Goderich, ON (GOLF ASSOCIATION OF ONTARIO) – Blustery winds on Wednesday didn’t stop 13 year-old Brooke Henderson from firing a course record-breaking 67 to take sole possession of the lead at the Investors Group Ontario Junior Girls’ Championship hosted by Goderich Sunset Golf Club.
The Smith’s Falls resident and recent CN Future Links Ontario champion closed out the second round of the 54-hole event with a two-stroke lead over Brogan McKinnon of Mississauga, co-leader alongside Henderson after Tuesday’s first round. McKinnon fired a solid one-under par 69 to position herself close at Henderson’s heels heading into Thursday’s third and final round.
Henderson, a GAO Public Player, started strong Wednesday with a birdie on the first par 3 of the day, the 152-yard second hole. She struggled with a pair of missed putts for par on the third and fourth holes, but found her stride as she made the turn, unleashing a flurry of birdies on the 9th, 11th, 12th, 14th and 16th holes. She finished the round with a bogey on the 18th hole, but her three-under par 67 went into the record books as the best score by a female on the 39 year-old course. Henderson now sits at one-under par overall, with a cumulative score of 139 (72-67).
McKinnon marked five birdies against four bogeys in Wednesday’s round to earn a total score of 141 (72-69), one-over par. The rest of the field will likely be battling for the bronze medal on Thursday as McKinnon is currently a full nine strokes ahead of Peterborough’s Katlyn Elliott and LaSalle resident Laura DeMarco, who are both tied for third place at 150, +10.
2011 Junior Spring Classic champion and former Ontario Junior Girls’ Match Play champion Elizabeth Tong of Thornhill is tied for fifth place alongside Richmond Hill’s Grace Chung at +12, while 2010 Ontario Juvenile Girls’ champion Vivan Tsui of Markham is tied for seventh place with Massey, Ontario’s Casey MacNeil.
The third and final round of competition will get under way at 7:15 am on Thursday, with the lead group of Henderson, McKinnon, and DeMarco set to tee off at 10:05 am. The field of 70 players was cut to the low 54 golfers after 36 holes, with the cut falling at a cumulative score of 178.