A late double bogey kept her out of the top 15 but Brooke Henderson still got her 2016 LPGA campaign off to a credible start.
The eighteen year-old Canadian from Smiths Falls ended up in a share for 21st place at the Pure Silk Bahamas LPGA Classic. It was a tournament she had to qualify for in 2015 but did not have that to worry about this year thanks to LPGA membership earned through her win last year in Portland.
With older sister Brittany as caddy, Henderson posted rounds of 71,72,70, and 70 on Paradise Island for a -9 total on the par 73 layout.
That left her 9 shots back of winner Hyo Joo Kim.
Henderson was -5 for the day through 14 holes on Sunday before a double bogey on the par 5, 15th hole put halt to her charge up the leaderboard.
In total she recorded 17 birdies for the week and had a driving average north of 288 yards – signs her game is in decent form. She earned $13,849 for her finish.
Fellow Canadian Maude-Aimee Leblanc and Alena Sharp finished t-31 and t-38, respectively, in the Bahamas.
Next up for Brooke is the Coates Golf Championship in Ocala, Florida. It will be played this week at the Golden Ocala Golf & Equestrian Club. As of Monday she was one of three Canadians in the field which also included Maude-Aimee Leblanc (Sherbrooke, QC) and Alena Sharp (Hamilton, ON).
Five other Canadians are playing in the Monday qualifier.