Henderson places 3rd at Island Resort Championship


Canadian golfer Brooke Henderson. (Kathy Kmonicek/AP)

HARRIS, Mich. — Sweden’s Dani Holmqvist won the Island Resort Championship on Sunday at Sweetgrass for her first Symetra Tour title.

The former University of California player closed with a 2-under 70 for a one-stroke victory over Canada’s Samantha Richdale.

Holmqvist finished at 10-under 206 and earned $18,750 to jump from 38th to 13th on the money list with $27,272. The final top 10 will earn 2016 LPGA Tour cards.

After dropping strokes on Nos. 6 and 7, Holmqvist birdies Nos. 9, 11 and 12 and closed with six straight pars. She opened with rounds of 67 and 69.

Richdale birdied the final hole for a 68. She played the back nine in 5-under 31.

Richdale, of Kelowna, B.C., shot a final round 4-under 68. She finished the tournament at 9 under and earned $11,506.

Canadian Brooke Henderson was third at 8 under, making an eagle on the par-4 14th in a 67. The 17-year-old from Smiths Falls, Ont., earned $8,374 for the tournament.

"It was fun," Henderson said. "There was some good holes and some bad holes but overall I was hitting the ball well. I missed a couple of putts the past two days but I made up for it a little bit today."

It was Henderson’s first event as an official member of the Symetra Tour. After winning the Four Winds Invitational last week in South Bend, Indiana, Henderson petitioned to waive the minimum age requirement and was granted Symetra Tour membership by LPGA Commissioner Mike Whan.

"I’m really excited that I have the exemption to play out here now and have status and have a Tour to play on," Henderson said. "I’ve been playing pretty well out here. I have a T2, a win and a third so I’m very happy moving forward."

Henderson will play in next week’s Tullymore Classic.

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