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Henderson Drawing Attention in Vancouver

At the age of 11, Brooke Henderson, far left, was already picking up big golf wins. This week she plays in the CN Canadian Women's Open on the LPGA Tour (Flagstick File Photo)

If you’ve followed the pages of Flagstick over the last decade, you are well aware of the Henderson sisters.  In fact,there are more than 1,000 references to them on Flagstick.com alone.  The Smiths Falls siblings have been winning golf tournaments at a prodigious pace for years.  This week, though, is a little different.

While older sister Brittany, 21, garnered her share of national press through the year in winning multiple CJGA National titles, A Toronto Star Amateur last summer, and a Big South Conference Championship for Coastal Carolina earlier this Spring, this week is all about her 14 year-old sister, Brooke.

The younger Henderson has been winning national level titles since her first Future Links Championship at the age of 12, but outside of Eastern Ontario she has not seemed to draw as much reaction as she should.  That changed this past June when she became the youngest winner ever of a professional golf tournament with a victory on the CN Women’s Tour.  That qualified her for this week’s CN Canadian Women’s Open and put her face in the biggest media outlets in the country.

It’s no surprise then that her participation on the LPGA Tour this week in Vancouver, becoming the youngest to do so, is causing quite a buzz.

Here is a sampling of stories already written this week –

Iain MacIntyre – Vancouver Sun – ‘Precocious Henderson a Golfing Anomaly”

Monte Stewart – Canadian Press – “Smith Falls’ Brooke Henderson, 14, set to make Canadian Women’s Open history”

Ed Willes – Vancouver Province – “Not yet 15, golf sensation Brooke Henderson is mixing with her heroes”

Based on her past record we’ll bet it is just the start to the stories written about Brooke.  It’s well-deserved attention and we’re glad that all of Canada is finally taking notice.