Brooke Henderson Receives Major Invitation

Brooke Henderson will play in the 2014 Kraft Nabisco Championship as an invited amateur
Brooke Henderson will play in the 2014 Kraft Nabisco Championship as an invited amateur
Brooke Henderson will play in the 2014 Kraft Nabisco Championship as an invited amateur

2013 Canadian Women’s Amateur Champion Brooke Henderson of Smiths Falls will get her second chance to play in a Major Championship much sooner than expected.

On Monday the sixteen year-old revealed to Flagstick that she has received and accepted an invitation to play in the first LPGA Major of the year, the Kraft Nabisco Championship.

Henderson,who recently have a verbal commitment to the University of Florida, said she is excited about the chance to play in another major after playing in the United States Women’s Open Championship in 2013. In that tournament, one of her three LPGA Tour appearances during the year, she made the cut and tied for 59th place.

Just like at the U.S Women’s Open she will have a familiar face as a partner for the week, older sister Brittany will be her caddy at the Mission Hills Country Club in Rancho Mirage, California from March 31 – April 6.

The pair have been enjoying some tournament play in Florida of late where each has been faring well in a number of Suncoast Tour events.

Brittany, a two-time Big South Conference Champion at Coastal Carolina University, is now a club professional who has been plying her trade in the United States but is in the process of returning to work in her home country as member of the PGA of Canada.

Brooke is coming off a key amateur victory, the South Atlantic Amateur in Florida.  She won “The Sally” in January.

Currently the #7 ranked women’s amateur golfer in the world, Brooke is planning a return to Florida in just over week for another tournament appearance.

An official announcement from the Tournament Director of the Kraft Nabisco Championship is expected soon.  Each year the championship invites some of the top amateurs in the world.  Among the invites in 2013 was New Zealand’s Lydia Ko, the 2-time defending Canadian Women’s Open Champion who recently turned professional.

It was in 2012 that Brooke Henderson beat out Lydia Ko’s record to become the youngest ever winner of a professional golf tournament. Henderson was 14 years, 9 months, and 3 days old when she won an event on the CN Canadian Women’s Tour. Ko was two days older when she won New South Wales Open that same year.