Thursday, February 25, 2016

Canadian-Scot Henderson sharing lead in 

Aussie Ladies Masters 

Two of the most exciting young female players in world golf will share the lead heading into day 2 of the 2016 RACV Ladies Masters at Royal Pines Resort on Australia'sGold Coast.
Canadian-Scot Brooke Mackenzie Henderson (pictured), 18, and 22 year old Nicole Broch Larsen from Denmark are without question two of the most talented young players on the world stage, and if the weekend shapes up as it is looking currently the 2016 version of the RACV Ladies Masters could end up being one of the most fiercely competitive in recent history. 

The young stars both shot rounds of 6 under par 67 to share the lead with Frenchwoman Marion Ricordeau
Ontario-born Henderson, who is proud of her middle name of Mackenzie which denotes her Scottish ancestry,  was out of the blocks quickly after her 7:15am start this morning.
She made birdies at each of her first three holes from the 10th, and made further birdies at par 5 15th and 18th to make the turn in 5 under par 32. 
A further birdie at the 1st saw Henderson go to six under par through ten holes. However a stumble at the par 4 6th hole where she missed the fairway and made bogey sent her back to 5 under, before yet another birdie at the par 5 9th hole saw her in the clubhouse lead at 6 under par. 
Henderson was delighted with her start. 
“Yes. It's a great start to this tournament because I'm normally kind of leaving it to the last minute to climb the leader board. It's a good start and I hit the ball extremely well today and was able to capitalise on quite a few birdie opportunities. So, hopefully I will continue to do that in the next three days,” she said.
Broch Larsen, from Hillerod in Denmark, is the third highest ranked player in the Rolex Rankings competing this week behind Henderson and former world number 1 Jiyai Shin at 69.
In her third season on the Ladies European Tour the talented young Dane was obviously delighted with her round, and despite playing with an injured hand was not surprised by her strong form today

 “I feel like my game is getting better and better going these three weeks down here in Australia and so, no. it is not out of the blue. With my preparation yesterday, I didn't really know what to expect because I couldn't really practise and I didn't know how bad this hand was today but it was a good round even though I started with a bogey” said Larsen.
The Dane had not been sure if she would be able to play this week after she struck her hand on a ceiling fan earlier in the week. An ex-ray had assured her that there isnothing broken and though still swollen, Broch Larsen was able to play with her hand heavily bandaged and was relieved just to be able to play
"No, it is not painful. I can hit and I can play,” she said.
Broch Larsen, who broke through for her first LET win at the Gothenburg Masters last year was happy her recent hard work had paid dividends today

” I was not happy with the way my 2015 season ended, I struggled with my swing a little bit but have worked really hard in my off season and it felt really solid today.
" I have also been working really hard on my short game, normally I'm quite a good ball striker but I can definitely earn a lot of strokes in my wedge and short game. Today I had three up and downs from the bunker and two good saves outside the greens.
Ricordeau’s blemish free round was comfortably the best of the afternoon starters, no doubt she will be hoping for similar conditions to this morning when she tees off the tenth tee at 8:05 tomorrow morning.
One stroke behind the leaders is a group of four players at 5 under par including former world number one Jiyai Shin.
The early starters today certainly made the best of the benign morning conditions, while the afternoon starters had to contend with a moderate northerly breeze which dried the greens out making them much firmer than for the morning wave.
Other notable scores;
Jiyai Shin 68
Stacey Keating  69
Su Oh 71
Rebecca Kay (a) 71
Cheyenne Woods 75
Laura Davies 76



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