The Investors Group Ontario Junior Girls’ Championship got under way on Tuesday (July 10) with three golfers sharing the opening round lead at Shelburne Golf and Country Club.
Smith Falls resident and defending champion Brooke Henderson delivered a three-under par 69 to top the leader board alongside Jenna Hague of Burlington and Stephanie Tucker of Orangeville. The trio lead the field of Ontario’s best junior female golfers age 18 and under in the 72-hole competition.
Henderson, who recently became one of the youngest-ever athletes to win a professional event by capturing the Quebec stop on the CN Canadian Women’s Tour, delivered the only bogey-free performance of the day. The 14-year old is coming off a victory at the US Women’s Amateur qualifying tournament held Monday at The Country Club of York in York, PA and is looking for her second Ontario Junior Girls’ title.
Hague started slow with a pair of back-to-back bogeys on the first and second holes, but found her stride after nailing an eagle on the fifth hole. The 18-year-old Burlington Golf and Country Club member recently capped off a stellar freshman year at Ball State University by capturing medalist honours at the Mid-Atlantic Conference championship.
She was named Ball State freshman of the year, and joined Henderson at the same qualifier Monday where she earned an alternate spot in a playoff.
Tucker played a steady game throughout the day, carding only a single bogey against four birdies. The 18-year-old Brampton Golf Club member is coming off a strong showing at the Toronto Star Women’s Amateur, where she made an impressive run all the way to the finals to earn runner-up honours.
Oakville’s Alanna Haynes is tied for 11th after shooting a five-over par 77. Tied at 21st are Kennedy Bodfield of St Catharines, and Annika Haynes of Oakville. Both carded 79s. Lorelle Weavers of Burlington had an 82 and is tied at 33rd. Toed at 39th is Madison Easterbrook of Burlington with an 83.Oakville’s Jennifer (Hye Bin) Yoon is tied at 46th with an 86.
Tied for fourth place are three Team Ontario members; 2012 Junior Spring Classic champion Grace Chung of Richmond Hill, Sophie Kitchen of Collingwood, and Courtney Tolton of Mitchell, ON. All three golfers carded identical two-over par 74’s to sit five strokes off the lead heading into Wednesday’s second round. 14-year-old Selena Costabile of Thornhill is alone in seventh place at 75, three-over par. At 70th is Alexandra Medeiros of Burlington with a 108.
Seventeen-year old Yoo Rim Kang of Toronto drew cheers from spectators after delivering a hole-in-one on the 142 yard 6th hole. The National Pines Golf Club member is currently tied for 11th.