14-year-old wins pro event

Smiths Falls' Brooke Henderson, 14, shows off her trophies after winning a CN Canadian Women's Tour...

Smiths Falls' Brooke Henderson, 14, shows off her trophies after winning a CN Canadian Women's Tour professional event yesterday at the Beloeil Golf Club near Montreal. (YANNCANNO.COM/PHOTO)

TIM BAINES, QMI AGENCY

, Last Updated: 10:34 PM ET

Brooke Henderson will get a chance to swing against many of the world’s top women’s golfers.

And she’s only 14. So young ... and so good.

Henderson, from Smiths Falls, shot a 1-over 72 Wednesday in the second and final round of a CN Canadian Women’s Tour professional event at the Beloeil Golf Club, just east of Montreal, beating American LPGA Tour member Lisa Ferrero by two strokes, with a 139. Tuesday, Henderson shot a sizzling opening-round 67.

With the first-place finish, Henderson become the youngest qualifier ever for the LPGA’s CN Canadian Women’s Open, which will be held Aug. 23-26 in Coquitlam, B.C.

“I’m really excited. I’m really looking forward to playing (in Coquitlam),” said Henderson, who drives the ball 240 yards. “I was a little nervous. But I just go out there, try to play my game and see how it works out.”

It’s working out just fine, maybe just a shade under spectacular, these days.

A member of Golf Canada’s development team, Henderson will kick off a heavy summer of tournaments by playing in the British Amateur at Carnoustie June 26-30. She leaves next Friday.

“I am trying to keep improving. I’m working hard,” said Henderson, who says she’s a fan of LPGA star Morgan Pressel. “I watch (LPGA players). I’d love to be there someday.

“I just love the game of golf. There’s always a new challenge.”

Caps big week

Henderson, whose titles include the CN Future Links Ontario championship and the Ontario junior girls’ championship, both last year, started playing when she was six and moved to the competitive level when she was nine.

The victory caps off a big week for Henderson, who qualified for the U.S. junior girls’ championship at a tournament near Rochester, N.Y., on Sunday and won the Cataraqui field day women’s amateur event Friday in Kingston.

Earlier this year, Henderson tied for seventh at the first Canadian Women’s Tour event of the season.

tim.baines@sunmedia.ca


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