ORLANDO, Fla. – Brooke Henderson is ready to take on life as a pro.
Henderson, the former No. 1 amateur in the world, turned professional and signed with IMG on Dec. 18, opting out of a collegiate golf career. She stopped by the display set up by Ping, her equipment sponsor, Thursday at the PGA Merchandise Show to sign autographs, take pictures and see the sights. She also stopped by Sunice and the PGA of Canada.
“It’s really exciting,” said Henderson about life as a pro. “Signing with Ping is a dream come true because I’ve always played their clubs. I got to go to the Phoenix headquarters a few weeks ago and meet a lot of great people: John Solheim, Stacey Solheim and all the people down there. So it was a lot of fun.
“It’s my first PGA Show, and it definitely lives up to its expectation. It’s pretty cool and pretty busy.”
Henderson looks for a big start to her professional career, as she and her sister, Brittany, compete for two available Saturday-qualifying spots for the LPGA’s Coates Golf Championship in Ocala, Fla., this weekend.
“It’s my job now, so I have to be ready for the ups and downs,” said Henderson. “It’s going to be a fun year. It’s definitely going to be a learning experience, but I’m ready for that and the challenge it’s going to bring.
“This weekend is a one-day qualifier, so anything can happen. We’re just hoping we can get those two spots and are ready to play the rest of the week.”