Seven Canadian golfers competing in 2014 tournament
WATERLOO, ON, May 20, 2014 /CNW/ - Brooke Henderson, Canada's top ranked
amateur and Jackie Stoelting, Champion, Big Break Florida Season 10
join the field for the 2014 Manulife Financial LPGA Classic at Grey
Silo Golf Course, June 4 to 8.
"It's always a treat to watch Brooke Henderson compete and we're proud
to have her play in the Manulife Financial LPGA Classic once again,"
said Marianne Harrison, President and CEO, Manulife Canada. "Big Break
Florida has kept viewers on the edge of their seats and we'd like to
congratulate champion, Jackie Stoelting, who has earned an exemption to
compete in our tournament."
No. 3 in the World Amateur Golf Rankings, and Canada's top ranked
amateur is Brooke Henderson of Smiths Falls, Ontario. Henderson
continues to turn heads at just 16 years of age, and will be given
another chance to do so with her exemption into the Manulife Financial
LPGA Classic. Henderson capped off 2013 with a victory on the Florida
Orange Blossom Tour, winning the Junior Orange Bowl at Biltmore Golf
Club in Coral Gables, posting a final round of 67 for a four-day total
of 280; 4 under par. 2014 began with another victory this time at the
South Atlantic Ladies' Amateur Championship in Ormond Beach, Fla.
Henderson fired a final round 72 to pull ahead of the pack with a
4-stroke victory. Henderson received a sponsor exemption to compete in
the 2013 Manulife Financial LPGA Classic, holding her own by finishing
For the last 10 weeks on the Golf Channel, 12 women went head-to-head at
Omni Amelia Island Plantation in Florida for season 10 of the Big
Break, and a chance to launch their career in professional golf. To do
so they had to endure a series of intense challenges that tested their
golf skills and mental toughness. Only one player received the honour
of being named Big Break Champion, and that player was Jackie
At 27 years of age, Jackie Stoelting, a graduate of Florida Southern
College has achieved her goal of becoming the champion of the Big Break
Florida. Along with carrying the title of Big Break Florida Champion,
Stoelting won more than $175,000 in cash and prizes (the largest
collection of prizes in series history) and an opportunity to play on
the LPGA Tour, at the 2014 Manulife Financial LPGA Classic.
Currently, representing Canada at the Manulife Financial LPGA Classic,
Brooke Henderson will join Lorie Kane, Alena Sharp, Maude-Aimee
Leblanc, Rebecca Lee-Bentham, Sue Kim and previously announced Jennifer
Kane, the Charlottetown, PEI native has enjoyed great success on the
LPGA Tour, Recording season-best T41 finishes at the Mobile Bay LPGA
Classic and the Manulife Financial LPGA Classic in 2013.
Sharp is still searching for her first LPGA Tour victory, and none would
be sweeter for the Hamilton, ON protégé than the Manulife Financial
LPGA Classic title.
Leblanc recorded a season-best T32 finish at the Pure Silk-Bahamas LPGA
Classic in 2013. Lee-Bentham recorded a career-best T11 finish at The
Evian Championship as well as carding a career-low 65 during the first
round of the CME Group Titleholders.
Kim recorded four top-10 finishes in 2012 on the Symetra Tour. She
ranked third in birdies (139) and fourth in rounds under par (21).
Kirby, just recently in Waterloo Region for the tournament's
announcement of a contract extension with Manulife, finished in fifth
place at the LPGA Final Qualifying Tournament to earn Priority List
Category 12 for the 2014 LPGA Tour season. Kirby received a sponsor
exemption in 2012 and 2013 to compete in the Manulife Financial LPGA
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About the Manulife Financial LPGA Classic
The Manulife Financial LPGA Classic is back for its third year on the
LPGA Tour and will feature a standard eligibility field of 144 players,
72 holes of stroke play and a purse of $1.5 million. The tournament
will take place June 4 - 8, 2014, at Grey Silo Golf Course in Waterloo,
Ontario, home of Manulife Financial's Canadian Division Headquarters.
For more information please visit: www.manulifeclassic.ca.
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