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Brooke Henderson is shot-in-arm for Canadian Golf!

Brooke Henderson is shot-in-arm for Canadian Golf!

Brooke Henderson is shot-in-arm for Canadian Golf!

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Brooke Henderson leads her own ‘Grow-the game’ charge for women’s golf in Canada.

At 17 years, Henderson is not old enough to be a member of the LPGA Tour but has played several events on sponsor exemptions.

She finished third at the Swinging Skirts Classic in April ’15, having missed a play-off by one stroke. Henderson also stood out at the Volunteers of America North Texas Shootout, where she led midway and finally finished in the 13th spot.

Recently, her play in the LPGA Kingsmill Championship netted her a 25th place finish. She has already accepted sponsor exemptions for 3 more LPGA events.

Besides her phenomenal skills at only 17 years of age, this player also exudes a great personality. Kim Valleau, co-ordinator of the junior girl’s program at Calgary Elks Golf Club, says about Brooke, “I think she’s going to be the one that Junior girls look up to in Canadian golf. She’s so well-composed on the course, too, from what I’ve seen.”

Henderson is getting TV press, and she has a prolific presence all over social media. Wes Gilbertson of the Toronto Sun gives us the latest scoop!

Brooke Henderson is shot-in-arm for Canadian Golf!

Brooke Henderson hits a shot during the final round of the 2015 Volunteers of America North Texas Shootout Presented at Las Colinas Country Club earlier this month in Irving, Texas.

Let’s get the bad news out of the way right now!

Brooke Henderson won’t be teeing it up at a Canadian Women’s Tour stop next week at Glencoe Golf & Country Club.

The good news is the teen phenom from Smiths Falls, Ont., will instead be preparing for another start on the LPGA Tour, and with every high-def appearance on Golf Channel, there’s growing excitement about the impact she’ll eventually have on would-be birdie-machines from across the Great White North.

“I think there will start to be more Canadians watching the LPGA just to see how she’s doing, and if you get moms and dads sitting down with their girls to follow Brooke because she’s doing well, that’s just going to inspire that next generation,” said Matt Rollins, the executive director for Alberta Golf. “I think that’s important for them to have that hero.”

There was optimism a couple of months back that Henderson could be in the field for the Canadian Women’s Tour shootout in Calgary.

Brooke Henderson is shot-in-arm for Canadian Golf!

The two-day tourney runs next Tuesday-Wednesday on Glencoe’s Meadows loop — but that was before the 17-year-old star-in-the-making took the LPGA Tour by storm.

Henderson finished third at the Swinging Skirts Classic last month, missing out on a playoff by just one stroke, and was leading at the midway mark of the Volunteers of America North Texas Shootout before fading to 13th.

This weekend, she climbed several rungs on the leaderboard in Sunday’s final round en route to a 25th-place showing at the Kingsmill Championship.

Although she’s too young to officially join the LPGA Tour, Henderson has already accepted sponsor exemptions for the next three events, including the ShopRite Classic next week in Atlantic City, N.J.

Her upcoming schedule also includes the Manulife Classic from June 4-7 in Cambridge, Ont.

To see the rest of Wes Gilbertson’s great article on Brooke Henderson, click here.

Source: Toronto Sun Wes Gilbertson

Pictures: Toronto Sun   James Emery Photography   

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