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Brooke Henderson growing the game of golf

Canadian Brooke Henderson signs autographs for fans at the Manulife LPGA Classic (Sept. 2, 2016). Photo: Blair Adams - 570 News

She was the biggest draw at the 2016 Manulife LPGA Classic on the Labour Day weekend.

The galleries grew in size as Brooke Henderson went hole to hole at Whistle Bear Golf Club. Fans also lined up, two or three deep at times, to get Henderson’s autograph or grab a picture
with the 18-year-old Canadian.

Henderson tied for 39th, finishing 7-under. She is currently ranked number three in the world.

The Head Teaching Professional at the club says he has definitely noticed more young girls taking up the game.

“With the fact of her age being so young, I’m mean she still would have qualified to play in the Ontario Junior if she was not playing on the LPGA Tour. It’s showing these young girls, you can achieve things at quite a young age and that’s an amazing thing.” said Mike Skimson.

Skimson helps coach some of the almost 50 elite level juniors at Whistle Bear. Half of them helped out with the tournament, Skimson adds the juniors were amazed by the talent level of the LPGA players.

Manulife LPGA Classic Tournament Director Milaina Wright adds Henderson is a tremendous athlete and a great representation of Canadian athletes.

Henderson made her debut at the tournament at 15.