Shooting 65 and leading after 36 holes is getting to be a habit for Brooke Henderson on the LPGA Tour.
For the second straight week the 17 year-old from Smiths Falls has put herself in to what is becoming a familiar position.
Last week the rookie pro was able to convert that lead into a third place finish at the Swinging Skirts LPGA Classic in San Francisco. It earned her almost (USD) $133,000.
As a non-member of the tour she will likely need a win or earn the equivalent of the 40th player on the 2014 Money List to put herself in a position where she can petition for membership. Both meet standards of certain LPGA Priority Status categories. Those situations would automatically qualify her if she was over 18 but, given her age, she would still need the approval of the Tour Commissioner, Mike Whan.
Henderson was bogey free in her 65 on Friday, resulting in a one stroke lead at -8 overall when combined with her first round 70.
Asked whether her play this week validated what seemed to some as an unlikely finish last week, Henderson agreed, “I like it, yeah. It’s definitely a good spot to be. Last week and this week is definitely a confidence booster, and like I say, I’m just going to give it my all the next two days and see what happens.”
On Saturday Henderson will play the third round with 54 year-old veteran Juli Inkster and former World #1, Inbee Park.
A lot of eyes will be watching the teen to see how she finishes play this week.
That will include more than a few at Henderson’s home club, the Smiths Falls Golf and Country Club. When we spoke with pro Adam Miller earlier today he admitted that their tee sheet was more than full for Saturday morning but the afternoon was notably barren.
He didn’t seem surprised.
“I think we know where everybody will be – in front of their TV’s watching Brooke. It’s amazing. Everybody here is pretty excited.”
Hamilton, Ontario’s Alena Sharp is also having a good week in Texas. She is tied for 12th place.