It would be a big task to top the excitement of last week’s win by Brooke Henderson at the KPMG Women’s PGA Championship, but Canadian pros are doing their best to have a nice encore.
Playing on the Meijer LPGA Classic For Simple Give in Grand Rapids, Michigan, both Alena Sharp and Brooke Henderson have found their way to the top portion of the leaderboard.
The two Olympic hopefuls made impressive runs on Friday.
Sharp now shares 2nd place after 36 holes with rounds of 66 and 67. Her -9 total has her just one shot off the lead of Lexi Thompson.
Asked whether she would play more aggressively this weekend with a crowded leaderboard Sharp commented, “No, I’m going to just keep playing my game, hit fairways and go at pins when I can. My putting has been really good the last two tournaments so I’m kind of relying on it. If I can get it within 15 feet, I have a good shot of making the putt. I’m not really going to change much. I’m just going to try not to look at the leaderboard and enjoy the weekend.”
Henderson is doing her best to have a great follow-up to her maiden major victory. The 18 year-old has recorded rounds of 67 and 68 in Michigan and shares 13th place at -7 overall.
Said Henderson of her play so far this week in Michigan, “It’s nice to see my name up close to the top of the leaderboard right now…another two solid rounds and we’ll see what happens.”
Quebec’s Maude-Aimee Leblanc also made the cut and is tied for 39th place at -3.
Augusta James Shares Lead On Symetra Tour
Augusta James of Bath, Ontario posted an opening round of 68 (-4) on Friday at the Symetra Tour Four Winds Invitational.
James, who currently sits in 10th place on the tour’s money list, has had three top-ten finishes this year in a season where she was trying to be more consistent. It seems to be working out so far and she is well on her way to making the cut this week in South Bend, Indiana, something she failed to do last year.
She shares a two-stroke lead with American Nelly Korda.
Four other Ontario golfers, Elizabeth Tong, Brittany Marchand, Christina Foster, and Jennifer Kirby, are all in the top 30 after round one.