Forgive Brooke Henderson if she’s sounding a bit like a cheesehead since her arrival earlier this week in the Green Bay area for the Thornberry Creek LPGA Classic, an inaugural event on the LPGA Tour.
“It’s really exciting to have a new event on the schedule and especially here in Wisconsin. I haven’t spent a ton of time here before, but when I was here, it was beautiful, so I’m really happy to be back. My agent has been talking about this tournament almost all year, so I’m excited to finally be here and get started,” she said.
Although her previous visit was a quick one and she didn’t play, she says she saw a bit of the area and even got to know something about the impact of the beloved Packers on the city.
“Vince Lombardi, reading some of his quotes, and just reading so much about their history and how amazing they were, and I think everybody here is kind of taking some motivation from them,” said Henderson.
Certainly, one applies to Henderson this season, that being Lombardi’s belief that winners never quit and quitters never win. Just a couple of weeks ago, she overcame some early-season struggles, at least by the standards she set last year, by winning the Meijer LPGA Classic in Grand Rapids, Mich.
Last week, she fell about half an inch short of dropping an eagle putt that would have forced a playoff with Danielle Kang as she defended her first career major title at the KPMG Women’s PGA Championship at Olympia Fields.
With four wins on tour tying her for second with Lorie Kane and halfway to the eight victories by Sandra Post that leads the all-time list among Canadians, this winner isn’t quitting, even when the road does get a little bumpy, but that’s all in the rear view mirror as she heads into the meat of the season.
“I kind of got off to a little bit of a shaky start, not really getting the results that I was looking for, but the last two weeks, I feel like my game is in great shape and my confidence is back up,” said Henderson.
“I kind of feel like I’m riding great momentum and it’s a great time of the season to do that with three majors left, the U.S. (Women’s) Open next week, this week being a new event. It would be really nice to get my next win in the next couple weeks,” she said.
Henderson, who has moved up to eighth in the world this week after her runner-up finish on the weekend, says the 6,624-yard Thornberry Creek at Oneida is in great shape and suits her eye.
“I think these type of courses suit my game a little bit better,” she said.
“The first couple holes out here are pretty tight, very tree-lined and I feel like that suits my game the best,” said Henderson, emphasizing the importance of a fast start on Thursday.
“It’s in great shape, and you definitely have to be strategic off the tee and hit it to spots, specific spots in the fairway and then specific spots on the greens,” she added.
“I think the scores will be pretty low, as long as the conditions allow, and so hopefully, like I said, get off to that fast start, shoot under par on Thursday and then just keep riding the wave through Sunday,” said Henderson.
First round tee times for Thursday are here.