What could have been doesn’t, and shouldn’t, matter to Brooke Henderson, especially since reality looks pretty sweet at the midway point of the Meijer LPGA Classic in Grand Rapids, Mich.
After holding a five-shot lead at one point, Henderson tripped across the finish line of Friday’s second round with bogeys on her final two holes, but the reality is that she followed up her first round 66, with a four-under 67 and leads by two going into the weekend.
At the end of the day, her scorecard showed seven birdies against three bogey, a ledger that still tilts in her favour.
“It’s great to see my name up there,” said Henderson.
“It’s been a little bit of a rough season so far, not getting the results that I’ve been looking for, but this week seems to be a turnaround week and hopefully, I can just finish strong the next two days,” she said.
“Unfortunately, the two bogeys just came at the end and kind of put a damper on the round,” she acknowledged.
“I’m really excited to be in this position, I haven’t been in a little while and so I’m excited I have two more days left to kind of redeem myself,” said Henderson.
She’s felt that turnaround week coming for awhile. Last week when Henderson was at the Manulife LPGA Classic in Cambridge, Ont., where she tied for 11th, she said she felt her game was close to getting where she wanted it to be.
While she may not be a couple of shots better on the leaderboard, the 67 she did finish with came on a day in which conditions were noticeably tougher than the day before when she shot the 63.
“It was a lot windier today. It dried out a lot due to the wind and the lack of rain. You had to be careful in your approach shots and also lines off the tee. You could be a little bit more aggressive because it was rolling out a little bit more,” she said.
“Greens speeded up as well, so I just kind of dealt with it as the day went on and we’ll just have to see what tomorrow brings,” said Henderson.
“It’s a packed leaderboard,” she said.
“There are a lot of people really close. Hopefully, over the next two days, I can kind of repeat the two scores that I’ve done so far because this course, you need to make birdies and be aggressive and take chances where you can,” said Henderson.
With Henderson at 12 under, Maude-Aimee Leblanc of Sherbrooke, Que., moved into a tie for 20th at five under after she shot a second round 65.
Alena Sharp is tied for 42nd at three under.
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At the Decatur-Forsyth Classic in Decatur, Ill., Anna Kim of Richmond Hill, Ont., opened with a four-under 68 and is tied for eighth, three shots off the lead, going into the weekend.
Christine Foster of Vaughan, Ont., shot a 69 and is tied for 16th.
That leaderboard is here.