High winds and the occasional weather delay was no deterrent for Brooke Henderson’s play this week at the LPGA Volvik Championship in Ann Arbor, Michigan.
After two tournaments that yielded top 30 finishes the Smiths Falls, Ontario pro returned to her “usual” spot, the top ten.
The 18 year-old top-ranked Canadian used a one bogie 68 in tough scoring conditions on Sunday to push her way up the leaderboard. Despite only hitting six fairways in regulation she averaged 288 yards per drive off the tee and had just 28 putts.
With the weather challenges and a firm and fast golf course her score boosted her from a share of 9th place to start the day into a tie for 3rd place. Her 279 total (-9) consisted rounds of 72-67-72-68.
It was a significant result as it boosts her back into the top 10 for the Race For The CME Globe – the season long points race on the LPGA Tour. She is projected to jump from 11th all the way to 6th place as a result of the finish. She also added $75,987 to her year-long earnings.
It is her 9th top ten finish on the LPGA Tour in 2016.
“Yeah, overall it was a solid week,” said Henderson when asked about her performance. “It’s always nice to see your name up near the top of the leaderboard and it’s been a few weeks since that happened for me, so today was definitely a solid day for me. I missed some opportunities, but I also made up for a couple here on the back nine, so overall I’m happy.”
Ariya Jutanugarn was the winner in Michigan. She shot -15 to earn her 3rd straight LPGA victory.
The other Canadians making the cut – Sara Richdale and Anne-Catherine Tanguay, finished in a share of 60th and 65th, respectively.