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Kirby early leader at CN Canadian Women's Tour Quebec

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The Canadian Press
6/11/2013 9:40:36 PM
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COWANSVILLE, Que. -- Jennifer Kirby of Paris, Ont., made her professional debut by firing an opening round 3-under 69 on Tuesday to take a one shot lead at the CN Canadian Women's Tour Quebec.

Kirby carded four birdies in extremely tough rainy conditions.

Rain fell steady throughout the day and play was suspended due to unplayable course conditions. When play resumed, Kirby had one hole remaining in her round.

"I played pretty well today, I was pretty patient because I knew it would be a long day," said Kirby. "I really didn't know how many holes we were going to get in either, so I just tried my best on each hole."

Heading into Wednesday's final round, Kirby leads by a stroke over Samantha Richdale of Kelowna, B.C. Richdale was the only other player to break par, with a 2-under 70.

Playing alongside Richdale, defending champion Brooke Henderson, 15, of Smiths Falls, Ont., posted an opening round even-par 72.

Americans Lauren Mielbrecht and Elise Swartout had rounds of 73.

Jisoo Keel of Coquitlam, B.C., Brittany Marchand of Orangeville, Ont., and Augusta James of Bath, Ont., are at 2-over along with Emily Childs of the United States.

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