When Hamilton’s Alena Sharp earned a career best fourth-place finish last Sunday at the CP Women’s Open at Priddis Greens near Calgary, Brooke Henderson was there for the moment as Sharp finish her final round. Sharp says Henderson, the winner of three LPGA tournaments, including a major championship, inspires not only her, but other Canadian players, as well. The Canadian teammates at the recent Olympics in Rio are at this week’s Manulife LPGA Classic at Whistle Bear in Cambridge, Ont., chatted about the friendship they’ve forged over the past couple of years on tour.
Alena Sharp on Brooke Henderson
“Obviously seeing her do well, it inspires all of us, not just me, but all of us Canadians, knowing that Brooke is doing it, why can’t we? I think she’s raised the bar and she’s positive, aggressive. I love being around her, just very infectious attitude and I think it’s helped me kind of try and be an 18-year-old again and not be afraid of things and to go after it. I think it’s been a really good friendship both ways. I’m happy that we play practice rounds together and feed off of each other.”
Brooke Henderson on Alena Sharp
“Finished fourth last week, which is her best finish ever, I believe, on the LPGA. To have it at home in Canada, I watched her face on the 18th hole when she finished and you could tell it meant a lot to her. She couldn’t believe it was still happening. She was still so focused and in the zone. It’s very cool. Like you said, we’ve become really good friends, especially over the last 18 months and again this year. We play a lot of practice rounds together. We always seal to catch up at some point during the week and just really, really good friends. I’m glad to see her doing well and hopefully it will continue.”