There’s been a lot of adjectives thrown around about Brooke Henderson, but “strange” and “odd” have never been among them. Those were her words when asked how being a goalie in hockey has helped her in golf.
“I think to be a goalie you have to be a little bit strange, a little bit odd, and I think that’s really helped me a long way mentally in preparing for not only professional golf, but just golf in general,” she said.
“You know, a shooter coming down on you and you have a one-goal lead, it’s a lot of pressure and the whole team is counting on you,” said Henderson.
“It’s the same when you have a three-foot birdie putt to make the cut, it’s the same kind of pressure and I think playing goalie and being always in that hot seat I think has really helped me out on the golf course and not only mentally, but physically, as well,” she added.
“I gained a lot of strength when I was younger. I started playing when I was eight to when I was 14 and I really got pretty strong, and I think that’s helped me hit the ball a long way in golf, as well,” she said.
This Is Odd, Too
Speaking of odd, I can’t comprehend that her performance prior to this week’s CP Women’s Open won’t count towards LPGA rookie of the year. just like it was strange she could finish third at the Swinging Skirts in April, then have to hustle to Monday qualify for the North Texas Shootout.
I get that she wasn’t a LPGA member prior to Tuesday, but that was the tour’s decision, just as it was to grant her membership after her win in Portland, which will always stand as will her T5 finishes at two majors this year, but they somehow vanish when it comes to rookie of the year.
She wasn’t a member at the time and now she is and those results are indelible, at least as far as history goes, but not as far as rookie of the year goes. This year’s results should be retroactive for that purpose, as well.
Dustin Risdon of the National Golf Academy at McCall Lake shot a seven-under 64, including four birdies on the back nine, on Tuesday at Stewart Creek Golf and Country Club in Canmore, Alta., to win the PGA of Alberta Championship. Risdon won by three over Royal Mayfair’s Mike Belbin. For the final leaderboard, click here … The Mackenzie Tour-PGA Tour Canada resumes this week at Hylands Golf Club in Ottawa, where the National Capital Open to Support Our Troops gets underway. The tournament raises funds for the Support Our Troops program with its network to serve veterans and their families … Web .com Tour player and Ottawa area native Brad Fritsch from Manotick, Ont., returns as a tournament ambassador … Toronto’s Albin Choi and Vancouver’s Kevin Spooner are third and fourth respectively on the Mackenzie Tour Order of Merit. The top five at the end of the season will earn status on the Web .com Tour next year … Sponsor’s exemptions include Ottawa’s David Blais and Lee Curry, Cam Burke of New Hamburg, Ont., Devin Carrey of Surrey, B.C., Derek Gillespie of Oshawa, Ont., Josh Goheen of Greely, Ont., Jon Mills of Belleville, Ont., and Stephane Dubois of Brantford, Ont. … Monday qualifiers for the Ottawa event include Mitch Sutton of London, Ont., Matt McQuillan of Kingston, Ont., David Markle of Shelburne, Ont., Braeden Cryderman of Huntsville, Ont., Brian Hughes of Raleigh, Ont., Ryan Ellis of Cumberland, Ont., Mark Hoffman of Thornhill, Ont., and Toronto’s Russell Budd … The current GNN Poll indicates that 59 per cent of respondents believe that a recession is beginning to affect the golf business where they work respectively.