Team Canada came out strong in round one of the Women’s Western Golf Association (WWGA) Championship. Amateur Squad’s Jaclyn Lee and Development Squad’s Mary Parsons hold shares of fourth place at even par through 18 holes at River Grove Country Club in Elmhurst, Ill.
Lee and Parsons carded opening rounds of 72 (E) on Monday to sit one stroke behind leaders Sophia Schubert (Oak Ridge, Tenn.), Hannah Kim (Evanston, Ill.), and Emily White (Saline, Mich.) who are leading the way at 1 under par.
A sophomore at Ohio State University, Lee (Calgary, Alta.) helped the Buckeyes reach the match-play quarter-finals of the NCAA Championship this season, leading Ohio State with a season stroke average of 73.71.
Delta, B.C., native and Team Canada rookie Mary Parsons won the Future Links, driven by Acura Pacific Championship in May – successfully defending her 2016 title. The 18-year-old has committed to attend the University of Indiana in the fall.
Ottawa’s Grace St-Germain – the fourth member of the Team Canada Amateur Squad in Elmhurst this week – is T18 at 3 over par (75) along side Development Squad’s Monet Chun (Richmond Hill, Ont.). One stroke behind them is Maddie Szeryk’s 15-year-old sister Ellie who is T26.
Jessica Ip (Richmond Hill, Ont.), Valerie Tanguay (Saint-Hyacinthe, Que.) and Development Squad member Chloe Currie (Missisauga, Ont.) are T42 (+6).
After 36 holes the low-64 qualifiers will advance to the match-play portion of the tournament.
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