The United States Women’s Open is shaping up to be a big showdown among the top players in the world and those eager for a first taste of a major victory.
Any Yang has a strong 3 stroke lead at 7 under oar through 36 holes at the Lancaster Country Club in Pennsylvania.
Stacy Lewis and Shiho Oyama share second at -4.
17-year old Brooke Henderson finished her Friday with a bogey but still made it to the weekend with scores of 70-73. That leaves her in a share of 44th place with 36 more holes scheduled for play. She will tee off Saturday at 10:03 with Alison Lee
Word was received Friday that Team Canada for the Women’s Golf Competition at the Pan Am Games will not be able to replace Brooke Henderson on the squad. Henderson withdrew past the deadline for when alternates could be named. She did so to pursue other professional opportunities next week. Lorie Kane will play as a one person representative for the females on the team. Her score will count both individually and for the “Team” in the mixed scoring format in conjunction with the men’s squad of Austin Connelly and Garrett Rank.
Four of five Canadians advance to the weekend at the Albertsons Boise Open. Ryan Yip (t-31) leads the way at -8, 10 strokes back of the leader, Martin Piller.
At -7 (69-66) Brad Fritsch shares 39th.
Adam Svensson and Wes Heffernan are both at -6 and share 56th place.
Dundas, Ontario’s Mackenzie Hughes has a share of the lead on the Mackenzie Tour – PGA TOUR Canada after 36 holes. He is at -9 alongside American J.J. Spaun at The Players Cup in Winnipeg, Manitoba.
Hughes, the 2013 Mackenzie Tour Order of Merit winner, carded a 6-under 65 to match the earlier clubhouse lead set by Spaun (64), who currently sits no. 5 on the Order of Merit and in position to earn status on the Web.com Tour for 2016. Hughes and Spaun sat two shots clear of Order of Merit leader Drew Weaver of Atlanta, along with Kalmar, Sweden’s Robert Karlsson and Rockville, Maryland’s Danny Balin through 36 holes.
“It was a really good day from start to finish,” said Hughes, who finished tied for third here in 2013 on the way to his Order of Merit victory. “I feel pretty comfortable around here. I like the way the course sets up and the challenges it presents. You play a solid steady round and you’re going to be moving up, so I like that about this place and I’m looking to it this weekend.”
Canadians Roger Sloan, Adam Hadwin, and David Hearn will all play the weekend at the John Deere Classic. Each player sits at -4 and in a share of 55th place heading into the weekend. Leader Justin Thomas sits at -12.
Canadian Mike Weir withdrew for personal reasons on Friday.
Joey Savoie of Pinegrove Golf Club leads the Golf Quebec Duke of Kent after 18 holes of of play on Friday. He shot 66 (-6) and leads two other players by one with the final 18 holes scheduled for Saturday at Royal Quebec Golf Club.
Dwight Reinhart (Eagle Creek) and Mark Coldham (Ottawa Hunt) are the leading players from the Ottawa Valley at -3 and share 7th place.