Team Canada leads the Women’s World Amateur Team Championship after a tournament-record of 9-under 135 in the first round to hold a two-shot lead at Karuizawa 72 Golf East.
Canada was led by Brooke Mackenzie Henderson, No. 2 in the World Amateur Golf Ranking, with a 66 and a 69 from Augusta James on the par-72 Oshitate course in the play-three-count-two format. Canada’s third team member Brittany Marchand shot a 71.
Two-time defending champion South Korea is in second at 137, while France is third after a 140.
South Korea is vying to become the first team to win three consecutive Espirito Santo Trophy competitions since the USA in 1980, ’82 and ’84. They were lead by 17-year-old So-Young Lee, who shot a 5-under 67. Lee was the gold medalist at the 2014 Youth Olympic Games in China.
Team USA, Alison Lee (68), Kristen Gillman (74) and Emma Talley (77), sits in tie for seventh place after an opening 142.