You only had to look as far as social media to understand the impact 16 year-old Brooke Henderson made this past week. On Sunday Twitter was buzzing with her name and praise for her game as the Team Canada member played the final round of the LPGA Kraft Nabisco Championship.
While Lexi Thompson was dominating the day and winning the championship, Henderson was fighting it out for low amateur honours after opening with rounds of 77, 68, and 70. She started the final round in a tie for 19th.
In the end the defending Canadian Women’s Amateur Champion from Smiths Falls, Ontario missed two short putts on the closing holes that would have tied her for low amateur honours. She signed for a final round 74. She had to settle for 2nd among the non-pros and a tie for 26th overall in her second major championship appearance.
The finish will earn her quality world ranking points and possibly push her up from her current #6 in the world position when the new rankings are released this week. That was part of her goal for the event.
In the meantime, with a few glances of her game on the international broadcast and compliments flowing from announcers like World Hall of Fame member Judy Rankin, the eastern Ontario teen has been pushed into an even bigger spotlight than ever. It’s attention she definitely deserves.