Brooke to Perfection
Becoming the youngest ever player (at 14) to win a Professional event in Canada, Brooke Henderson realised she could mix it with the best. "After, I won a Pro event and become the youngest ever to win a professional event, I thought if I continued to work hard and be better I may have a chance of doing this (Golf) as a career," Henderson said. Henderson is still just 18 years old and it’s a matter of when not how as to when she reaches the top ten as she visits Australia for the first time in the Australian Open. In fact the Canadian is keen to go all the way and take the number one spot away from female golfs current superstar Lydia Ko. So how does it feel to be the world number 12 at just 18 years of age? "Pretty Cool," Henderson smiled. “My World ranking has moved down significantly over the last year, almost 200 spots. "I know I have a long climb ahead of me with eleven spots still to go." And when asked if she can reach the prestigious number one position in the world? "Absolutely," she says.
She became the third youngest winner on the LPGA Tour at 17 years, 11 months and 6 days following Lydia Ko and Lexi Thompson. Carrying her bag for the Australian Open will be her sister and Symetra Tour player Brittany Henderson who will caddy for her this season. "Yea, Brit is going to caddy for me this week here in Adelaide," Henderson said. "She is also going to caddy for me, most likely, for the rest of the year or so - another 30 events or so. “I love having her on my bag and being able to travel around the globe with her." At her age Henderson already realizes that she is carving out a career playing the game she loves which many people don't have the opportunity to do. "Every day I get to wake up and do something that I love to do," she explained. "Many people have to wait to retire to be on the golf course and I have that opportunity each and every day." Coached by her father Dave Henderson, who was also a talented golfer and hockey player she is grateful for his support both as a coach and a father. "My dad was a very good golfer back when he was younger," Henderson said. "He now coaches both my sister and I. “We are very blessed to have him as a coach." Henderson was also a former hockey goal tender (Goal keeper) for seven years before golf took away her time. What's more refreshing is that she is determined to make her game even better and won't relax until she has. " I would like to be better and stronger every day and be the best that I can be," Henderson said. "I'm determined to set goals and chase after them. "Also, to make a difference in the World inside of golf and outside of it.
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