It was almost a perfect day for 13 year-old Brooke Henderson of Smiths Falls. Almost, because despite qualifying for the Match Play portion of the United States Women’s Amateur Championship in Rhode Island, her older sister Brittany’s bid to join her fell apart right at the end.
After posting 72 in her second round of qualifying to put her in a tie for 45th place Brooke was assured a spot in the top 64 that made it to match play starting Wednesday. Unfortunately, at the same time, her 20 year-old sister was struggling.
Brittany, a student at Coastal Carolina University who is working as a PGA Intern at the Malone Golf Club this summer, shot 1 over par, 72, during the first 18 holes of qualifying but had the wheels come of a bit in her second go at the tricky Rhode Island Country Club golf course. An opening nine of 39 that included a triple bogey dropped her down the leaderboard early in her day but she was still in good position to make the cut for match play with just three holes to play. By the time she reached her last hole, a tough par four, she needed a par or better to assure her spot in match play alongside her little sister.
Unfortunately a bogey pushed her into a five-way playoff that she did not survive, leaving just one sister in the running for one of the most prestigious titles in golf.
Brooke, already the winner of the Ontario Future Links Championship, Ontario Junior Championship, and Eastern Provinces Championship this year, will tee off in her opening match at 12:10 on Wednesday. She will face #18 seed Gabriella Then of California.
Other Canadians advancing to match play include Jennifer Kirby, Christine Wong, Jessica Wallace, and Brianna Cooper. Cooper has an Eastern Ontario connection as her parents are originally from the Deep River area. They now reside in Kincardine, Ontario.
Twelve Canadians originally qualified for the stroke-play portion of the championship.
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