Hague tops area junior golfers

Brooke Henderson of Smiths Falls, Ont. is this year’s 2012 Royale Cup Canadian Junior Girls champion at River Spirit Golf Club in Calgary, Alta.

Henderson, 14, led by six shots going into the final round of competition at the River Spirit Golf Club in Calgary, Alta., and with a 1-under par 71 on the day thanks to four birdies and three bogeys, she won by four shots over Brogan McKinnon, 17, of Mississauga, Ont. With under-par rounds throughout the tournament, Henderson ended up at 13-under par 275.

The top Golden Horseshoe golfer was Jenna Hague of Burlington. She tied for 24th with rounds of 75-75-76-85 for a 23 over par total of 311. Tied for 27th was Madison Easterbrook of Burlington. She had scores of 77-77-80-78 for a 312 total. Annika Haynes of Oakville finished 39th with a 321 total from rounds of 83-78-80-80. Georgetown’s Samantha Spencer was 44th posting a 323 from 85-78-78 and 82 scores.

Alanna Haynes of Oakville did not finish.

In the juvenile division, Easterbrook finished 12th; Haynes was 16th; and Spencer was 18th.

With a 3-under par 69 on the day, McKinnon made a charge for top spot, but in the end she finished in second place at 9-under par 275.

In third place, Henderson’s Team Canada teammate Jisoo Keel, 16, of Coquitlam, B.C. finished at 1-over par 289, while fellow Team Canada member Taylor Kim, 17, of Surrey, B.C. ended up in fourth position at 4-over par 292.

Earlier in the week, Henderson was part of the winning Inter-provincial Division Team as a member of Team Ontario. Due to her age, she also wins Royale Cup Canadian Junior Girls Juvenile Division (17 years and under) title. Keel came in second in the that division, while Naomi Ko, 14, of Victoria, B.C. finished in third at 16-over par 304.

In June of this year, Henderson became the youngest known golfer to win a professional golf event at the Quebec stop of the CN Canadian Women’s Tour, and later this year she will compete at the CN Canadian Women’s Open at Vancouver Golf Club in Coquitlam, B.C.

With this Royale Cup Canadian Junior Girls Championship win, Henderson earns an exemption into to the 2013 Royale Cup Canadian Women’s Amateur Championship, as well as each of the 2013 CN Canadian Women’s Tour events.