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Canada takes early lead at Women's World Am

Karuizawa, Japan (SportsNetwork.com) - Brooke Henderson fired a 6-under 66 to help Canada grab a one-stroke lead after the opening round of the Women's World Amateur Team Championship.

Henderson and Augusta James (69) had Canada's two scores that counted for the team total of 9-under-par 135. Brittany Marchand also had a 71 at Karuizawa 72 Golf East.

Henderson, who made the cut at the Kraft Nabisco Championship and U.S. Women's Open this year, put together a bogey-free round that started with a birdie on the first.

She followed with birdies at three, five and seven en route to making the turn at minus-4. After birdies at 11 and 13, Henderson closed out her round with five straight pars.

James had two birdies on the front nine, but gave those shots back as she bogeyed Nos. 10 and 12. She bounced back with a birdie at the 13th, then birdied 16 and 17 to card a 3-under round.

Korea, which won this title the last time the event was played in 2012, is alone in second place at minus-7. So-Young Lee led the way with a 67 for the Korean team.

France is alone in third at minus-4, while India, Ireland and Italy shared fourth place at 3-under 141.

The United States threesome struggled with only Alison Lee able to break par with her 4-under 68. The Americans are tied for seventh at minus-2 with Mexico, South Africa and Spain.

Sweden, the Philippines, the Netherlands, Germany and Denmark were the final teams in red figures at 1-under 143.

09/03 10:17:38 ET


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