Top-ranked amateur Henderson turns professional


Top-ranked women’s amateur Brooke Henderson has decided to turn professional. 

The 17-year-old Canadian made the announcement Thursday after a banner year in which she tied for 10th in the U.S. Women’s Open, made the cut in all four LPGA events she played, finished runner-up at the U.S. Women’s Amateur and Canadian Amateur, and won seven amateur titles and two professional events.

Henderson had verbally committed to play at the University of Florida, beginning in Fall 2015, but never signed her National Letter of Intent.

The teen’s biggest hurdle will be where to play in 2015. Earlier this year Henderson petitioned the LPGA to waive its age limit (18) for qualifying school, but the tour denied her request. Henderson will be 18 by the final stage of 2015 Q-School, so she’ll be limited to six sponsor exemptions apiece on the LPGA and Symetra tours. She could also play pro events in Canada and Europe.