16-year-old Canadian Henderson turns heads at U.S. Women's Open

Amateur Brooke Henderson of Canada poses with the Low Amateur medal alongside her sister/caddie...

Amateur Brooke Henderson of Canada poses with the Low Amateur medal alongside her sister/caddie Brittany after the final round of the 69th U.S. Women's Open at Pinehurst Resort & Country Club, Course No. 2 on June 22, 2014 in Pinehurst, North Carolina. (Scott Halleran/Getty Images/AFP)

TIM MCKAY, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 10:01 PM ET

Sixteen-year-old Brooke Henderson had two goals in mind going into the U.S. Womens’ Open: Make the cut and then make her way up the leaderboard during the weekend at a brutally tough Pinehurst No. 2.

Lofty goals, indeed, for the young Canadian amateur from Smiths Falls, Ont. But not only did Henderson achieve those ambitions Sunday, she exceeded them, finishing with a top-10 and winning the low-amateur honours by three strokes over the world’s top amateur, Minjee Lee.

With a closing round of 69 on Sunday, Henderson finished in a three-way tie for 10th, becoming one of the bigger stories in a tournament that was all about age. After 11-year-old Lucy Li missed the cut and 53-year old Juli Inkster’s bid to become the oldest major winner (male or female) in the history of the game fizzled, Henderson climbed the leaderboard and got into the clubhouse with a 1-under par 69, seven strokes behind champion Michelle Wie, the only woman under par.


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