Tuesday, September 29, 2015

PING extends contract of young Canadian star Brooke Henderson

(PHOENIX) – Canadian golf sensation Brooke Henderson has extended her agreement to continue playing PING equipment, PING Chairman & CEO John A. Solheim announced. Henderson, who recently turned 18, first signed with PING in January.

In August, at age 17, she became the third-youngest player ever to win an LPGA event when she ran away with the Cambia Portland Classic by eight shots, setting a tournament scoring record at 21 under par. Two days later she was granted her LPGA Tour card for the remainder of 2015 and all of 2016. This season she also posted T5’s at both the U.S. Women’s Open and the KPMG Women’s PGA Championship. Henderson has been a budding star since 2012 when, at age 14, she became the youngest person ever to win a professional tour event when she won on the Canadian Women’s Tour.

“From a very young age, Brooke has demonstrated that rare combination of being talented and mature beyond her years, and she puts in the hard work that it takes to succeed,” Solheim said. “She won many prestigious amateur titles, at 17 was the world’s #1-ranked amateur, and her breakthrough win on the LPGA shows she belongs at the highest level in women’s golf. We couldn’t be more excited to be affiliated with her and support her every step of the way.”

Henderson, a native of Smiths Falls, Ontario (pop. 9,000), said she considers PING an important part of her support team, at the heart of which are her parents and older sister, Brittany (also a PING pro). "Having played PING clubs for years, I'm really comfortable with the equipment, the people and level of fitting expertise they provide me.  With their help I'm able to get the most out of every round I play.  All of my success has come with PING clubs, so I am very happy to continue our relationship."

Among the PING technology in her bag, Henderson relies on a G30 driver, fairway wood and hybrid, and Glide wedges. As part of a multi-year agreement, she will display PING logos on her hat, carry a PING staff bag and play 14 PING clubs. Financial terms and the length of the agreement were not disclosed.

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