The Canadian team of Brooke Henderson of Smiths Falls, Ont., Grace St-German of Ottawa and Naomi Ko of Victoria stand second to the American team of Megan Khang, Mika Liu and Angel Yin after the opening round of the World Junior Girls Championship at Angus Glen in Markham, Ont.
Khang (five-under 67) and Liu (two-under 70) shot an opening-round team total of seven-under 137 to give Team USA a seven-shot lead.
Khang, 16, carded six birdies and a single bogey going off the back nine. Currently the 40th ranked player on the World Amateur Golf Ranking, Khang finished her opening round with birdies on her final four holes.
Liu, 15, had five birdies and three bogies in her opening round as the second US score to count while teammate Angel Yin shot a (non-counting) one-over 73 in her opening round.
With her opening round 67, Khang sits alone atop the individual leaderboard with a three-shot lead over Liu (70) and Henderson (70) heading into Monday’s second round.
Canada is alone in second at even-par 144. Henderson, St-Germain (two-over 74) and Ko (five-over 77) were grouped with Team USA in Sunday’s opening round.
Henderson finished with four birdies including her final two holes while St-Germain was one-under through 16 holes before a bogey on her 17th hole and a double-bogey finish for Canada’s two counting scores.
“It was little bit slow to start, I wasn’t hitting the ball quite as good as I would have liked to,” said Henderson, who earlier this year finished runner-up at the U.S. Women’s Amateur and was the low individual at the recent World Amateur Team Championship.
“Throughout the round I started to get a bit more comfortable. The last couple of holes, I was playing my best golf – three birdies in the last four or five holes – so I’m happy with that,” she said.