, Erica +4 1:59 PM* 75 75
T100 T101 can RICHDALE, Samantha 15 +4 1:04 PM* 75 75
T100 T101 usa CASHMAN-MCSWEEN, Colleen +4 12:42 PM 75 75
T100 T101 ind SINHA, Kishi +4 12:31 PM 75 75
T100 T101 usa WHITE, Jessi +4 12:31 PM 75 75
T100 T101 can DREHER, Kirby +4 12:20 PM 75 75
T100 T101 usa MCCHRYSTAL, Megan +4 9:20 AM* 75 75
T100 T101 usa ROSEN, Portland +4 8:58 AM* 75 75
T100 T101 kor CHUN, Jacey +4 8:36 AM 75 75
T100 T101 usa KEMPTER, Katie 16 +4 8:36 AM 75 75
T100 T101 usa YADA, Britney +4 8:14 AM 75 75
T114 T88 usa POWERS, Caroline +5 2* +2 74 74
T114 T115 usa BRUMBAUGH, Jennifer +5 2:21 PM 76 76
T114 T115 arg TANCO, Victoria +5 1:48 PM* 76 76
T114 T115 usa BAKER, Brooke +5 12:20 PM* 76 76
T114 T115 aus BOLAND, Julia +5 9:20 AM 76 76
T114 T115 lva JANSONE, Laura +5 9:09 AM* 76 76
T114 T115 usa GULUGIAN, Ani 24 +5 8:47 AM* 76 76
T114 T115 usa SHEILS, Madeleine 12 +5 8:14 AM* 76 76
T122 T122 usa SNYDER, Amanda +6 2:21 PM* 77 77
T122 T122 zaf VAN-NIEKERK, Ulrika +6 2:10 PM 77 77
T122 T122 srb SAVICH, Milena +6 9:31 AM* 77 77
T122 T122 usa VOSTERS, Christina +6 8:58 AM* 77 77
T122 T122 usa COX, Sydney +6 8:03 AM* 77 77
T122 T122 usa TAVEE, Tiffany +6 7:52 AM 77 77
T128 T129 usa RODRIGUEZ, Brandi +7 2:21 PM 78 78
T128 T129 esp SERRAMIA, Elisa +7 12:31 PM* 78 78
T128 T129 usa KIM, Alice H. +7 12:20 PM 78 78
T131 T132 hkg LIAO, Ki-Shui +8 1:59 PM 79 79
T131 T132 can SCHMIDT, Taylor +8 1:48 PM* 79 79
T131 T132 usa SHUTLER, Julie +8 12:42 PM* 79 79
134 135 usa *BRAMAN, Madison (a) +9 9:09 AM* 80 80
135 136 usa ALEXANDER, Jessica +10 2:10 PM* 81 81
136 137 usa LLOYD-JONES, Felicity +11 1:59 PM* 82 82
WD usa SONG, Christine +6 77 77