After a seventh place finish in the first CN Canadian Women’s Tour event of the year in Vancouver it should come to little surprise that Brooke Henderson is in the hunt again on the tour.
What is surprising is that the Smiths Falls’ native is just fourteen years of age.
Henderson, already an accomplished player with two Future Links titles and an Ontario Junior Championship on her impressive resume, blitzed the Beloeil golf course south of Montreal on Tuesday in just 67 strokes. She leads American pro Lisa Ferrero by one.
Henderson had a clean card in the first of two rounds, with four birdies intertwined among fourteen pars .
The winner of the event will recieve a direct exemption into the CN Canadian Women’s Open to be played in Vancouver on August 20-26th.
Henderson has made it no secret that she would love to play in that LPGA Tour event and even if she should not happen to win on Wednesday she does set herself up to be in a strong position on the overall points leaderboard for the tour. There is just one event to play on the tour later on this month in Niagara Falls. The top two players on the points list not otherwise exempt will receive an exemption into the Women’s Open. That would likely mean a top 5 finish on that list for Henderson to advance without a win.
Eastern Ontario golf fans should also note that Augusta James, 19, of Bath, Ontario shot 71 on Tuesday. The ACC Freshman of the year who attends North Carolina State sits in a tie for 5th place after round one.
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