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Julia Henderson watches her tee shot during round three action at Eagles Glenn Golf Club in P.E.I. Henderson finished tied for third in the CN Future Links Atlantic Championship.
Just a week after finishing second at the NS Junior Golf Championship, New Glasgow’s Julia Henderson finished third at the CN Future Links Atlantic Championship.
Henderson struggled in her first two rounds before shooting a 75 to move up the leaderboard in the third and final round at Eagles Glenn Golf Club in P.E.I. When asked how she improved in the final round, she said the first two rounds were just frustrating for her.
“I didn’t play as well as I hoped I would have liked, but the third round I went in with no expectations and just wanted to have fun,” said Henderson. “I just tried to play the best I could and was happy with where I finished.”
“I finished fifth last year so I wanted to improve on that, so I thought a top three would be great.”
After playing at her home course last week at Abercrombie, she said the biggest challenge in P.E.I was the greens. She said they were more spongy than Abercrombies.
“It took a little while to adjust to that, but once I figured those out it got better and became slightly less frustrating.”
Between finishing the NSGA Junior Championship last Thursday and beginning the Atlantic Championship on Tuesday she said she practiced every night and worked on her short game mainly. She had played the women’s amateur event prior to the junior event so she also tried to rest her body as best she could.
Next week Henderson will be in Lethbridge, Alberta on July 24 for the Royale Cup Canadian Women’s Amateur Championship after winning the NSGA title. She said with a few days in between she will practice every night, focusing on her short game, but also resting.
After the Canadian Women’s Amateur Event she will participate in the Royale Cup Canadian Junior Girls Championship in Calgary, beginning on July 31.
“I’m going to be playing a lot of golf in the next few weeks so I want to ensure my game is sharp, but I also want to be as rested as possible heading into the first round of play on Tuesday so that I don’t burn myself out. I’ll just balance my practicing and resting in the next few days.”
Westville’s Bernadette Little was also at the Atlantic Championship this week in P.E.I., finishing seventh after winning last week’s NSGA Junior Championship at Abercrombie.
Little struggled on the course more than she liked and wasn’t happy with where she place. After finishing second last year she hoped for a similar finish this year.
“Today (Thursday) wasn’t great with my 83,” she said. “My putting was a little bit better, but I just wasn’t hitting the ball very well today. It was a little bit of wind, but it was just one of those days I wasn’t hitting the ball well off the tee or more longer clubs.”
“I would have liked to have been a little bit higher, but I didn’t play very good golf. I was hoping to shoot in the 70s, but that’s the way it goes.”
She said that this year at Eagles Glenn was tougher than in the past. Little said the course was hilly and the placement of bunkers and pins on the greens was tough.
“The pin placement on some greens was quite tough as well as some tiered greens and some extremely sloped putts that I was faced with throughout the tournament,” said Little.
In the coming weeks she will also be attending the Canadian Junior Girls Championship like Henderson. Little said she wants to get her swing back on track before nationals by spending time on the range.
“Like I said I wasn’t hitting the ball well so I’d like to work on that,” she said. “Then I’d like to take a little time off because I’ve been going at it for the last few weeks so it’d be nice to take a few days off and rest up heading into nationals.”
Local finisher’s at Atlantic Championships
T3. Julia Henderson +20 (80-81-75)
7. Bernadette Little +26 (82-77-83)
Royale Cup Canadian Women's Amateur Cham
Lethbridge GC - Lethbridge, AB
Royale Cup Canadian Junior Girls Champ
River Spirit GC - Calgary, AB
By: Christopher Cameron | Sports Reporter