Augusta James of Bath, Ont., shot an eight-under 63 on Thursday at the Canadian Women’s Amateur Championship to set a new women’s course record at Craigowan Golf and Country Club in Woodstock, Ont. and record the lowest 18-hole score in the history of the 101-year-old championship.
“It’s maybe my second or third bogey-free round ever, I think it might be my first one in a tournament,” said James.
“It’s always good to have one of those, you come so close sometimes and I’m happy that I could eliminate the big mistakes that would turn into bogeys or doubles,” she said.
James opened with a five-under 30 on the front nine and she would card four consecutive birdies over between the eight and 11th holes.
“I putted well, but I hit the ball pretty close too, which made it a lot easier. I made a few putts that you don’t expect to make everyday,” she said.
Currently at 12 under, James holds a six-stroke lead heading into the final round over Brooke Henderson of Smiths Falls, Ont. and Australia’s Su-Hyun Oh.
“It’s been a few years since I’ve held a trophy for first place and it would be a great honour to have competed with this field and won,” she said.
“That is a long way away still, lots of work left to do (Friday) for that,” said James.