Super Sunday? Canadian Updates

If you’re a Canadian golf fan, this has the making of an exciting Sunday.

Here’s everything you need to know as you enjoy your Sunday-morning coffee.

Brooke’s Big Day

Despite stumbling in with back-to-back bogeys, Smiths Falls, Ont.’s Brooke Henderson is in a position that not many 17-year-olds have ever been in. She has a one-shot lead at the Swinging Skirts LPGA Classic, and will go in the final group with childhood idol Morgan Pressel and South Korea’s Min Seo Kwak.

After a tournament-record 7-under-par 65 Friday, Henderson shot even par Saturday, while Pressel shot the round of the day, a 5-under-par 67. When asked about Pressel’s influence, Henderson said she met Pressel when she was just 8 years old at an event in Ottawa.

“Ever since then (the U.S. Women’s Open in 2014) she’s been very kind to me. I’ve still always been a little nervous around her because I’ve looked up to her my whole life, but I’m really looking forward to tomorrow.”

Henderson, Pressel and Min Seo Kwak tee off at 4:05 p.m. EST.

Note: The last time a Canadian won on the LPGA Tour was 2001. Henderson was three. 

David Hearn just one shot back

At the rain-soaked Zurich Classic of New Orleans, David Hearn sits at -12, just one back of American Erik Compton and Australian Jason Day.

Torrential rain washed out most of round three, and now golfers will have to be back in position early Sunday to complete Moving Day, along with all of their final rounds.

Hearn lost to Jordan Spieth in a playoff at the John Deere Classic in 2013 and is still looking for his maiden PGA Tour victory. Through seven holes of his third round, Hearn is 3-under-par.

Play resumes again at 8:30 a.m. EST.

Svensson wins… again

Adam Svensson just turned professional a few weeks ago, but he’s already notched two victories and $40,000 (USD).

Not a bad way to start your first job.

Svensson, 21, captured the most-recent Tour event Saturday, thanks to the round of the day, a 65. Coming from a number of shots back, Svensson leap-frogged eight golfers – including fellow Golf Canada Young Pro Mackenzie Hughes – for the win.

This marks Svensson’s second victory in just three professional starts. Perhaps even more exciting in his eyes, this victory guarantees him into the Knoxville News Sentinel Open on the Tour later this summer.

It’s likely Svensson will get another Tour exemption – into the Nova Scotia Open – in July. Otherwise, he’ll be most active on PGA Tour Canada.

Other notes

Taylor Pendrith and Sonny Michaud were the lone Canadians to earn status for PGA Tour Canada’s 2015 season at the California Q-school, which concluded Friday. Pendrith is exempt through the first six events of the year and will join five other Golf Canada team members with status on that tour this year… Eight Canadian girls made the cut on the Symetra Tour this week, led by Maude-Aimee LeBlanc, who’s T3… Cam Burke finished second on the eGolf Gateway Tour Saturday…

Golf Canada names its 2015 National and Development Team








Golf Canada has named its 2015 National and Development Team through a press release distributed to Canadian media Thursday morning at 10 a.m.

The team, now in its 9th year, will be comprised of 19 young men and women from across Canada (10 males, nine females) and will once again be coached by Tristan Mullally and Derek Ingram.

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Canada’s Wunderkind

U.S. Women's Open - Round Three
(via Ottawa Citizen)









Many stories have been told about Brooke Henderson in 2014, but, to my knowledge, I was the only one to go and visit her in her hometown of Smiths Falls, Ont.

I watched her hit balls in a sideways rain, and long after I left, she was still hitting.

Even with a meteoric rise to fame, Henderson says she doesn’t feel pressure from anyone in town. Everyone stops to say hello to her, because to them, she’s still their “Brookie.”

“I don’t feel pressure, even though they all know who I am,” explains Henderson. “I do things for myself, and I don’t feel like I get pushed at all.”

When I wrote the story, she told me she wanted to get her University degree. This was before one of the best seasons by a Canadian amateur in recent memory (let alone a 16-year-old one. She’s 17 now).

You can read the whole story in SCOREGolf.