Monday, June 22, 2015

Brooke Henderson Gets Symetra Tour Card After Winning Four Winds Invitational

Brooke Henderson can now play the remainder of the season as a Symetra Tour member after winning the Four Winds Invitational this past weekend.

Immediately following her victory, the 17 year old Canadian petitioned the LPGA for a waiver of its rule requiring tour members to be at least 18 years of age. LPGA commissioner Michael Whan immediately granted the request.

Brooke Henderson holds up her trophy for winning the Four Winds Invitational

Henderson is trying to gain LPGA membership for 2016 without having to go to Q-School this winter.
This will give her 2 additional ways to achieve that goal. She can accomplish this by:

1- Winning an LPGA event
2- Finishing with the equivalent or better of the 40th place player on the 2015 money list at season's end. She would currently rank #20 on the LPGA money list.
3- Finish in the top 10 of the Symetra Tour money list. Her $22,500 check she received this week will not count. Only earnings going forward. There are still 12 events left on the Symetra Tour schedule.
4- Win 3 Symetra tour events.

Henderson is planning on playing in this week's Symetra Tour's Island Resort Championship, in Harris Michigan.

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  1. Three wins on the Symetra Tour doesn't give her status for 2016, it only gives her unofficial non-member category 13 status for the rest of this year. On the other hand, the two official Symetra wins she would have in that case should put her pretty close to a top-10 finish on the Symetra money list.

  2. Congrats. This is a good opportunity for Brooke Henderson. Inbee Park, like Brooke Henderson, was unable to qualify to play on the LPGA tour as a 17 year old in 2006 even though she had demonstrated LPGA talent with top 10 finishes (5th and 8th) at the Takefuji Classic in 2004 and 2005. She was allowed to qualify at Q-school to play the Symetra tour. This was her only option to play in the U.S. as she was offered 1 sponsor's exemption that year (Takefuji Classic) to LPGA events. Fortunately Inbee made the most of the Symetra opportunity and got her card. I Hope Brooke is similarly successful in qualifying in one of the four methods you describe.

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  3. Think I made an error in the above statement. She wanted to play Q-school to play on the LPGA as a 17 year old but her request was denied. Don't think she needed to play the Q-school qualification to play the Duramed (Symetra) tour. She did finish 3rd on the money list with 11 top-ten finishes to earn her LPGA card.

    sports medic

  4. Noticed Jiyai Shin won her second tornament this year on the JLPGA. Wonder if we are going to see her at any LPGA events this year. She moved up to 33rd in the Rolex rankings. She should still have an exemption into the majors based on her 2012 WBO win.

    sports medic