There were a couple of speculative Tweets floating around Wednesday from Rick Young, one of which said that Brooke Henderson, 17, had signed with IMG, although no source was provided.
If, in fact, that is the case, it shouldn’t come as a surprise.
Corey Conners of Listowel, Ont., a finalist at the U.S. Amateur just as Henderson was at the U.S. Women’s Amateur, signed on with International Sports Management, run by the renowned Chubby Chandler.
Yet, Conners will remain an amateur and he’ll still get a chance to play in next year’s U.S. Open and will likely receive an invitation to play the Masters.
The Conners case illustrates that simply having representation doesn’t automatically mean a player is turning pro.
That speculation has swirled around Henderson after a magnificent summer that also saw her finish as low amateur at the U.S. Women’s Open and become the No. 1-ranked amateur in the world.
You may recall in late September, the Canadian Press reported here that Henderson was within a couple of weeks of announcing a decision about whether she will turn pro or not for the 2015 season.
That announcement has yet to be made officially and it’s been over a month.
The longer it goes on, the more likely it is that Henderson will remain an amateur. If she did decide to turn pro, she would need to inform Golf Canada, which will announce its national team in the next couple of weeks.
I expect her to be on that list when it’s announced, based on silence from the Hendersons behind the speculation, with the decision to go pro held off until next summer. It will be a prudent move if it works out that way.