Brooke Henderson didn’t get the victory she hoped would lead to LPGA membership Sunday at the North Texas Shootout, but she continued to add to her experience and bank account as a professional.
Henderson, the 17-year-old from Canada, fell out of contention early on the back nine at Las Colinas Country Club but closed with a birdie to finish in a tie for 13th. She was one shot back at day’s start but ended up nine behind the hard-closing Inbee Park.
Henderson took home $19,919 and is emboldened knowing she could also be playing in the next three LPGA events.
The LPGA is off next week, but Henderson is still waiting to hear if she will get a late sponsor exemption to the Kingsmill Championship in two weeks.
“I’m really hoping, fingers crossed,” Henderson said.
Henderson said if she doesn’t get a sponsor invite to Kingsmill, she will try to Monday qualify there. She does have sponsor exemptions to the ShopRite Classic and Manulife Classic in the two events that follow Kingsmill. She is allowed to accept six sponsor exemptions this year as a non-member of the tour. She accepted her first last week at the Swinging Skirts Classic.
If Henderson wins an LPGA event, she could claim tour membership for the rest of this year and next year. Before doing so, however, she would have to gain a waiver of the tour’s rule requiring that members be 18 years old.
In three LPGA starts this year, two of them via Monday qualifiers, Henderson has accumulated $161,557 in earnings. If she were an LPGA member, she would rank 29th on the LPGA money list. A non-member can earn tour membership through top-40 equivalent earnings at year’s end, but Henderson’s winnings don’t count in that category because she isn’t 18. Her winnings won’t begin to count until she turns 18 on Sept. 10.
Henderson was pleased with how she fared after Monday qualifying for the North Texas Shootout. After missing out on making a playoff at the Swinging Skirts last Sunday, Henderson met with reporters and then scrambled off to San Francisco airport to fly to Dallas. Flight delays made it a race against the clock to make the North Texas Shootout Monday qualifier. She didn’t leave San Francisco until 4 a.m. and didn’t get to Las Colinas until about four hours before her Monday qualifier tee time.
“Just another opportunity to play against the world’s best and be out here on the LPGA,” Henderson said. “I love every minute of it.”