Amateur Brooke Henderson

Brooke Henderson wins Junior Orange Bowl Championship

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Brooke Henderson (Golf Canada/Bernard Brault)

CORAL GABLES, Florida – Team Canada’s Brooke Henderson saved her best round for last at the Junior Orange Bowl, firing a final round 4-under 67 in Coral Gables, Fla., on Monday to take home individual honours.

The Smiths Falls, Ont., native’s final round on the Biltmore Hotel course was highlighted by six birdies and a closing 2-under 34 back nine. Her 4-under 280 total (68-72-73-67) left her five strokes ahead of Megan Khang of the USA who finished at 1-over for the championship after a 3-under 68 final round.

“It’s an awesome feeling,” Henderson said about her win to media in Florida. “I came here with this in mind and I’m really pleased. Today I was finally able to get my putting working, compared to the first three days. I felt very comfortable on the greens all day.”

The victory marks the 16-year-old’s fifth title of 2013 after she captured the South American Amateur, CN Future Links Pacific Championship, Canadian Women’s Amateur Championship and Spirit International medalist honours earlier in the year.

In the junior boys division, Team Canada Development Squad member Tony Gil of Vaughan, Ont., finished in 26th place at 12-over par. Italy’s Renato Paratore took home individual honours at 9-under 275.

For complete scoring from the Junior Orange Bowl click here