NEW GLASGOW – There was no time to waste for Julia Henderson on Friday. With potential for a Category 1 hurricane on Saturday the NSGA women’s amateur was shortened to two rounds.
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Julia Henderson poses with her women’s amateur trophy at Abercrombie Country Club on Sunday after winning the shortened tournament in Bridgetown on Friday.
Down two strokes after the opening day of play to fellow Abercrombie County Club member Bernadette Little, Henderson and the rest of the field found out Friday morning that they were cancelling Saturday’s third round altogether.
It changed her mindset slightly.
“You know it’s the last day and I was down by two, so you have to be a little more aggressive maybe than you would be to make up that ground,” said Henderson. “I had to adjust a little bit, but going into that I wanted to slim down the lead a little bit at least in preparation for a third round, which we didn’t end up playing.”
After 18 holes, the trio of Henderson, Little and Mireille LeBlanc were all tied at nine-over par, a two-round total of 157. This set the stage for a playoff, which Henderson had never played before.
“I was a little nervous to say the least, but looking back now it was kind of exciting.”
Not only was it a playoff, but with the tournament concluding just beforehand they had a large number of spectators to add to the atmosphere. After two holes Little was out, leaving LeBlanc and Henderson to battle it out.
It took two more holes for Henderson to win her second NSGA women’s amateur in the three years.
“The one I won in 2012, the first one, will always be special to me, but winning this one in the playoff will make it equally as memorable,” she said. “It was a relief (winning the playoff) just because it was a long day on the course. Last time I won I had to do the junior provincials two days later, which kind of took away from it. You go from the high – and then I didn’t really do so well in juniors, so I get to enjoy this one a little bit more.”
All three golfers will now represent the province on Team Nova Scotia at the Canadian women’s amateur championship July 22-25 at Craigowan (Oxford) Golf and Country Club in Woodstock, Ont.
There will be some improvements that need to be made before the event according to Henderson. She wants to tighten up her play around the green, but more importantly she’s just looking to enjoy herself and have fun on the course in the coming weeks.
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