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Global Golf Post: For Henderson, coach and caddie are key

Screen Shot 2016-02-22 at 9.18.57 AMI’ve kicked off my fourth year as Global Golf Post’s Canadian correspondent. This week I wrote about Brooke Henderson, who had a fine showing in Australia. Here’s a taste of the column, which is distributed through Golf Canada:

Making the LPGA didn’t end the tough decisions facing Brooke Henderson.

Of course it is different issues than what Henderson, now 18, had to overcome last year when she was too young to qualify for LPGA membership. That left her struggling to find an equilibrium in her first year as a pro, playing on the developmental Symetra Tour, then jetting thousands of miles to Monday qualify for an LPGA event. It sounded exhausting, but Henderson made it work, winning on both the Symetra and LPGA Tours.

Not that Henderson is complains, though it would be easy to forgive her if she did. Maybe it is her teenage energy, or her generally sunny outlook, but Henderson says if given the chance, she wouldn’t change a thing.

“I don’t think it wore me down, but it easily could of,” the soft-spoken teen said on call from Florida just before the start of the LPGA season. “It was a very busy schedule, but I chose to do it. I didn’t have to play all of those events and commit to that schedule, but I wanted to give it my all. So that’s what I did and I’m grateful that I did it that way.”

The entire column is here.

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Robert Thompson

A bestselling author and award-winning columnist, Robert Thompson has been writing about business and sports, and particularly golf, for almost two decades. His reporting and commentary on golf has appeared in Golf Magazine, the Globe and Mail, T&L Golf and many other media outlets. Currently Robert is a columnist with Global Golf Post, golf analyst for Global News and Shaw Communications, and Senior Writer to ScoreGolf. The Going for the Green blog was launched in 2004.

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