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Eastern Ontario Golfers Boost Team Canada At Doral

Brooke Henderson (left) and Augusta James are representing Canada at the Copa de las Americas.
Brooke Henderson (left) and Augusta James are representing Canada at the Copa de las Americas.
Brooke Henderson (left) and Augusta James are representing Canada at the Copa de las Americas.

Two golfers from Eastern Ontario are leading the way for Canada after round one of the 2013 Copa de las Americas.

In Thursday’s opening round at the par-72 TPC Blue Monster Course at Doral Golf Resort & Spa Miami, Brooke Henderson of Smiths Falls shot 71, the lowest round by any female competitor.  Matched with the 76 by fellow Team Canada member, Augusta James of Bath, Ontario, the pair tied for the lowest score of the day in the women’s competition.

Henderson, of Canada, was the lone female player to return a subpar score.

“It’s a beautiful course and I just enjoyed playing it,” said the 15-year-old Henderson, who won on the Canadian Women’s Tour in 2012. “I was striking the ball well, which helped. I missed a few short putts, but overall, it was a great day.”

Henderson pointed to a 20-foot downhill birdie putt at the par-4 17th as the key moment of her round.

“I was just thinking get it in two and I’d be happy! So that helped my round,” she said.

The Canadian Men’s Team of Albin Choi (76) and Corey Conners (77) are 8th among the men after round one.

Combining both the men’s and women’s scores, the Canadian team sits in 5th place overall at 12-over 300.  That puts them 7 shots off the lead of Team Argentina.

The Argentines returned a four-person score of 5-over 293, with Colombia and the USA at 7-over 295. Mexico is fourth at 10-over 298, while Canada rounds out the top five at 12-over 300.

The 2013 Copa de las Americas, conducted by the Americas Golf Association and hosted by the United States Golf Association, is a team event for amateurs in North, Central and South America, as well as the Caribbean. It consists of three 72-hole stroke-play competitions – overall, men and women – and the competitions end on Sunday.

Miami – Results from Thursday’s first day of stroke play at the 2013 Copa de las Americas, being conducted at the par-72 TPC Blue Monster Course at Doral Golf Resort & Spa Miami (men, 7,099 yards; women, 6,205 yards):

Overall Championship
293    Argentina (Alejandro Tosti 36-36–72; María Olivero 35-37–72; Jaime López Rivarola 35-39–74; Delfina Acosta 37-38—75)
295    Colombia (Ricardo José Celia 37-33–70; Carlos Ernesto Rodriguez 32-39–71; Laura Blanco 36-39–75; Camila Serrano 39-40—79)
295    USA (Chris Williams 35-36–71; Erynne Lee 36-37–73; Steven Fox 37-38–75; Lindy Duncan 38-38—76)
298    Mexico (Carlos Ortiz 33-35–68; Gabriela López 37-36–73; Rodolfo Cazaubon 37-40–77; Fabiola Arriaga 38-42—80)
300    Canada (Brooke Mackenzie Henderson 35-36–71; Albin Choi 38-38–76; Augusta James 38-38–76; Corey Conners 38-39—77)
311    Venezuela (Gustavo Morantes 38-35–73; Jorge Garcia 35-39–74; Claudia de Antonio 40-42–82; María Alejandra Merchán 43-39—82)
312    Trinidad and Tobago (Matthew Marquez 33-39–72; Monifa Sealy 40-38–78; Talin Rajendranath 39-41–80; Kelsey Lou-Hing 40-42—82)
335    Guatemala (Lucia Polo 38-38–76; Rodrigo Olivero 42-39–81; Sebastian Barnoya 40-42–82; Pilar Echeverría 43-53—96)

Men’s Championship
141    Colombia (Ricardo José Celia 37-33–70; Carlos Ernesto Rodriguez 32-39–71)
145    Mexico (Carlos Ortiz 33-35–68; Rodolfo Cazaubon 37-40–77)
146    Argentina (Alejandro Tosti 36-36–72; Jaime López Rivarola 35-39–74)
146    USA (Chris Williams 35-36–71; Steven Fox 37-38–75)
147    Venezuela (Gustavo Morantes 38-35–73; Jorge Garcia 35-39–74)
149    Puerto Rico (Erick Morales 39-35–74; Edward Figueroa 37-38–75)
152    Trinidad and Tobago (Matthew Marquez 33-39–72; Talin Rajendranath 39-41–80)
153    Canada (Albin Choi 38-38–76; Corey Conners 38-39–77)
154    Panama (Omar Tejeira 37-37–74; Miguel Ordoñez 40-40–80)
155    Peru (Joaquin Lolas 36-40–76; Miguel Tola 42-37–79)
163    Guatemala (Rodrigo Olivero 42-39–81; Sebastian Barnoya 40-42—82)

Women’s Championship
147    Argentina (María Olivero 35-37–72; Delfina Acosta 37-38–75)
147    Canada (Brooke Mackenzie Henderson 35-36–71; Augusta James 38-38–76)
149    USA (Erynne Lee 36-37–73; Lindy Duncan 38-38–76)
153    Mexico (Gabriela López 37-36–73; Fabiola Arriaga 38-42–80)
154    Colombia (Laura Blanco 36-39–75; Camila Serrano 39-40–79)
160    Trinidad and Tobago (Monifa Sealy 40-38–78; Kelsey Lou-Hing 40-42–82)
164    Venezuela (Claudia de Antonio 40-42–82; María Alejandra Merchán 43-39–82)
172    Guatemala (Lucia Polo 38-38–76; Pilar Echeverría 43-53–96)