It’s a very Happy Canada Day for Brooke Henderson. The 17 year-old golf pro from Smiths Falls has received a special exemption to play in the Ricoh British Women’s Open.
The major championship will be played on July 30-August 2 at Trump Turnberry Resort, Scotland.
The invitation comes from the Championship Committee who released this statement on the tournament website. “Seventeen year old Canadian Brooke Henderson turned professional at the end of 2014 and, with only limited playing rights, has stormed up the rankings and currently sits at No.46 on the Rolex Rankings. Henderson’s impressive professional debut has resulted in the Championship Committee awarding her a special exemption into the 2015 Championship.”
As a non-member of the LPGA Tour, Henderson is deep into her quest to earn status on the LPGA Tour, including the opportunity to earn the equivalent of the top 40 player on the money list. That would bring with it membership for 2016. Currently she is likely about $130,000 shy of what she will need to earn and another start in a major championship is just what she needs to boost her LPGA schedule. She only had starts in the U.S. Women’s Open and the CP Canadian Women’s Open left until this announcement. The Ricoh British Women’s Open has a (USD) $3 million purse.
Henderson commented, “I am so excited to play in my first Ricoh Women’s British Open and I am very grateful to the Championship Committee for granting me this opportunity. I played in the 2012 Ladies British Amateur at Carnoustie and I absolutely loved visiting Scotland so I am super excited to be heading back there again. I really enjoyed the different challenges of playing links golf in Scotland and, now that I have gained a little more experience, I think I will enjoy it even more. I can’t wait to get to the Trump Turnberry Resort.”
Henderson won two weeks ago on the Symetra Tour where she petitioned and was granted membership status. She is currently is preparing for the Tullymore Classic on that tour which begins July 3 in Stanwood, Michigan.