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June 12, 2014

Canadians share Women's Porter Cup first-round lead.

Tonawanda News — A pair of Canadians share the lead heading into the second round of the Women’s Porter Cup, which resumes this morning at Niagara Falls Country Club.

In fact, after one round of play five of the top ten competitors hail from across the border. Two of them, Jennifer Ha and Brittany Marchand, share the lead after both shot 69 Wednesday.

One of those Canadians in the top ten also represents the only golfer from the immediate Niagara area. Kendra Bishop of Niagara Falls, Ontario, enters today’s second round in eighth place after shooting a 72 in the first round.

Four golfers finished Wednesday in a tie for third, just one strike behind the two leaders, at 70. These include another international golfer, 17-year-old Princess Superal of the Philippines.

“Apparently she is just globally one of the prodigies of golf,” said Women’s Porter Cup tournament director Brian Oakley in an interview with the Gazette prior to the start of the tournament. “She’s got another player with her, Paulina Del Rosario ... Their golf coach brought them, and he said these are two of the best we’ve ever out of the Philippines.”

Del Rosario didn’t fare as well as her Filipino teammate, shooting a 77 Wednesday.

Brooke Henderson, the Smith Falls, Ont. native who is ranked third in the world among amateur women golfers, is in the middle of the pack but just six shots off the leaders with her opening-round score of 75.

One of Lewiston’s two teenaged competitors, Maren Cippola, is seven shots behind Ha and Marchand. The NFCC women’s club champ shot a 76 on Wednesday. 

Fellow Lewiston teen Victoria Parker, meanwhile, fell farther behind the opening-round leaders with her Wednesday round of 87. Parker will tee off among the second trio this morning at 7:40 a.m. Cippola, meanwhile, will tee off at 9 a.m.

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