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Brooke Mackenzie Henderson, golfer (born 10 September 1997 in Smiths Falls, ON). Golf phenom Brooke Henderson has won the Bobbie Rosenfeld Awardas Canada’s best female athlete three times (2015, 2017, 2018), as well as the ESPY Award for best female golfer in 2019. She is the youngest golfer ever to win a professional tournament (at age 14), the youngest ever to win the Canadian Women’s Amateur Championship (at 15), and the second youngest female golfer ever to win a major title (at 18). She holds the record for most victories (10) by a Canadian professional golfer on either the PGA or LPGA Tour, beating the previous record of eight held by George KnudsonSandra Post and Mike Weir. In 2015, she became the first Canadian to win on the LPGA Tour since Lorie Kane in 2001. 

LPGA Kingsmill 2017

Family and Childhood

Brooke Henderson is the youngest of two children of David and Darlene Henderson. Golf is a major part of the Henderson family, as David, Darlene, and Brooke’s uncle Tom Henderson all golf regularly. Brooke started playing golf at the age of three at the Smiths Falls Golf & Country Club, where her uncle Tom won the club championship 13 times. Brooke’s older sister, Brittany, currently serves as Brooke’s caddie.

Brooke’s passion for golf came at an early age. While in kindergarten, she would go to the driving range at the Lombard Glen Golf Club with Brittany during recess and lunch time. “I remember seeing her with that great big driver, way taller than she was,” said her former teacher Karen Donovan in an interview with Ken Warren of the Toronto Sun.

Swing Mechanics

In an interview with Chris Stevenson of Flagstick.com, Henderson discussed her unconventional mechanics with the driver. She takes her driver farther back in her backswing than most golfers. When she first started golfing at age three, she always wanted to out drive Brittany. “She turned back far and she swung hard,” according to Stevenson, creating clubhead speed through the power in her core and legs. “Nobody ever really touched it or changed it and I’m really grateful they didn’t,” said Henderson. “It’s unique to me, but it works.”

Hockey

Like many Canadians, Brooke was active in winter sports. She started figure skating and was a goaltender in the Smiths Falls Girls Hockey Association by the time she was eight. “To be a goalie, you have to be a little bit strange, a little bit odd,” she told Wendy Graves of Hockey Canada in an interview in 2018. “I built so many amazing friendships and my teams did pretty well. We had a lot of victories and some losses, but we took it together as a team. It really taught me a lot in many other sports.” Her father, David Henderson, was also a goaltender; he played for the Nepean Raiders of the Canadian Junior Hockey League in 1976–77.

By the time Brooke was 14, she realized she could no longer be a high-performance athlete in two sports and decided to concentrate on golf.

Junior Golf Career (2008–12)

At the age of 10, Henderson finished 11th at the 2008 Quebec and Eastern Ontario Provincial Junior Championship in Sainte-Victoire-de-Sorel, Quebec (an event won by her sister, Brittany). Brooke also won the 2008 CN Future Links Ontario Championship in StratfordOntario. The following season, in 2009, Brooke won four junior golf tournaments in Ontario and was named to the Ontario Team Championship.

In 2010, at the age of 12, Brooke recorded her first hole-in-one during the opening round of the CN Future Links Quebec Championship in Sainte-Sophie, Quebec, an event she also won. In 2011, she won six tournaments: the CN Future Links Ontario Championship in Deerhurst; the Eastern Provinces Championship and the Cataraqui Golf and Country Club Women’s Field Day in Kingston; the Ontario Junior Girls Championship in Goderich; the 13–14-year-old division at the Optimist International Junior Golf Championship in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida; and the Genesis Junior in Haworth, New Jersey.

In 2012, at age 14, Henderson made history when she became the youngest golfer ever to win a professional golf tournament. Henderson’s win came at the CN Canadian Women’s Tour event in Beloeil, Quebec. She set the record at the age of 14 years, nine months and three days. Lydia Ko of New Zealand set the old record when she won the 2012 New South Wales Open at the age of 14 years, nine months and five days. Henderson also won the 2012 Canadian Junior Girls Championship in CalgaryAlberta. At age 14, she was the youngest competitor ever at the Canadian Women’s Open.

Amateur Career (2013–14)

In 2013, Henderson became the first Canadian to win the South American Amateur Golf Championship near Bogotá, Colombia. She also made the cut as an amateur at the 2013 US Women’s Open in Southampton, New York, and was victorious at the Junior Orange Bowl in Coral Gables, Florida.

In 2013, Henderson once again had great success in Beloeil, Quebec. At the age of 15, she became the youngest person ever to win the Canadian Women’s Amateur Championship. She also won her second straight Canadian Juvenile Girls Championship.

In 2014, at age 17, Henderson was ranked as the world’s best amateur female golfer. Among her wins were three prestigious amateur golf events in the United States: the Women’s Porter Cup, the South Atlantic Women’s Amateur Championship and the Scott Robertson Memorial). While competing as an amateur at age 16 in Komoka, Ontario, Henderson became the youngest winner ever of the PGA Women’s Championship of Canada, and did so with a record championship score of 13 under par. She also won the Canadian Women’s Tour event in Niagara Falls and the Ontario Women’s Amateur Championship in Brampton. Henderson made the cut in four LPGA events and was the lowest-scoring amateur at the 2014 US Women’s Open, where she tied for 10th.

Professional Career (2015–19)

Henderson turned professional on 18 December 2014 at the age of 17. She turned down a scholarship from the University of Florida and signed with sports agency IMG. In 2015, she won two Suncoast Ladies Tour events in Florida and the Symetra Tour’s Four Winds Invitational in South Bend, Indiana. She also defended her title at the PGA Women’s Championship of Canada in Burlington, Ontario.

As a rookie, Henderson participated in various LPGA events as a qualifier or sponsor exemption. Her status changed in August when she became the second golfer ever to win an LPGA event after participating through Monday qualifying. Henderson was granted full LPGA membership after beating her nearest competitor by eight strokes at the Cambia Portland Classic. She became the third youngest champion in LPGA history (17 years, 11 months and six days) and became the first Canadian to win on the LPGA Tour since Lorie Kane in 2001. In December of 2015, Henderson won her first Bobbie Rosenfeld Award, presented to Canada’s female athlete of the year.

Brooke Henderson’s second LPGA title was a major championship. On 12 June 2016, she became the second Canadian woman to win a major title when she won the KPMG Women’s PGA Championship at the Sahalee Country Club near Seattle. The first was Sandra Post at the 1968 LPGA Championship. At 18 years, nine months and two days, Henderson became the second youngest female golfer ever to win a major title. Ironically, the youngest was Henderson’s playoff opponent at Sahalee, Lydia Ko, who was 18 years, four months and 20 days when she won the 2015 Evian Championship in France.

Henderson’s key shots at the 2016 Women’s PGA Championship in the fourth round were on the 11th and 17th holes. Her shot on the 11th hole was a 90-foot putt for an eagle and then on the 17th hole, Henderson made a clutch 36-foot putt for birdie, which helped her force a playoff. Also in 2016, Henderson defended her title at the Cambia Portland Classic and moved to second place in the World Golf Rankings — the highest a Canadian golfer has ever been ranked.

In 2017, Brooke Henderson won two LPGA tournaments for the second year in a row. In both events, she had a four-round score of 17 under par. Her first title of 2017 came at the Meijer LPGA Classic in Belmont, Michigan, where she beat American stars Lexi Thompson and Michelle Wie by two strokes. Then, on 2 October, Henderson won the McKayson New Zealand Open by five strokes over Jing Yan of China. In addition to her two titles, Henderson had eight Top 10 finishes (including a second place finish at the 2017 KPMG Women’s PGA Championship) and won her second Bobbie Rosenfeld Award in three years.

Henderson made golf headlines in 2018 when she became only the second Canadian ever to win the CP Women’s Open on 26 August. In a historic weekend at the Wascana Country Club in Regina, Henderson shot a four-round score of 21 under par to beat Angel Yin of the United States by four strokes. Henderson followed in the footsteps of Jocelyne Bourassa, who won the Canadian Women’s Open (then called La Canadienne) in 1973. Earlier in 2018, Henderson also won the LOTTE Championship in Hawaii. For the third time in four years, Henderson won the Bobbie Rosenfeld Award.

For the fourth consecutive calendar year, Henderson recorded at least two victories on the LPGA Tour. On 20 April 2019, she defended her title at the LOTTE Championship, and then on 16 June, she won her second Meijer Classic in three years. By winning the Meijer Classic, Henderson set the record for most wins by a Canadian on either the PGA or LPGA Tour with nine. On 10 July 2019, Henderson received the ESPY Award for best female golfer.

LPGA Tour Victories

DatesEvent2nd Place Finisher(s)Final ScoreShots Won By
13–16 August 2015Cambia Portland Classic (Portland, Oregon)Ha Na Jang, Candie Kung and Pornanong Phatlum–218
9–12 June 2016KPMG Women’s PGA Championship (Sammamish, Washington)Lydia Ko–6 (playoff)
30 June–3 July 2016Cambia Portland Classic (Portland, Oregon)Stacy Lewis–144
15–18 June 2017Meijer LPGA Classic for Simply Give (Belmont, Michigan)Lexi Thompson, Michelle Wie–172
28 September–2 October 2017New Zealand Women’s Open (Auckland, New Zealand)Jing Yan–175
11–14 April 2018LOTTE Championship (Oahu, Hawaii)Azahara Munoz–124
23–26 August 2018CP Women’s Open (Regina, Saskatchewan)Angel Yin–214
17–20 April 2019LOTTE Championship (Oahu, Hawaii)Eun Hee Ji–164
13–16 June 2019Meijer LPGA Classic for Simply Give (Belmont, Michigan)Brittany Altomare, Nasa Hataoka, Su-hyun Oh, Lexi Thompson–211
21–24 April 2021Hugel-Air Premia LA Open (Los Angeles, California)Jessica Korda–161

LPGA Tour Victories (10 wins, 1 major)

  • 2021 – HUGEL-AIR PREMIA LA Open
  • 2019 – LOTTE Championship, Meijer LPGA Classic for Simply Give
  • 2018 – LOTTE Championship presented by Hershey, CP Women’s Open
  • 2017 – Meijer LPGA Classic For Simply Give, MCKAYSON New Zealand Women’s Open
  • 2016 – KPMG Women’s PGA Championship, Cambia Portland Classic Presented by JTBC
  • 2015 – Cambia Portland Classic*

*as a non-member

Awards

  • 2019 Founders Award

Olympics (1)

  • 2016 Rio Olympics (T7)

2020 in a Nutshell:

  • 10 events, 9 cuts made, $648,604 (10)
  • Recorded six top-10 finishes, including a runner-up performance at the ANA Inspiration

Career Highlights:

2019:

  • 27 events, 25 cuts made, $1,696,017 (4)
  • Became the winningest Canadian golfer in the history of the LPGA and PGA Tours with her ninth career win
  • Recorded her fourth straight multi-win season with a successful title defense at the LOTTE Championship and a win at the Meijer LPGA Classic
  • ESPY Award for “Best Female Golfer”, Canada’s Sports Hall of Fame People’s Choice Award

2018:

  • 28 events, 24 cuts made, $1,473,247 (4th)
  • Recorded her third straight multi-win season with wins at the LOTTE Championship and the CP Women’s Open
  • Became first Canadian to win the CP Women’s Open since Jocelyne Bourassa in 1973

2017:

  • 30 events, 28 cuts made, $1,504,869 (6th)
  • Recorded eight top-10 finishes and her second multi-win season in 2017
  • Shot a career-low 63 twice in 2017 – in the first round of the Meijer LPGA Classic for Simply Give and in the third round of the Canadian Pacific Women’s Open

2016:

  • 31 events, 30 cuts made, $1,724,420 (3)
  • Became the second youngest player in LPGA history to win a major championship with her victory at the KPMG Women’s PGA Championship (18y/9m/2d), trailing only Lydia Ko
  • Made the most starts on Tour (31), had the second-most top-10s (15) and finished third on the LPGA Official Money List
  • Ranked second in birdies (455) in 2016; one of two players to break Stacy Lewis’ all-time mark of 451 in 2014 (Ariya Jutanugarn, 469)
  • Tied her career-low round of 65 three time in 2016 (six overall)

2015

  • 14 events, 13 cuts made
  • Won her first LPGA Tour event at the Cambia Portland Classic by eight shots, the largest margin of victory on Tour in 2015
  • Was granted immediate LPGA membership by Commissioner Mike Whan following her victory
  • Recorded tied for fifth finishes at both the KPMG Women’s PGA Championship and U.S. Women’s Open
  • Made 10 starts as a non-member professional and earned $661,264 in unofficial money
  • Won the Four Winds Invitational on the Symetra Tour

Amateur & Professional Appearances on LPGA

  • 18 starts, 15 cuts made, 1 win, 4 additional top-10s, 3 additional top-25s
  • Top-10 finishes in back-to-back U.S. Women’s Open – T10 in 2014, T5 in 2015
  • Only the third player ever to win before her 18th birthday, joining Lydia Ko and Lexi Thompson
  • Became the third-youngest winner in LPGA Tour history at the age of 17 years, 11 months, 6 days

Professional

  • Turned professional in December 2014
  • Recorded two victories on the SunCoast Series Tour in 2015
  • Won the Four Winds Invitational on the Symetra Tour and was granted membership for the 2015 season

Amateur Highlights

  • Made eight appearances in LPGA events as an amateur, making six cuts and recorded one top-10 finish (T10 at the 2014 U.S. Women’s Open)
  • Won her first professional event as an amateur at the 2012 Beloeil Golf Club event on the CN Canadian Women’s Tour at the age of 14 years, 9 months, 3 days
  • Won three additional pro wins on the CN Canadian Women’s Tour
  • Was runner-up at the 2014 U.S. Women’s Amateur
  • Won the individual title at the 2014 Women’s World Amateur Games
  • Former No. 1 ranked amateur in the world
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Pistons select Cade Cunningham with No. 1 overall pick in 2021 NBA Draft – Sportsnet.ca

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The Detroit Pistons selected Oklahoma State’s Cade Cunningham with the No. 1 pick in the NBA draft Thursday night.

Cunningham had been widely expected to be the first name called in New York, though Pistons general manager Troy Weaver wouldn’t reveal plans earlier this week and said the team would look at every scenario, including trades.

In the end, Detroit stuck with the 19-year-old mentioned as a potential top pick before ever stepping foot on the Oklahoma State campus.

The 6-foot-8, 220-pound point guard from Arlington, Texas, lived up to expectations with his size and fluid game to become a first-team Associated Press All-American. He averaged 20.1 points, 6.2 rebounds and 3.5 assists with a game that allowed him to hit from 3-point range, score off the dribble or find teammates out of traps.

Cunningham — the first player in Oklahoma State history to be picked No. 1 overall — joins a Pistons franchise that has won 20 games for two straight seasons and hasn’t finished better than .500 for five straight years.

Cunningham was the headliner of a class that included scorers, playmakers and potentially elite defenders at the top. That group included Southern California freshman big man Evan Mobley, Gonzaga freshman point guard Jalen Suggs and Florida State freshman forward Scottie Barnes.

There are also a pair of preps-to-pros prospects in guard Jalen Green and forward Jonathan Kuminga, both of whom bypassed college basketball to play in the G League.

The draft is later than its traditional late-June slot for the second straight year due to the COVID-19 pandemic that interrupted the 2019-20 season. The 2021-22 season is scheduled to return to its normal schedule, with next year’s draft set for June again.

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NBA Draft 2021: Toronto Raptors select Scottie Barnes with the 4th overall pick – RaptorsHQ

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The Raptors have upended consensus in the 2021 NBA Draft, opting to select Florida State forward Scottie Barnes with the fourth overall pick. To say this was a complete shock is not entirely true — there was buzz the Raptors were at least somewhat intrigued by Barnes’ potential — but it also felt like Toronto would not take the gamble (e.g. it felt like Jalen Suggs at no. 4 was a lock).

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Barnes joins the Raptors just before his 20th birthday. He’s listed at 6’9” and 227 pounds, which puts him in the small forward category, by my math. Barnes spent one season at Florida State during which he averaged 10.3 points, 4.1 assists, and 4.0 rebounds per game across 24 contests. Admittedly, the numbers don’t exactly pop — Barnes only started seven games — but Toronto must love his potential.

Said potential is what our guy JD got at in his column here. Barnes has serious defensive skills, a player who can already guard almost every position via his strength, speed and know-how. The broadcast compared him to Draymond Green, which is not a bad place to be — particularly for a Raptors team that obviously values defensive ability and versatility. Like Green, Barnes has flashed an advanced play-making game for a forward, and he also has a limited offensive arsenal. Few are looking at Barnes, who shot 28 percent from three and 62 percent from the free-throw line, to be a lights-out gunner. Maybe he gets there in time, or maybe his skill-set is less dependent on his shot.

So then the risk: did the Raptors just get a player who can’t start for the current squad with OG Anunoby and Pascal Siakam locked in at the small and power forward position? Could it be that Barnes only tracks as another second or third-ranked player on a championship calibre team? (If that; some are worried he’s the next Stanley Johnson.) In all, the question remains: will Toronto regret missing on Suggs?

Or do the Raptors have something else planned with regards to their roster construction? Right now it’s unclear, but we do know one thing for now: Toronto has selected Scottie Barnes in the 2021 NBA Draft.

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Canada's women's eight rowing crew captures Olympic gold for 1st time in 29 years – CBC.ca

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Canada’s women’s eight crew captured gold on the final day of Olympic rowing at the Sea Forest Waterway in Tokyo on Friday, winning the event for the first time in 29 years.

New Zealand claimed silver, finishing ahead of bronze winners China.

The only other Olympic gold for Canada in women’s eight came at the Barcelona Olympics in 1992, their first time reaching the Olympic podium. Canada’s crew enjoyed continued success with silver in 1996 and bronze in 2000.

Canada claimed silver in the women’s eight event at the 2012 London Olympics before missing the podium in Rio with a fifth place finish.

The men’s eight final wraps up the rowing competition at 9:25 p.m. ET.

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