Henderson early leader at Junior Championship

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Ryan O’Hearn watches as Rowan McNutt taps in his putt on the ninth hole during the NSGA Midget Golf Championship Monday at Abercrombie Country Club. The Midget Championship finishes today, while the Junior Championship runs until Thursday.

By: Christopher Cameron

Coming off winning the NSGA Women’s Amateur Championship, Abercrombie’s Julia Henderson is the leader heading into the Junior Championship second round action today at Abercrombie Country Club.

With a first round score of 77, Henderson leads Bernadette Little, also of Abercrombie CC by three strokes. Henderson said she had no expectations at the women’s amateur and was simply looking for experience prior to the Junior Championship.

“I thought if I came top five in that would be great, but to win it was really great,” she said.

She said the experience she was looking for was both more playing time as well as playing against more experienced golfers.

“I wanted to get experience playing in the high pressure tournament and getting to play with Laura and Anne, two amazing golfers, definitely helped me out with preparing for the junior event,” said Henderson.

A big part in this weeks championship is the fact it’s on her home course. She says that it helps knowing there is a lot of support around the club and knowing the course so well.

Playing with Little the rest of the week in a competition after playing with each other so often is not weird for either of them according to Henderson.

“We’ve played with each other so much so we’re pretty comfortable with each other so we push each other through the round and make each other play the best that we can play,” she said. “I really enjoy playing with her because she’s such a great golfer and we help each other get better with every game we play together.”

With any tournament there are always adjustments that need to be made. After her first round Henderson said she was happy with her play off the tee, but wants to work on her putting as the championship progresses.

“I kept the ball in play off the tee which definitely helps at Abercrombie and the greens are rolling really good so getting my putting better would be beneficial and helpful,” said Henderson. “Aside from that I played pretty well and feel comfortable with my game.”

Through one round in the Junior Boys Championship, Matt Gallupe of Brightwood G & CC is the leader at -1. Ryan Now of Osprey Ridge GC is in second at +1.

Luke Green of Ashburn Golf Course is leading the midget boys after one round, while Allison Chandler of Chester Golf Club is leading the midget girls.

Visit ngnews.ca for updates throughout the day and complete final round coverage of the Junior Championship on Thursday.

Organizations: NSGA Women, Abercrombie Country Club, Chester Golf Club

Geographic location: Abercrombie CC

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