A late-round double-bogey bobble by Brooke Henderson stalled what was otherwise a stellar performance by the Smiths Falls, ON, native on Sunday at the Pure Silk Bahamas LPGA Classic.
Henderson had ripped through the Ocean Beach Golf Course to the sweet tune of being 5-under through 14 holes on the day until a seven on the par 5 15th ended her string of outstanding play. She closed at 9-under 283 in the inaugural event of the LPGA season, which placed her T21 and first among the three Canadians in the field.
Maude-Aimee Leblanc of Sherbrooke, QC, started the final round tied with Henderson at T16, but ran into early trouble when she made bogeys at holes two and four before tacking on a double bogey at No. 7. Leblanc grinded it out down the stretch with birdies at holes nine, 14, 15 and 18 to post a 1-under 72 on Sunday and a 7-under 285 total and T31 finish for the tournament.
Hamilton’s Alena Sharp rolled in at a respectable T38 after she carded a four-day total of 6-under 286 and highlighted her final round with an eagle three on the par 5 fourth hole. Henderson banked $13,849, Leblanc earned $9,322 and Sharp will cash a check for $7,257.
Hyo Joo Kim of South Korea won the tournament and the $210,000 champion’s share by two strokes over Stacey Lewis of the U.S., Sei Young Kim of South Korea and Sweden’s Ana Nordqvist. The trio each collected $96,957.