She is being called a teenage golf prodigy and rightly so! Brooke Henderson, a 17-year-old Canadian golf ace was exempted from the standard 18-year-old age requirement for the LPGA Tour membership and made a full-time member when she became the third youngest player, the other two being New Zealand’s Lydia Ko in 2013(15 years) and American Lexi Thompson in 2011 (16 years), to win an LPGA event; Henderson celebrates her 18th birthday on September 10.
Earlier denied admission into LPGA Tour’s qualifying school, Henderson swayed the mind of LPGA Commissioner Michael Whan when she won her first LPGA victory at the Cambia Portland Classic with a stunning display of eight shots. All Whan had to say was, “After reviewing Brooke Henderson’s petition, I have granted her LPGA Tour membership, beginning immediately. Brooke truly earned her card, and we are looking forward to Brooke joining our Tour and our family. She is a special player and a wonderful person.”
Henderson will now be able to complete in all LGPA Tour events without restraints (she did not have to participate in the qualifying events on Monday) and immediately took to Twitter to express her joy. She will be competing in the Canadian Women’s Open to be held this week and officially earn from the season even though this is her rookie year in the 10 remaining tournaments of 2015. Making a statement about the waiver, Henderson said, “It’s an opportunity that not a lot of people get. I can start living my dream today. I’m still going to play my own game and go out there and do what I have always done. Just to know I have a place to play now any week I want to, and I have full status for at least a year, is really exciting. I am playing really well right now. Hopefully I can keep it going.”