While watching the 15-year old Canadian play the final hole of her first round at the U.S. Open Thursday, former LPGA pro June Staton made a bold statement.
"With her mechanics, she could be the No. 1 player in the world," Staton said of Brooke Henderson. "She's got the mechanics for it. And she's got unbelievable hands."
After her stint on the tour in the 1980s, Staton became the first woman head pro in metropolitan New York. Three years ago she moved to Ottawa, and she is now a teaching pro at Anderson Links.
She doesn't know Henderson, but she knows talent.
Staton and Kathy Keely, an Ottawa paediatrician, are two of the non-family members at Sebonack Golf Club strictly to follow Henderson. Keely played against a 13-year old Brooke in an Eastern Provinces match-up at Cataraqui Golf and Country Club in Kingston.