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Augusta James shoots 63 to break Canadian Women's Amateur record and course mark

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WOODSTOCK, Ont. - Augusta James broke the Canadian Women's Amateur record and course mark Thursday with an 8-under 63 to take a six-stroke lead into the final round.

"It's maybe my second or third bogey-free round ever, I think it might be my first one in a tournament," James said. "It's always good to have one of those, you come so close sometimes and I'm happy that I could eliminate the big mistakes that would turn into bogeys or doubles."

James, from Bath, Ont., opened with a 5-under 30 on the front-nine that was highlighted by four straight birdies over the eighth, ninth, tenth and eleventh holes at Craigowan Golf and Country Club. Sitting at 12-under 201 for the championship, a win on Friday would be the biggest title of her career.

"I putted well but I hit the ball pretty close too, which made it a lot easier," James said. "I made a few putts that you don't expect to make everyday."

Brooke Henderson of Smiths Falls, Ont., and Australia's Su-Hyun Oh were tied for second. Henderson, the defending champion, had a 70, and Oh shot 67.

The winner will receive spots in the Canadian Women's Open and U.S. Women's Amateur.

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