Brooke Henderson, a 17-year-old rising star on the LPGA Tour, will play the Symetra Tour’s Tullymore Classic in Michigan on Fourth of July weekend. Henderson has electrified the LPGA in recent weeks with third- and thirteenth-place finishes on sponsors exemptions.
Th Symetra Tour is the LPGA’s developmental tour, with players competing not only for money, but for a LPGA Tour card.
Brooke will be joined at the Symetra Classic by her older sister, Brittany Henderson. Brittany is in her rookie year on the Symetra Tour.
The Tullymore Classic is a 54-hole tournament, with a $100,000 purse. It is played at Michigan’s excellent Tullymore Golf Course (review).
“She (Brooke Henderson) been all over television the last couple of weeks and shows incredible talent,” Gary Lewandowski, a PGA Golf Professional for Tullymore Resort said. “She sent a letter and wants to be able to play in the same event as her sister that weekend, and we thought that would be a great idea. We think she is going to be one of the next big stars on the LPGA Tour.”
Brooke Henderson has already won $153,000 on the LPGA, even though the tour turned down her petition to join the tour as an underage player. She is qualified for the U.S. Women’s Open because of her 10th place finish in the national championship a year ago and she can play in a limited number of LPGA and Symetra Tour events via the sponsor’s exemption route as she bears down on the minimum age for tour status of 18.
As an amateur, Brooke Henderson is a former No. 1. In 2012, at age 14, Brooke became the youngest to ever win a professional event (Canadian Women’s Tour).
At the Swinging Skirts LPGA Classic in San Francisco, Henderson had the lead going into the final round but was caught by Ko and Morgan Pressel and finished third alone. Iin the Volunteers of America North Texas Shootout, she was near the top of the leaderboard before finishing thirteenth.
Also in the 144-golfer field is Michigan’s own Laura Kueny. Kueny is a Michigan State alumni who owns the school record for lowest career stroke average. She won the Symetra Classic in 2014 and the Michigan Women’s Open in 2011.
Sponsorship opportunities, playing spots in the Tullymore Classic pro-am and some volunteer slots remain available.
Visit www.tullymoreclassic.com for more tournament information and to be a part of the Tullymore Classic with Brooke Henderson.
Visit www.tullymoregolf.com for resort information, and for reservations call 1 (800) 972-3837 ext. 239.