Golf Canada, behind the scenes, is decidedly unhappy. After Henderson finished T5 at the Women’s US Open, almost certainly giving her privileges on the LPGA once she turns 18, she was asked if she’d reconsider playing at Pan Am. Sources say her father, Dave, turned it down flatly.
I wrote about the Henderson situation in this week’s Global Golf Post. Considering the amount of money Golf Canada has put into Henderson’s career, it is a little surprising that her handlers didn’t see it fit to offer any support in return. On the other hand, there’s nothing that say she had to play in the Pan Am Games, though it seems bad form to agree and then withdraw.
Beyond that, I wonder when someone is going to question the schedule that Henderson, 17, is undertaking. Playing weekly, with few breaks (she did fly to Canada on Monday to play in a Golf Canada fundraiser), being forced to fly to play in Monday qualifiers and then teeing it up later that week must be taking its toll.
How that will manifest itself in a few years will be interesting. We’ve seen burnout in young golfers before—let’s hope Henderson doesn’t follow that trend.