Henderson hopes to attend Stephen Ames Cup

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Although Julia Henderson finished in first at the Stephen Ames Cup Qualifier last weekend her ticket isn’t stamped to the big event just yet.

The qualifier was one of many across Canada to qualify golfers for the Stephen Ames Cup in Trinidad and Tobago later this summer. They selection is made after looking at the girls scores from across Canada, factor in the difficulty of the course and choose the girls to represent Team Canada after that.

“It would be an honour to represent my country in a tournament that big and something I would love to do,” said Henderson. “You always wish you’ll be at a certain level when you start playing a sport, but I never imagined I’d get to this level when I started golfing.”

Henderson began golfing four years ago because her father and brother played. Prior to golf she played softball in the summer, but was looking for a new pastime or new hobby.

“I started getting into it and really liking it so I started to apply myself and really dedicated myself to see how good I could get,” she said. “When you put in all the practice and all the time, for it to pay off in one round or a tournament and just to have it all come together and pay off is such an unbelievable feeling.”

Although winning this event by seven strokes over second place finisher Molly Molyneaux may sound like it was easy, Henderson says play early in the second round could have cost her the victory.

“I bogied the first hole and the other two girls pared,” she said. “At that point I only had a one stroke lead so I started to feel a little of pressure then. The first six holes of the round were a little scrambly, but I just tried to stay patient and worked my way through it.”

This was not the first time that she had the lead going into the final round of play at a tournament, but she says there is still a significant amount of pressure every time. Henderson said the only way for her to work on those nerves is to keep playing through situations like that.

“There’s been multiple tournaments where I’ve been in a situation with pressure on me, but the only way to get better is practice,” she said. “It’s not something you can practice throughout the week, but when this comes up I need to learn from them and I’ve improved how I’ve dealt with the pressure in the past few years.”

Organizations: Team Canada

Geographic location: Canada, Trinidad and Tobago

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