A major Ottawa charity event, the Kevin Haime Kids To The Course Golf Classic, will have special guests for this year’s event. Those attending on May 10th at Eagle Creek Golf Club will not only spend the day raising funds for the Kevin Haime Junior Golf Initiative, but while they do they will have a chance to meet and mingle with Canada’s brightest golf star, Brooke Henderson. They will also get a bonus with the appearance of her sister and current caddy, Symetra Tour player Brittany Henderson. Both girls were stars in eastern Ontario during their junior careers and have carried that success into the world of professional golf.
The pair have teamed up so far this year to record four top-ten finishes across the LPGA and LET Tours at events in Florida, Australia, and Singapore.
Now playing on a world stage Brooke is exploding as a star on that platform. Even so she and the entire Henderson family remain grounded and close to their roots. That bond drove them to create their pro-am last year that raised money for local Smiths Falls charities, and, in partnership with equipment sponsor PING, to take part in this year’s Kevin Haime Kids To The Course Classic.
This is the 9th year for the Classic, which has provided 504 memberships for junior golfers to date at clubs around the National Capital Region.
Normally a sell-out, the addition of a future Olympian and LPGA winner is a nice touch for the day.
As a sponsor PING gets to have Brooke make a few appearances for them each year. Since they are already a major sponsor for the Kevin Haime event it made sense to combine the two, right here in the backyard of the Henderson family.
Haime shared with Flagstick.com, “Dave Wilson and everyone at PING have been such a great supporter of this program. With their help this appearance happened and we can’t thank them enough for what they do.”
The pro added, “Having the Henderson girls involved, both Brooke and Brittany, is tremendous. They’ve been incredible examples of what golf can bring you and what you can achieve through golf, both of them. Everything they and their family represent is what our Initiative represents.”
With Brooke being a lock to represent Canada this summer in the RIO Olympics, as golf returns to the competition, that only ramps up the level of excitement to have her in attendance.
“When you have a world phenom from your home region who decides to support what you are doing it can only lead to good things,” adds Haime, who says he is proud that kids involved in their program are not only doing things well on the golf course, but off as well. One of the first participants in the program, Nicholas Brisebois, recently signed a scholarship to attend Columbia University where he plans to study to become part of the medical profession.
Haime says the weight of a star like Henderson will be great for their event but he expects her real influence on the golf world is just getting started.
“I would argue that her impact on the women’s game can be incredibly impactful, not only for junior golf and golf in this region and Canada, but for the LPGA Tour. She has that level of talent and charisma.”
While the Kevin Haime Kids To The Classic is normally a sell-out the quiet word of the Henderson sisters attending this year upped the pace of sign-ups, according to Haime. It should be another record year for the tournament, good news for those taking part and for the junior golfers who benefit.
Who knows, there might be another future Brooke Henderson among them.