Brooke Henderson, the 17-year-old rising star of Canadian golf, is expected to drop out of the Pan Am Games.
Golf Canada spokesperson Dan Pino said the organization is preparing to release a statement on the matter, but declined to confirm reports circulating on social media this weekend.
The timing of the Pan Ams coincides with the LPGA’s Marathon Classic in Sylvania, Ohio.
Henderson, the former No. 1 ranked amateur in the world, was one of four Canadian golfers —two women, two men —chosen to compete at the Pan Am Games in July.
Henderson’s agent at global management firm IMG could not be immediately reached for comment.
The young golfer from Smiths Falls, Ont. has been trying to get her LPGA card since she went pro last December and turned down a scholarship to the University of Florida. She petitioned the LPGA to grant her a special entry exemption — the age of entry to the tour is 18 — but was denied earlier this year.
Since then, she has relied on sponsorship exemptions and qualifying matches to play in LPGA events. Last week, she won the Symetra Tour’s Four Winds Invitational in South Bend, Ind., which granted her membership to the LPGA’s development circuit.
This summer will be the first time that golf is included at the Pan Am Games. The event will take place at the Angus Glen Golf Club in Markham from July 16 to 19.
Henderson holds the 46th spot in the Rolex World Women’s Golf Rankings and has amassed $317,470 in earnings this year.