Ariya Jutanugarn Leads – Canadians Have Ground To Make Up In Rio

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - 17/08/2016: Ariya Jutanugarn of Thailand during the first round at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games, Reserva de Marapendi Golf Course, Barra Da Tijuca, Rio De Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo by Tristan Jones/IGF)
RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - 17/08/2016: Ariya Jutanugarn of Thailand during the first round at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games, Reserva de Marapendi Golf Course, Barra Da Tijuca, Rio De Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo by Tristan Jones/IGF)
RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – 17/08/2016: Ariya Jutanugarn of Thailand during the first round at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games, Reserva de Marapendi Golf Course, Barra Da Tijuca, Rio De Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo by Tristan Jones/IGF)

For the first time since 1900 women played golf in the Olympic Games on Wednesday.

The current crop of golf talent are far advanced over the abilities of Margaret Abbott, whose score of 47 for nine holes won her the Olympic Golf title in Paris.

2016 first round leader Ariya Jutanugarn only needed 18 more strokes than Abbott used in Paris to complete her opening round in Rio de Janeiro. At -6 (65) she leads the way for Thailand by one shot over Inbee Park and Sei Young Kim of Korea.

As for Canada, #3-ranked player in the world, Brooke Henderson of Smiths Falls, ON, started off poorly but turned the day around quickly. A plugged lie in a bunker led to a double bogey on the 4th hole for the 18 year-old, leaving her three over par at that point. She rebounded by going 5 under par for her next six holes. She eventually glided into the clubhouse at a total of 70 (-1). She shares 19th place.

Things were less dramatic for Alena Sharp. The 35-year-old Ontario golfer opened and closed her round with birdies and turned in a 72 (+1). She sits in a share of 37th place.

There are 54 holes left on the schedule for the women’s golf competition at the 2016 Olympic Games. There is no cut.

For a full list of results and tee times for round two follow this link.