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MARKHAM, Ont. (Golf Canada) – Markham, Ont. (Golf Canada) – After starting the day with a 7-shot lead, Team USA (137-141—278) continued their impressive play Monday and now hold a commanding 12-shot lead through 36 holes at the inaugural World Junior Girls Golf Championship at Angus Glen Golf Club (South Course) in Markham, Ont.

Mika Liu (70-69—139) and teammate Angel Yin (73-72—145) counted a second-round team score of 3-under 141 to lead the host Canadian team by 12 shots heading into Tuesday’s third round.

“I can’t be more proud of these kids; I’m really just their No. 1 fan,” said non-playing captain Courtney Myhrum on the team’s score of 10-under 278 through 36 holes. “To have a complete game and the age of 15 or 16 is amazing. Mika, Megan and Angel they just grind, absolutely grind. They just don’t get flustered. What I tell them is to relax, have fun, enjoy the moment and take one shot at a time. I’m just there to encourage them all the way around.”

Liu, 15, led the way for Team USA shooting 3-under 69 in a round that included two bogies, three birdies and a impressive eagle on the 380 yard, par-4, 10th hole at Angus Glen (South Course), holing out from 177 yards with a 5-hybrid.

“That eagle was amazing,” said Liu, currently the no. 48 ranked player on the World Amateur Golf Ranking. “I had 177 yards from the rough and on a downhill lie. My first plan was to get in on the green. I was between a 5-hyrid and a 5-wood and I decided to go with the hybrid to play it safe. I hit my shot and all of a sudden the Australian coach just started standing up and clapping and clapping. I was like, what’s going on? I got up there and my ball was in the hole. I just took it and kissed it. I was very happy.”

Yin (15) carded three birdies over three bogies for a second-round, even-par 72 as the second USA score to count while 16-year old teammate Megan Khang (67-73—140), the opening-round individual leader, shot a non-counting 1-over 73 to round out the USA team scores.

Team Canada (144-146—290), led by the world’s no. 1 ranked amateur Brooke Henderson (17) of Smiths Falls, Ont. shot a team-total 2-over 146 and is alone in second at 2-over through 36 holes, 12 shots off the lead.

Henderson (70-73—143) and teammate Grace St. Germain (16) of Ottawa (74-73—147) counted matching scores of 1-over 73 for Canada on Monday with Naomi Ko (17) of Victoria (77-79—156) rounding out the Canadian scores at the midway point of the championship.

Team Denmark (149-143—292), who began the day in 7th, counted an impressive second-round, 5-under 67 by 15-year old Line Hansen (76-67—143) to jump into a share of third with Italy (147-145—292) at 4-over with Spain (147-146—293) rounding out the top-five at 5-over.

Canada’s second team in the competition comprised of Jaclyn Lee (17) of Calgary (72-77—149), Selena Costabile (16) of Thornhill, Ont. (78-74—152) and Alisha Lau (14) of Richmond, B.C. (83-80—163) shot a team-total, 7-over 151 (150-151—301) are in 13th position at 13-over through 36 holes.

With her second-round 69, Liu (70-69—139) takes over the top spot on the individual leaderboard at 5-under, one shot better than her USA teammate Megan Khang (67-73—140). Canada’s Brooke Henderson (70-73—143) is tied for third with Denmark’s Line Hansen (76-67—143) at 1-under while Ireland’s Olivia Mehaffey (77-67—144) and Finland’s Anna Backman (71-73—144) are tied for fifth at even par 144.

The following are second-round team scores from the World Junior Girls Golf Championship at Angus Glen Golf Club (South Course / par 72 / 6,298 yards):

1. United States of America – Megan Khang, Angel Yin, Mika Liu, *137-141-278 -10
2. Canada 1 – Brooke Henderson, Naomi Ko, Grace St-Germain, *144-146-290 +2
3. Italy – Lucrezia Colombotto Rosso, Martina Flori, Carlotta Ricolfi, *147-145-292 +4
3. Denmark – Puk Thomsen, Line Hansen, Marie Lund-Hansen, *149-143-292 +4
5. Spain – Nuria Iturrios Servera, Alejandra Pasarin Olalla, Ana Pelaez Trivino, *147-146-293 +5
6. Sweden – Emma Svensson, Filippa Mork, Michaela Finn, *150-144-294 +6
6. Finland – Anna Backman, Ellinoora Moisio, Sandra Salonen, *145-149-294 +6
8. Belgium – Diane Baillieux, Clarisse Louis, Elodie Van Dievoet, *150-145-295 +7
8. Ireland – Mary Doyle, Olivia Mehaffey, Annabel Wilson, *155-140-295 +7
10. Czech Republic – Kristýna Frýdlová, Karolína Kohoutová, Hana Ryškova, *153-143-296 +8
11. England – India Clyburn, Alice Hewson, Inci Mehmet, *148-149-297 +9
12. Australia – Hannah Green, Karis Davidson, Soo Jin (Jenny) Lee, *154-145-299 +11
13. Canada 2 – Jaclyn Lee, Selena Costabile, Alisha Lau, *150-151-301 +13
14. New Zealand – Alanna Campbell, Julianne Alvarez, Wenyung Keh, *156-147-303 +15
15. Norway – Sandra Nordaas, Dorthea Charlotte Forbrigd, Renate Grimstad, *151-153-304 +16
16. Mexico – Isabella Fierro, Maria Fassi, Monica Dibildox Hassaf, *151-154-305 +17

The following are second-round individual scores from the World Junior Girls Golf Championship at Angus Glen Golf Club (South Course / par 72 / 6,298 yards):

1. Mika Liu, United States of America, *70-69-139 -5
2. Megan Khang, United States of America, *67-73-140 -4
3. Brooke Henderson, Canada 1, *70-73-143 -1
3. Line Hansen, Denmark, *76-67-143 -1
5. Olivia Mehaffey, Ireland, *77-67-144 E
5. Anna Backman, Finland, *71-73-144 E
7. Hana Ryškova, Czech Republic, *74-71-145 +1
7. Angel Yin, United States of America, *73-72-145 +1
9. Martina Flori, Italy, *76-70-146 +2
9. Emma Svensson, Sweden, *76-70-146 +2
9. Ana Pelaez Trivino, Spain, *73-73-146 +2
12. Clarisse Louis, Belgium, *74-73-147 +3
12. Grace St-Germain, Canada 1, *74-73-147 +3
14. Michaela Finn, Sweden, *74-74-148 +4
14. Alejandra Pasarin Olalla, Spain, *74-74-148 +4
16. Carlotta Ricolfi, Italy, *74-75-149 +5
16. Elodie Van Dievoet, Belgium, *77-72-149 +5
16. Jaclyn Lee, Canada 2, *72-77-149 +5
16. India Clyburn, England, *72-77-149 +5
16. Puk Thomsen, Denmark, *73-76-149 +5
21. Karis Davidson, Australia, *77-73-150 +6
21. Hannah Green, Australia, *78-72-150 +6
23. Renate Grimstad, Norway, *78-73-151 +7
23. Wenyung Keh, New Zealand, *76-75-151 +7
23. Kristýna Frýdlová, Czech Republic, *79-72-151 +7
23. Alice Hewson, England, *78-73-151 +7
23. Mary Doyle, Ireland, *78-73-151 +7
28. Selena Costabile, Canada 2, *78-74-152 +8
28. Diane Baillieux, Belgium, *76-76-152 +8
28. Inci Mehmet, England, *76-76-152 +8
28. Alanna Campbell, New Zealand, *80-72-152 +8
32. Lucrezia Colombotto Rosso, Italy, *73-80-153 +9
32. Sandra Nordaas, Norway, *73-80-153 +9
34. Isabella Fierro, Mexico, *76-78-154 +10
34. Soo Jin (Jenny) Lee, Australia, *77-77-154 +10
34. Nuria Iturrios Servera, Spain, *81-73-154 +10
37. Filippa Mork, Sweden, *81-75-156 +12
37. Naomi Ko, Canada 1, *77-79-156 +12
37. Sandra Salonen, Finland, *74-82-156 +12
40. Annabel Wilson, Ireland, *82-76-158 +14
40. Ellinoora Moisio, Finland, *82-76-158 +14
42. Julianne Alvarez, New Zealand, *80-79-159 +15
42. Marie Lund-Hansen, Denmark, *79-80-159 +15
44. Monica Dibildox Hassaf, Mexico, *84-76-160 +16
45. Maria Fassi, Mexico, *75-87-162 +18
46. Alisha Lau, Canada 2, *83-80-163 +19
47. Dorthea Charlotte Forbrigd, Norway, *84-83-167 +23
48. Karolína Kohoutová, Czech Republic, *86-98-184 +40

NOTES FROM ROUND 2:

• Team Canada’s Brooke Henderson had an especially large gallery Monday at Angus Glen Golf Club as a charter bus filled with 45 high school classmates made the 3 ½ hour drive from Smiths Falls, Ont. to cheer on the world’s no. 1 ranked amateur golfer.
• Angus Glen’s 10th hole – a 380-yard par 4 – as well as the 388-yard par 4, 4th hole played as the most difficult holes on Monday, with players averaging more than half (0.6) a stroke above par (4.6).
• The 485-yard, par 5, 16th hole played as the easiest hole on Monday, -0.32 strokes below par.
• Team Denmark’s Line Hansen leads the field in birdies with 10 through 36 holes including 6 today.
• Monday’s low round of 5-under 67 was shared by Denmark’s Line Hansen and Ireland’s Olivia Mehaffey.
• Monday’s second-round scoring included 2 eagles; 109 birdies; 542 pars; 167 bogies; 31 double bogies; and 13 other scores.
• The average second-round score among the 48 competitors was 75.25, down from the opening-round scoring average of 76.34.
• Weather in Markham, Ont. today: High of 22°, low of 13° (Celsius). Calm conditions with winds up gusting up to 5km/h.
• Angus Glen Golf Club is hosting the World Junior Girls Golf Championship as a test event for the 2015 golf competition of the TORONTO 2015 Pan Am Games. The Pan Am Games will run July 10-26, 2015 with the golf competition running July 16-19, 2015.
• Spectator admission as well as parking at Angus Glen Golf Club is free all week

Source: Golf Canada

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