Henderson Under Par At LPGA Manulife Financial Classic

Brooke Henderson hits a tee shot while caddy and Women's National Team Coach Tristan Mullally looks on during round 1 of the Manulife Financial Classic.
Brooke Henderson hits a tee shot while caddy and Women's National Team Coach Tristan Mullally looks on during round 1 of the Manulife Financial Classic.
Brooke Henderson hits a tee shot while caddy and Women’s National Team Coach Tristan Mullally looks on during round 1 of the Manulife Financial Classic.

She received a sponsor’s exemption into the field at the LPGA Manulife Financial Classic and Brooke Henderson of Smiths Falls, Ontario is doing her part to show she deserved it.

The fifteen year-old toured the Grey Silo Golf Club in Waterloo, Ontario in just 70 strokes on Thursday, one under par.

It was a fairly steady day for the teen as she hit fourteen of eighteen greens in regulation and posted two birdies against just one bogey.  Despite hitting so many greens in regulation the birdies did not come in bunches as they might, 31 putts prevented that.

The high schooler averaged 267 yards off the tee on Thursday while hitting 11 of 14 fairways.

Henderson shares 54th to start the second round on Friday.  Leaders Catriona Matthew and Angela Stanford are both at eight under par.

On Friday Brooke will likely need a score around the same mark she set on day one to make the 36-hole cut.

Alena Sharp is currently the low Canadian in the field at -3.

On the PGA Tour, Brad Fritsch of Manotick, Ontario opened the PGA Tour’s John Deere Classic in Silvis, Illinois with a 73, putting him well back of the lead in a share for 125th spot.  Zach Johnson and Camilo Villegas  leads the way at -7.

Low Canadian is David Hearn who opened with 66 (-5) and is tied for 6th place.  Mike Weir shot 69 (-2). Stephen Ames posted +5, 76.

Nick Taylor of Abbotsford, British Columbia continued his recent streak of hot play Thursday, firing a 7-under 65 to take the first round lead before play was suspended at the PGA TOUR Canada Syncrude Boreal Open presented by AECON.

Brad Boyle of Kingston, Ontario shot 74 (+2) while Oliver Tubb of Stirling, Ontario is four over par through 15 holes.