Brooke Henderson started this week where she left off the last one.
The 18 year-old closed the ISPS Handa Women’s Australian Open with a score of 67 on Sunday and she posted the same number to start play this week down under.
Unable to get into the Honda LPGA Thailand this week due to a low LPGA priority ranking (based on official money from 2015), in January Henderson opted to accept a sponsor’s exemption into the RAVC Ladies Masters at Royal Pines Resort on the Gold Coast. The event is co-sanctioned by the Australian Ladies Tour and the Ladies European Tour (LET) so it still carries some weight.
As one of the first players out on the course the Smiths Falls sensation set the tone early. She made birdies on her first three holes to immediately launch to the top of the leaderboard.
She remained there, eventually sharing the lead at -6 with Danish player Nicole Broch Larsen. Marion Ricordeau of France joined them at that number.
Henderson had seven birdies and just one bogie during her first round play. She had five birdies on her opening nine (the back nine) for a 32, followed by a 35.
Three other Canadians are in the field this week. Lorie Kane of Prince Edward Island recorded a 72 (-1) in the first round while another veteran, Nancy Harvey of Saskatchewan, struggled to an 81 (+8).
Kyla Inaba of Kelowna, British Columbia posted a three over par, 76.