Smiths Falls’ Brooke Henderson takes Bobbie Rosenfeld Award as Canada’s top female athlete for 2017

December 28, 2017 by

Brooke ShotSmiths Falls native Brooke Henderson has added another impressive line to her resume. After picking up two more LPGA titles this year on the tour, the SFDCI graduate has been named the Bobbie Rosenfeld Award winner for 2017 as Canada's female athlete of the year.

Henderson, who is now 20 years-old, told the Canadian Press, "I've always kind of felt like I belonged out there, which I think is a big part of why I've had so much success so early."

Henderson picked up 35 of 63 votes in a poll of broadcasters and sports editors from across the country.

Henderson, who also won the Rosenfeld award in 2015, is the first golfer to win the award on two occasions since Lorie Kane (1997, 2000). Swimmer Penny Oleksiak took the honour last year.

Henderson had a slow start to the season with just two top-10 finishes in her first 10 events. She found her form in June by winning the Meijer LPGA Classic and just missed out on a playoff at the KPMG Women's PGA Championship later that month.

Her second title came in September at the New Zealand Women's Open.

Brooke finished sixth on the money list at just over US$1.5 million and was 13th in the world rankings.

She impressed in many ways - finishing 20th on Tour in driving distance this season (263.58 yards) and 10th in greens in regulation (75.10 per cent). Her average round sat at just under 70 strokes at 69.88.

Another big moment for Henderson came in August at the Canadian Pacific Women's Open in Ottawa. She nearly missed the cut before giving massive local crowds much to cheer about with a record Saturday as she wound up in a tie for 12th place. Of that tournament, Brooke said, "I can't even really put into words what it meant to me to see all that support and those people cheering me on. To get that 63 course record on Saturday in front of all those people in my hometown was truly amazing and one of the highlights of my year for sure."

Henderson's five career LPGA Tour victories leaves her only three behind Sandra Post for most wins by a Canadian.

Brooke also told the Canadian Press, "I'm extremely proud to be named Canada's female athlete of the year. I was just looking at some of the names ... Marlene Streit, Lorie Kane, Sandra Post, all golfers that have won this award. Even the last few years, I just saw Christine Sinclair, Hayley Wickenheiser, Eugenie Bouchard. Those names are huge names in all of sport and all of Canada. So to be amongst them is a great honour for me."