Sixteen-year old Brooke Henderson is enjoying her performance at the Canadian Pacific Women’s Open. The fans love her and the newest teen phenom to take to the LPGA’s big stage, safely beyond the cut line and starting the weekend at three-under par, is getting comfortable with the media attention. Move over, Charley Hull and Lydia Ko. You have company!
Henderson, who carded a 1st round 70 and a 2nd round 71, is one of four Canadians to make the cut at the Open, along with Jennifer Kirby, who starts the weekend at five-under, amateur Jennifer Ha, who’s alongside Henderson at three-under, and Sue Kim, who’s squeaked past the cut at -1.
Henderson’s previously missed the cut at the Canadian Open so playing the weekend this year is particularly sweet.
It’s awesome, because when I was out here at 14, I was pretty nervous and didn’t really know anybody. Now, I know quite a few of the pros and they know me. I’m more comfortable in the big setting . . . Brooke Henderson
Henderson’s been steadily building her resume and gaining experience and she looks ready for the challenge. She finished the 2013 US Women’s Open T59th, then came back in 2014 and rocketed up almost fifty spots on the board, finishing at T10th. In between she claimed 2013 championships at the Royale Cup Canadian Women’s Amateur, the Spirit Invitational and the Junior Orange Bowl and then rolled over into 2014 with victories at the South Atlantic Ladies Amateur, the Scott Robinson Memorial Tournament, and the Porter Cup.
Henderson’s paired with Lexi Thompson and Jennifer Rosales for Saturday’s third round at the Canadian Women’s Open. Does she feel intimidated being paired with one of the Tour’s Big Bombers? “I love a challenge,” Henderson says. With long-time family friend Bunk Lee on her bag, Henderson feels like she’ll have no trouble staying focused on the business at hand this weekend.
To the inevitable questions about turning pro, Henderson remains constant in her response. The Team Canada member who’s increasingly taking the spotlight in women’s amateur golf is looking forward to continuing her amateur career at the collegiate level and plans to attend the University of Florida.