Canada, bolstered by a 66 from Brooke Henderson of Smiths Falls, Ont., and a 69 from Augusta James of Bath, Ont., posted a record score of nine-under-par 135.
As a result, Canada holds a two-stroke lead after the first round of the 2014 Women’s World Amateur Team Championship (WWATC) in Karuizawa, Japan.
Canada’s 135 is the lowest first-round score in WWATC history, eclipsing the previous mark of 136 by the USA in Argentina in 2010. Two-time defending champion Republic of Korea is second at 137, followed by France at 140 in third.
“I was really pleased with the first day,” said Canadian captain Liz Hoffman.
“You are not going to win on the first day but you can certainly put yourself behind the eight ball. There are a lot of fabulous teams out there. It was very important for all three players to be solid and they were,” she said.
Henderson, 16, posted four birdies on her first seven holes and finished without a bogey on the par-72 Oshitate Course at Karuizawa. Her 66 is tied for the second-lowest first-round score in WWATC history.
“My ball striking was very good today,” said Henderson.
“I gave myself a lot of chances coming in. I had four or five chances from inside 15 feet, but I didn’t make them all. We knew it was important to get some solid rounds in and now we have to follow that up,” she said.
James, 21, made five birdies against two bogeys, The senior at North Carolina State University won the 2014 Canadian Women’s Amateur.
Both Henderson and James are playing in their second WWATC.
Canada discarded a one-under 71 from Brittany Marchand.