If there was any question about Brooke Henderson’s readiness for next week’s United States Women’s Open at Pinehurst #2 then Friday’s round at the Women’s Porter Cup cleared it up.
The 16 year-old Team Canada member from Smiths Falls, Ontario had her full arsenal of skills on display in the third and final round of the championship. A final round of 62, allowing her to overcome a massive deficit.
The unbelievable round was more than she needed as she ultimately won the tournament by a three stroke margin over 36-hole leader Jennifer Ha of Calgary.
Henderson opened the tournament with an uncharacteristic 75 over the historic A.W. Tillinghast-designed Niagara Falls Golf & Country Club in Lewiston, New York, and closed the gap on the leader with a 68 on day two.
That still left her nine strokes back of leader Ha and most would have written off Henderson’s chances of winning. Except her, of course.
Henderson, coming off a week where she made the cut at the Manulife Financial LPGA Classic, tore into the course with a blemish free 31 (-4) on the front nine and completed the comeback with a five under 31 on the home stretch (including eagles on the 11th and 17th holes).
Her 203 total was three better than that posted by Ha and Princess Superal of the Phillipines.
Henderson’s peers on Team Canada, Augusta James, of Bath, Ontario and Brittany Marchand of Minto, Ontario shared fourth place with a total score of 211.
Grace St-Germain of Ottawa finished at 226 (76-75-75).