Brooke Henderson imitates a selfie with the trophy after her 21 strokes under par victory during the final round of the LPGA Cambia Portland Classic at Columbia Edgewater Country Club on August 16, 2015. (Photo: Getty Images)
Henderson, who also posted fifth-place ties at two major events last season, was granted immediate LPGA Tour membership by commissioner Mike Whan after the win. "The LPGA Tour win — that was really the pinnacle of the season," she said. "It was when I was playing my best and I was able to secure my LPGA Tour card and get my first LPGA Tour victory. (The year) as a whole was a result of a lot of hard work and it was just something where everything came together and I thank God for that. "It was just a miracle year really." Henderson will be able to play a full Tour schedule next year and make her plans well ahead of time. Gone are the days of needing sponsor invitations or travelling overnight to make it to the course in time for morning qualification rounds. "I wanted to play against the best in the world," she said. "Most of the times when I was doing that, I wasn't a member and I didn't really have anywhere else to play. I was trying to make my way onto the Tour and trying to make my mark. It was something that I knew I had to do and it was exciting to know that I could have a chance to do something amazing."
"It was just a miracle year really."
Brooke Henderson watches her birdie putt come up short on the 8th hole during the final round of the Canadian Open LPGA golf tournament at the Vancouver Golf Club in Coquitlam, B.C., on Sunday, August 23, 2015. (Photo: CP)Henderson finished the season ranked 18th in the world — a jump of over 200 positions from a year ago — with over US$100,000 in official LPGA earnings and more than $700,000 in combined earnings as a pro. "Already a top-flight golfer at such a young age," said Red Deer Advocate sports editor Greg Meachem. "Proved she can compete — and be successful — against the best of the best in a global sport." Canadian women's team coach Tristan Mullally, who has worked with Henderson since she was 14, said she's a remarkably steady ball striker with the accuracy to be consistent on different types of golf courses. "When you combine those two, that makes for a pretty potent recipe," Mullally said. Henderson hopes to start strong early in the 2016 season with a goal of cracking the top 10 in the world rankings. She's also a virtual lock to play for Canada when golf makes it return to the Olympic program at the Rio Games in August. "I still have many years ahead of me and I'm working hard for 2016 and the years after that," she said. "But this award for 2015 is definitely something I'm proud of and I'll be very honoured to accept." --- Follow @GregoryStrongCP on Twitter.
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