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Brooke Henderson, Canada 12 shots back at world jr. golf event

09/29/2014 09:42 EDT | Updated 11/29/2014 05:59 EST
So far, the United States is proving to be a handful for the world’s top-ranked amateur and her Canadian teammates at the World Junior Girls Golf Championship.

The U.S. team of Mika Liu, Megan Khang and Angel Yin took a seven-stroke lead into Monday’s second round at Angus Glen in Markham, Ont., and by the end of the day held a commanding 12-shot advantage.

Brooke Henderson and Team Canada are two-over-par through 36 holes, good for second place in the field of 16.

The 17-year-old Henderson, who hails from Smiths Falls, Ont., fired a 1-over 73 in calm conditions on Monday after carding a 70 to open the tournament, and is tied for third with Line Hansen of Denmark on the individual leaderboard.

Henderson didn’t lack in support Monday as a charter bus of 45 classmates made the three-hour-plus drive from Smiths Falls.

Hansen, who shot 67 Monday to share low round of the day with Olivia Mehaffey of Ireland, had six birdies and tops the field with 10 overall.

Grace St. Germain of Ottawa matched Henderson’s second-round 73 while Victoria’s Naomi Ko had a tough day, finishing with a seven-over 79.

Canada 2 in 13th place

Canada’s second team in the tournament, comprised of Calgary’s Jaclyn Lee, Selena Costabile of Thornhill, Ont., and Alisha Lau of Richmond, B.C., is 13th after two rounds at 13-over.

Liu, 15, led the U.S. squad with a 3-under 69, a round that included three birdies and an impressive eagle on the 380-yard, par-4 10th hole as she holed out from 177 yards using a 5-hybrid.

It was one of the more difficult holes Monday with golfers averaging more than a stroke above par (4.6).

“That eagle was amazing,” Liu, who is currently 48th on the World Amateur Golf Ranking, said in a statement released by Golf Canada. “I had 177 yards from the rough and on a downhill lie. My first plan was to get it on the green. … I decided to go with the hybrid to play it safe.

“I got up [to the pin] and my ball was in the hole. I just took it and kissed it.”

Liu takes over top spot individually at 5-under.

Denmark and Italy are tied for third while Spain is one shot behind to round out the top five.

This week’s event is a test event for next year’s Pan American Games in Toronto. The golf competition is scheduled for July 16-19, 2015.

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