14-year-old breezes to golf win

Amateur Brooke Henderson, 14, of Smiths Falls, Ont., a member of Team Canada’s Development Squad, carded a final round 1-over 72 to capture the season’s second CN Canadian Women’s Tour event at Club de golf Beloeil in Beloeil, Que., on Wednesday (June 13).

Hamilton’s Ashley Sholer finished 32nd after rounds of 76 and 77 left her with a final score of 153 and 11-over par. She was the only area competitor in the event.

Henderson, who entered final round play with a single stroke lead after posting an opening-round 4-under 67 on Tuesday, converted four birdies on the day to close the tournament with a 36-hole tally of 3-under 139, besting LPGA Tour member Lisa Ferrero of Lodi, Calif. by two strokes for the victory.
With her CN Canadian Women’s Tour win, Henderson earns an exemption into the 2012 CN Canadian Women’s Open which will be held at the Vancouver Golf Club in Coquitlam, B.C. from Aug. 20-26. She also took home top amateur honors as well.

With the exemption, Henderson – who will compete at the Vancouver Golf Club as a 14-year old this August – appears to be the youngest player ever to participate in Canada’s National Women’s Open Championship according to the records held at the Canadian Golf Hall of Fame. The previous youngest player to compete was teen sensation and current LPGA Tour player Lexi Thompson, who played in the 2010 CN Canadian Women’s Open when she was 15. The youngest player ever to compete in an LPGA event was Beverly Klass who played the 1967 Dallas Civitan Open as a 10-year-old.

The season’s final CN Canadian Women’s Tour event is scheduled for June 25-27 at Legends on the Niagara in Niagara Falls, Ont. The event feature a $60,000 (CAD) purse, with $10,000 (CAD) awarded to the winner, along with a champion’s exemption into the 2012 CN Canadian Women’s Open.

Players competing on the Tour also earn points towards the CN Canadian Women’s Tour Order of Merit. The player with the most points at the end of the season earns the Jocelyne Bourassa Player of the Year Award. The top three players on the CN Canadian Women’s Tour season-ending Order of Merit will be awarded direct entry into Stage 2 of LPGA Qualifying School. All entry fees will be paid for Stage 2 and, if applicable, Stage 3 (up to a value of $4,000 each).

In addition, the top two competitors on the season-ending Order of Merit not otherwise exempt also earn entry into the 2012 CN Canadian Women’s Open.