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09/02/2016 10:27 EDT | Updated 09/03/2017 01:12 EDT

Marina Alex clubhouse leader at LPGA Manulife Classic; Alena Sharp low Canadian

CAMBRIDGE, Ont. — Marina Alex put an exclamation mark on her second round at the LPGA Manulife Classic.

Alex was the clubhouse leader after firing a tournament-best 8-under 64 on Friday morning, making eagle on her final hole of the day to top the leaderboard at 10 under.

"This I think is the lowest I've shot out on the LPGA," said a smiling Alex after leaving the scorer's tent at hole No. 9. "I don't know about prior. Maybe. But definitely the best round I've played in a long time."

Alex sits two shots clear of South Korea's Mi Hyang Li (67), who was in sole possession of second at 8 under. The first round was marred by strong winds, but Li said calmer conditions made the second round at Whistle Bear Golf Club easier.

"Less wind, and the greens are in better condition," said Li. "So just everything is a perfect game. I missed a short putt last hole, but that's just one miss."

Hamilton's Alena Sharp (70) is the low Canadian for the second day in a row at 5 under.

Maude-Aimee Leblanc (71) of Sherbrooke, Que., Anne Catherine Tanguay (71) of Quebec City and Olympian Brooke Henderson (71) of Smiths Falls, Ont., are the other Canadians expected to make the projected cut.

"It's always good for Canadians to make the cut," said Sharp. "Not really thinking about being low Canadian. I want to do well, be in contention for the weekend, so I feel like I did a good job the last couple of days, and it's tough in the wind. So I was happy with how I hit it."

Amateur Maddie Szeryk (72) of London, Ont., and Calgary's Jennifer Ha (74) both finished at 1-over par. Amateur Josee Doyon (74) of St. Georges-de-Beauce, Que., was 2 over.