Canada posted a 14-under-par 274 for a two-stroke lead over surging Japan after two rounds of the 2014 Women’s World Amateur Team Championship (WWATC) in Karuizawa, Japan.
Fueled by a 69 from Brooke Henderson and a 70 from Brittany Marchand, Canada registered a second-round total of five-under-par 139. Their 36-hole total is the tied for the second-lowest in WWATC history.
“Today, we started a little slow,” said Canadian captain Liz Hoffman.
“It wasn’t our best day on the front nine, but we gained momentum through the round. What I saw in all the players was tremendous determination. They ground it out and stayed focused,” said Hoffman.
Mirami Katsu, of Japan, which was 16th after the first round, shot a seven-under-par 65, to catapult the home nation into second place.
Her teammate Eri Okayama shot a 5-under 67 for the day’s best team score of 12-under-par 132, which is the second-lowest team score for any round in championship history.
Katsu’s 65 on the Oshitate Course was matched by England’s Bronte Law and is the lowest score at the 2014 championship.
Two-time defending champion Republic of Korea holds third place at 277, followed by Sweden and Spain tied for fourth at 278, Germany in sixth at 279, England, India and Mexico tied for seventh at 281 and Australia, Denmark, France and the U.S.A are tied for 10th at 282.
Henderson posted five birdies against two bogeys on the Iriyama Course.
“My game, in the middle of the round, was really good,” said Henderson. “It was great to get that birdie on 18 to get into the 60s. Any day in the 60s is a good day.”