Brooke Henderson at the Women's CPGA Championship

July 22 2015


BURLINGTON, Ont. - Standing around the tee of the 16th hole at the outstanding Burlington Golf and Country Club, you wouldn't have blamed anybody for thinking "59."

Smiths Falls teen sensation Brooke Henderson was 8-under par at that point in her opening round in defence of her CPGA Women's Championship.



On the par-70 Stanley Thompson designed gem on the edge of Lake Ontario, three birdies to finish would have given Henderson that 59.

Unfortunately, Henderson needed nine putts to finish her round - including a four-putt on the slick 18th - and had to settle for a 5-under 65.

That leaves her three shots back of amateur Elizabeth Tong of Thornhill heading into Wednesday's final round and tied with Sydney Cox of Chandler, Okla., for second place.

Tong, a member of Canada's national team, had a bogey-free 62.

Henderson was 5-under after nine holes after three birdies and an eagle. She birdied 11, 12 and 15 to get to 8-under par.

"I was putting really well. Unfortunately I three-putted 16 and had a really tough putt there on 18 and four-putted that one, which I haven't done since I was a little girl. It was just a really tricky putt. Unfortunately, I put my ball in the wrong place," she said.

Henderson hit her tee shot on the 188-yard par-3 18th about 30 feet above the hole. Her first putt gained speed just before the hole and trickled on a good five feet past. She ran her second putt by the hole and her third putt, again downhill, from just under three feet, missed on the right side.

The result: double bogey.

Henderson had another strong ball-striking day and putted quite well, the tricky 18th notwithstanding.

"I can't complain. On 16 I tried to hit my shot just short of the pin and it almost got up to that back tier. Putting was good all day until a couple of what you would call misreads. I didn't see the slopes as well as I should have and kind of a mental error there on 18," she said.

"Overall, it was a good day and I'm right in there so hopefully have a good day (Wednesday) and take home the trophy."

Henderson had the help of PING Canada's general manager Dave Wilson on the bag Tuesday. Burlington is his home course.

"He knew a lot about this course and was able to help me out a lot which is perfect," she said. "This is his home club. He was coming out to watch anyway and threw him on the bag. He didn't know when he arrived this morning he was going to be caddying. He did an awesome job."

Henderson, who has moved up to 31st in the world, is continuing a busy stretch which has included two ties for fifth in the majors, the KPMG Women's PGA Championship and the U.S. Women's Open.

She is coming off a tie for seventh after a final round 66 on the Symetra Tour on Sunday.

After the CPGA Championship, she will play the Symetra Tour event in Albany, N.Y., starting Friday then head to Scotland for the Ricoh Women's British Open July 30-Aug. 2.

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