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Jun 29, 2015  |  Vote 0    0

Brooke Henderson expected to back out of Pan Am Games

The Canadian golf phenom reportedly dropping out of the competition to compete at an LPGA event in Ohio


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.

Toronto Star

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(5) Comment

By Roy | JULY 02, 2015 11:49 AM
Forget the gold medal, look to your future. Remember medals will end up in the drawer and next year no one will remember your name.
By Philip | JUNE 30, 2015 04:16 PM
Who cares? Seriously...
By Rob | JUNE 30, 2015 07:23 AM
Please, the pan-am games are a joke ! Just ask the 1000's of hotel rooms still not booked and look around to see the headache and debt these games will bring us. There is no glory winning a gold medal in a games no one lnows about or cares about. Less than 1 percent of the population would be able to tell you the last gold medalist for Canada in the Pan-Am games. She is making the correct move going to the LPGA event - stop trying to guilt people into making the bad decision and using oir country as the tool. She has brought more attention for women's golf in Canada already, more than any pan-am games coverage would do.
By Jim | JUNE 30, 2015 06:13 AM
Aaron, you may be a fan of Brooke's but you don't understand the path she's on this year. She's attempting to gain membership to the LPGA. A move that would set her career up for life. Abandon that for the lowly Pan Am games? She is much better positioned to continue her quest, gain her card, compete against the best in the world to get even better, and then represent Canada in The Olympics when it really matters.
By Aaron | JUNE 29, 2015 02:35 PM
This angers me to no end. She had ONE chance to play for her country as an amateur at the top of her game, yet she decided to say "Screw that, I want the money". Well Brooke, you'll have MANY opportunities to make your millions, but you will NEVER have the chance to win a Gold Medal for your country again. And to think I was actually a fan...
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