As if she already wasn’t garnering enough headlines with her play over the last few years, 15 year-old Brooke Henderson stepped it up a notch on Friday. The Team Canada member ,who is coming off a made cut at the United States Women’s Open Championship, added a sparkling 66 to her total at the LPGA Manulife Financial Classic in Waterloo, Ontario.
The five under par score brings her 36-hole total to six under, putting her in a share of 24th place and making her the top Canadian in the field.
Scottish pro Catriona Matthew leads the tournament by three strokes at fifteen under par.
Unlike Thursday when she struggled on the greens, the flat stick was a little more cooperative for Henderson during her second round. This, despite and early mark on her card.
“Definitely got some putts rolling in today, which was definitely better,” Henderson offered in the media room when she was called in after her round “Started at one over through two, so I wasn’t too sure how the day was going to go, but I made a long putt on 3 and there was a lot of fans around so it definitely got the adrenaline going. And from there I was able to make some birdies and finished out 18 for birdie to finish out 6 under for the tournament.”
Relieved that she has made the cut for the second LPGA event in a row, Henderson stated that she now has some new goals for the weekend. “Just trying to lower that score, keep it in the red and see if we can maybe get to 10.”
The remarkably consistent Smiths Falls, Ontario resident (she has missed just four fairways over two rounds) will have a very interesting pairing for Saturday’s third round. The teen has drawn former teen sensation and long-hitting Michelle Wie.
The duo have a similar driving average for the week (around 265 yards) but Wie has been hitting mostly three woods off the tee. The two-time LPGA Tour winner had two eagles in her second round.
The pair will tee off at Grey Silo Golf Club at 11:25 a.m.