Brooke Henderson Leads LPGA Portland Classic

Brooke Henderson (File Photo: Scott MacLeod, FlagstickGolfPhotography.com)
Brooke Henderson leads the LPGA Cambia Portland Classic after 36 holes (Photo: Scott MacLeod, FlagstickGolfPhotography.com)
Brooke Henderson leads the LPGA Cambia Portland Classic after 36 holes (Photo: Scott MacLeod, FlagstickGolfPhotography.com)

17 year-old Brooke Henderson open qualified to get into the field of this week’s LPGA event, the Cambia Portland Classic, and now she’s making the most of it.

On Friday the Smiths Falls, Ontario golfer and Symetra Tour member added a second round 67 to her opening 66 to reach 11 under par.  He three birdie flourish in the last four holes of the round pushed her into the lead by a single stroke over Caroline Masson.

Through 36 holes Brooke has played near flawless golf with just a single bogey made and twelve birdies to her credit.

She did struggle to hit only 8 fairways in the second round compared to the near perfect 13 she found in round one but her recovery abilities kept her in play and once again she found 14 greens in regulation.

“I gave myself a lot of great opportunities and just rubbed some edges, but I was happy with one‑under because it was raining and there was a couple other different conditions than yesterday,” Henderson commented to the media after her round. “But then the back nine, especially the last couple holes, I made a lot of birdies and really started to make my climb, which was exciting, and it’s nice to finish with a birdie.”

No stranger to tournament wins with but trying to be just the third golfer under the age of 18 to win on the LPGA, Brooke says she is fairly comfortable with her position.

“I’ve been in it once or twice earlier in the year, and I think I learned a lot that weekend just about myself and how I face pressure and how I just enjoy the final groups. I’m excited to be in the final group, or close to it, and hopefully Sunday and Saturday I can get some good, solid rounds together.”

Brooke’s fellow Canadian, Alena Sharp, is just four strokes off the lead. Her rounds of 67 and 70 have her in a share of 9th.

Other Canadians Jennifer Kirby, Sue Kim, and Brittany Henderson all missed the cut.

Rebecca Lee-Bentham withdrew earlier this week due to injury.

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