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Eastern Ontario Girls Lead Canada at World Amateur Team Championship

– Smiths Falls, Ont.’s Brooke Henderson currently tied for 8th, three shots off the lead –

Oakville, Ont. (Golf Canada) – Team Canada’s Jennifer Kirby of Paris, Ont., Augusta James of Bath, Ont., and Brooke Henderson of Smiths Falls, Ont. combined to card a second round 2-under-par 142 at the 2012 Women’s World Amateur Team Championship on Friday at Gloria Golf Club’s Old Course in Antalya, Turkey to sit T2 after 36 holes of play.

Heading into weekend action, Team Canada trails the defending champions from the Republic of Korea by five strokes after the Korean contingent shot 8-under par 136 on day two of the championship to sit atop the leaderboard with a two-day tally of 8-under par 280.

At 3-under par 285, Team Canada is tied alongside Germany, Japan, Australia and New Zealand.

Henderson, a member of Team Canada’s Development Squad, and James, a member of Team Canada’s National Squad, led Canada in scoring on Friday as both posted second round scores of 1-under par 71.

Henderson, who sits at 2-under par 142 for the championship, is currently T8 in the individual standings, three shots back of co-leaders Hyo-Joo Kim of the Republic of Korea and Lydia Ko of New Zealand, both of whom are at 5-under par 139 after round two.

James, a sophomore at North Carolina State University, is T29 at 1-over par 145, while Kirby, a senior at the University of Alabama, is T35 after carding a round of 2-over par 74 on Friday. Kirby is at 2-over par 146 for the championship.

Team Canada, paired alongside Team Republic of Korea and Team Germany, will get third round play underway on Gloria Golf Club’s Old Course at 4:50 a.m. EST on Saturday.

A record 53 teams have entered the 2012 Women’s World Amateur Team Championship. The biennial competition has been played since 1964, with the winner taking home the Espirito Santo Trophy.

In 23 appearances at the Women’s World Amateur Team Championship, Canada has earned runner-up honours three times and posted thirteen top-10 finishes.

The World Amateur Team title is determined by four days of stroke play. In each round, the total of the two lowest scores constitutes the team score for the round. The four-day total is the team’s score for the championship.

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