CALGARY, Feb. 14, 2017 /CNW/ - Three-time LPGA Tour winner and eighth-ranked player in the world, Brooke Henderson is joining Canadian Pacific (CP) as its newest ambassador for the CP Women's Open.
Henderson will join longtime ambassador Lorie Kane in representing CP and the CP Women's Open over the course of the railway's partnership with Golf Canada as title sponsor of Canada's National Women's Open Championship.
"It is an honour to welcome Brooke to the CP team," said Keith Creel, CP President and Chief Executive Officer. "Brooke is the perfect ambassador for CP as we continue to grow the game of golf, advocate for healthy living through CP Has Heart, and build on the iconic Canadian brand that is CP."
The 19-year-old Canadian prodigy, born in Smiths Falls, Ontario, won the 2015 Cambia Portland Classic as a Monday qualifier, becoming the first Canadian to win on tour since CP ambassador Lorie Kane in 2001. After that win, and just prior to the start of the 2015 CP Women's Open, LPGA commissioner Mike Whan granted Henderson membership on the tour, a unique allowance as nearly all members must be over the age of 18. Since then, Henderson has taken the LPGA by storm, consistently finishing at, or near, the top of the leaderboard.
"Smiths Falls is a CP town and a few of my family members proudly work at the railway," Henderson said. "Being able to wear the CP logo is truly special, and I look forward to celebrating many more victories with CP and my rail family, which now includes thousands of CP's hard working employees."
Henderson is also a graduate of Golf Canada's National Amateur Squad and Young Pro Squad supported by CP, which marked the beginning of her relationship with the railway.
With her win at the KPMG Women's PGA Championship in 2016, Henderson became just the second Canadian to capture an LPGA major championship. She also represented Canada at the Rio Olympic Summer Games.
Henderson joins Kane – who blazed the trail for her younger competitors on her way to four LPGA Tour wins, the most by a Canadian – as a CP golf ambassador.
"I am excited to welcome Brooke to the CP family," said Kane. "I look forward to teaming up with her to continue to grow the game and make significant contributions in the communities that CP has helped to build across our nation; especially as we celebrate Canada's 150th birthday this year."
To coincide with Canada 150 celebrations, the 2017 Canadian Pacific Women's Open will return to the Ottawa Hunt and Golf Club from August 21 to 27. Through its CP Has Heart campaign, CP will once again make a significant donation to cardiac care in the host community, with funds benefiting improvements in diagnoses and treatment at the Children's Hospital of Eastern Ontario. For tickets, corporate hospitality and volunteer information visit www.cpwomensopen.com or call 1-866-571-5742.
About Canadian Pacific
Canadian Pacific (TSX:CP)(NYSE: CP) is a transcontinental railway in Canada and the United States with direct links to eight major ports, including Vancouver and Montreal, providing North American customers a competitive rail service with access to key markets in every corner of the globe. CP is a low-cost provider that is growing with its customers, offering a suite of freight transportation services, logistics solutions and supply chain expertise. Visit www.cpr.ca to see the rail advantages of CP.
About CP Has Heart
At CP, we know that a railroad may serve as the arteries of a nation, but at its heart is community. That's why, through CP Has Heart, we've already committed more than $9 million to help improve the heart health of men, women and children across North America. And along the way, we're showing heart whenever we can. Find out more on www.cpr.ca or @CPhasHeart.
About the 2017 CP Women's Open
The stars of the LPGA Tour will challenge for the CP Women's Open from August 21-27, 2017 at Ottawa Hunt and Golf Club in Ottawa, Ontario. The CP Women's Open, Canada's National Women's Open Golf Championship, is proudly sponsored by Canadian Pacific, RBC, WestJet, Molson Coors Canada, Corby Distilleries Ltd. and Coca-Cola. For more information visit www.cpwomensopen.com.
SOURCE Canadian Pacific
For further information: Contacts: CP, Jeremy Berry, 403-319-6227, Jeremy_Berry@cpr.ca; IMG Golf, Mike Scanlan, 216-436-3544, firstname.lastname@example.org