On the eve of her first LPGA start in the Bahamas it was revealed today that Brooke Henderson of Smiths Falls, Ontario will get a start on the Ladies European Tour in Australia next month.
The 18 year-old pro will tee it up at the RACV Ladies Masters at the RACV Royal Pines Resort from February 25-28. It falls on the schedule the week after the LPGA sanctioned ISPS Handa Australian Women’s Open.
Bob Tuohy, the Tournament Chairman, is excited to have the 17th ranked golfer in his field – at an event known for helping raise the profile of up and coming stars in the game.
“Brooke Henderson is a sensational player,” said Touhy. “We are delighted she is playing at RACV Royal Pines Resort.”
“The Ladies Masters has long been a stepping-stone for golf’s future stars,” Tuohy continued. “We have a reputation for unearthing new faces that have plenty of golfing ability.
“Karrie Webb played her first professional event at Royal Pines and went on to become the world’s best player. Then there was Annika Sorenstam, who won here in 1995 and again in 2002 and 2004.
“We introduced Yani Tseng in 2010 as an amateur and a year later she won the tournament. Lorena Ochoa was another who played in the event before becoming the world’s top ranked player.
“New Zealand’s Lydia Ko played in the event before she became the best player in the world and Minjee Lee finished runner-up as an amateur in 2014.”
Henderson is equally delighted to be headed to be headed on another foreign adventure to pursue her craft.
Henderson said she was thrilled to be playing in the event. “This will be my first time visiting Australia and seeing the Gold Coast,” she said. “I have heard wonderful things about the event, golf course and the resort.”