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08/21/2015 19:30 EDT | Updated 08/21/2016 01:12 EDT

France's Karine Icher holds onto early lead at Canadian Pacific Women's Open

COQUITLAM, B.C. — Karine Icher shot 2-under par 70 Friday morning to maintain her lead after the second round of the US$2.25-million Canadian Pacific Women's Open golf tournament.

The French golfer is at 9 under, leaving her one stroke ahead of China's Xi Yu Lin, who notched a hole-in-one on the 6,681-yard, par-72 Vancouver Golf Club course.

After going bogey free in an opening-round 65, Icher had two bogeys on Friday.

"It's tough greens," said the 36-year-old native of Chateauroux, who now lives in Orlando, Fla. "They are super hilly. You have to choose the right club.

"With the wind it was more difficult today to find the right club. It's still a good day."

Lin used a six-iron to score her ace on the 168-yard par-3. She finished with a 66 and sits 8 under.

"It's my first hole-in-one in a tournament," said the 19-year-old from Guangzhou. "I had one in a practice round before, but it was only me, nobody really saw it.

"So this time, lots of people saw it."

Hamilton's Alena Sharp shot four birdies for an even-par 72 and remains top Canadian at 1 under.

"I feel great," said Sharp, who now lives in Orlando. "I haven't made the cut at the Canadian Open I think since 2009, so it's been a long time.

"I played well the last two days. I left some shots out there, but I have lots to look forward to on the weekend."

Brooke Henderson of Smiths Falls, Ont., had five bogeys to shoot 75, leaving her at 1 over.

"It wasn't a great day out there but I ground it out pretty well," said the 17-year-old.

"I just missed some shots. Other than that it could have been good. I hung in there and really played well on the back nine."

Henderson became the youngest Canadian to win an LPGA or PGA event with her victory last weekend at the Cambia Portland Classic.

Icher has never won on the LPGA Tour and hasn't finished in the top 10 in an event this year. She does have five victories on the Ladies European Tour and has won over US$3.9 million.

At the 2013 CP Open held in Edmonton she finished second to Lydia Ko. Since Ko was an amateur, Icher collected the first-prize money of US$300,000.

"She won, but I took the cheque," said Icher. "Now she's a pro, so I think if she wins, she takes the cheque. She is not going to give it to me."

This year's winner collects $337,500.

Jim Morris, The Canadian Press