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Canadians Brittany Marchand, Brooke Henderson in hunt at Thornberry Creek

Canadian Brittany Marchand is in the early hunt at the Thornberry Creek LPGA Classic.

The Orangeville, Ont., local opened with an Eight-under 64 to take a seat in a tie for 3rd, two photographs again of chief Katherine Kirk of Australia on Thursday.

Marchand used to be 2 beneath at the flip, however birdied six of the seven ultimate holes to shoot up the leaderboard with a brand new private low rating at the LPGA. She carded 8 birdies and went bogey unfastened.

“(I) actually didn’t hit the ball great on the range, and I just tried to relax and not think about it. Then I kind of started out a little slow, but then the back nine I really started to hit the ball better and make a lot of putts,” stated Marchand. “So that was nice.”

Brooke Henderson of Smiths Falls, Ont., is true in the back of Marchand after a gap 65. Hamilton’s Alena Sharp and Maude-Aimee LeBlanc Sherbrooke, Que., opened with 72s.

“I’m really happy with it,” Henderson stated about her spherical. “Bunch of birdies out there, no bogeys. Just kind of got off to a good start and was able to go 4 under on the back, which really helped.”

Marchand made a hole-in-one at the 17th in the outlet spherical at the KPMG Women’s PGA Championship final week to win a automobile. She struggled thru the following 3 rounds to complete Eight over, however believes she’s enjoying a few of her highest golfing at the instant.

“I think right now I’ve been feeling good about my game for quite a while. Just kind of little things here and there haven’t really got me to finish where I want to,” Marchand stated earlier than including final week’s event used to be stuffed with highs and lows. “I like to see rounds like [today] happen because I feel like I have them in me. It’s good for this to come out once in a while.”

Kirk, the protecting champion, carded 10 birdies en path to taking pictures 62. South Korea’s Sei Young Kim is 2d with a 63.

American Megan Khang matched Marchand with a 64.

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