Mayor Jim Watson presented the Key to the City to Brooke Henderson at the Ottawa Hunt and Golf Club today. The honour recognizes her accomplishments as a golfer and three-time Canadian Press athlete of the year, and for the impact she has had on Ottawa and its image on the national and international stage

The event was held at the Ottawa Hunt and Golf Club where details of the Ottawa stop on the LPGA tour were provided. The CP Women’s Open will be played at the club from August 22 to 28 and is the only Canadian stop on the tour. The stop will provide fans a chance to watch Brooke Henderson compete on home soil.

Brooke Henderson was born in Smiths Falls in 1997. She learned to play golf from other family members at an early age and quickly started amassing tournament victories, including three events on the CN Canadian Women’s Tour. She was named the top-ranked female amateur golfer in the world.

In December 2014 at the age of 17 she became a professional golfer on the LPGA Tour. She won her first major in Seattle, Washington as an 18-year-old, making her the youngest ever winner of the KPMG Women’s PGA Championship. She also won the Canadian Women’s Open in 2018 at the Wascana Country Club in Regina, becoming the first Canadian in 45 years to win on home soil.

She also serves as a role model, especially to other young, female golfers, motivating them to take up the sport. Her impact is expected to result in growth of golf at the grassroots level for years to come.

Quotes

“Brooke Henderson is a remarkable golfer and an inspirational young woman. Whether you’re a golfer or not, people from Ottawa, Canada, and around the world marvel at her accomplishments. She is an ambassador for the game and for healthy living. It is my honour to present Brooke Henderson with the Key to the City on her one and only Canadian stop on the LPGA Tour.”

Mayor Jim Watson

 

Key facts

  • The Key to the City is Ottawa’s most prestigious award.
  • The Key to the City was first presented in 1902 by His Worship Fred Cook to Lady Minto.
  • Previous Key to the City recipients include author Margaret Atwood, photographer Yousuf Karsh, the Community Foundation of Ottawa, actress Sandra Oh and retired hockey player Daniel Alfredsson.
  • The Key to the City was last awarded to the Ottawa Citizen
  • The Key to the City is being presented to Brooke Henderson in recognition of her accomplishments as a golfer and three-time Canadian Press athlete of the year, and for the impact she has had on our city and its image on the national and international stage.

 

Biography – Brooke Henderson

Brooke Henderson was born and raised in Smiths Falls, Ontario. She started golfing as a child and had several family members as her early teachers, including her parents, who were both experienced players – her dad who is still her coach to this day, and her older sister Brittany, who was a top junior and college golfer.In 2013, Brooke won the Canadian Women’s Amateur golf tournament and in 2014, she was the runner-up at the U.S. Women’s Amateur golf tournament.While still an amateur, Brooke won three events on the CN Canadian Women’s Tour, tied for 10th place at the U.S. Women’s Open, and was the top-ranked female golfer in the world.In December 2014, at the age of 17, Brooke made the decision to turn pro. Just one year later in 2015 she was named the Canadian Press Female Athlete of the Year, an honour she earned again in 2017 and 2018. In 2016, Brooke won her first major as an 18-year-old, making her the youngest ever winner of the KPMG Women’s PGA Championship. In 2019, ESPY named her the Best Female Golfer; Canada’s Sports Hall of Fame gave her the People’s Choice Award; and she was named the winner of the 2019 Founders Award by a vote of fellow golfers on the LPGA Tour.Brooke continues to rack up tour wins year after year as a professional golfer on the LPGA Tour and consistently holds a position in the Rolex Rankings as one of the top ranked golfers in the world.  Despite all her glory, Brooke hasn’t forgotten her roots. Her tremendous accomplishments and conduct in the sport of golf have had a remarkable impact on other young athletes and have inspired many young girls to pick up a golf club.  She is a true Ambassador for the sport, and has made her hometown very proud.