17-year-old Brooke Henderson leads North Texas Shootout at 6-under 65


By Jeff Miller, AP

IRVING, Texas**Brooke Henderson is too young for LPGA Tour membership. She’s good enough to top the leaderboard �X again.

Henderson shot a 6-under 65 on Friday in the North Texas Shootout, giving the 17-year-old Canadian the lead going into the weekend for the second straight week on the LPGA Tour.

Henderson had a bogey-free round to reach 8-under 134 total at Las Colinas, a stroke ahead of 2013 winner Inbee Park and 54-year-old Juli Inkster.

Denied a waiver to the LPGA Tour’s minimum-age requirement of 18 last year, Henderson earned the last spot in the field Tuesday in a playoff in the qualifier. Last week in California in the Swinging Skirts, she led after the second and third rounds, but fell a stroke short of a playoff that Lydia Ko won over Morgan Pressel.

��Last week, definitely helped out a lot,�� Henderson said. ��Finishing third and having a chance to win on Sunday was a lot of fun. I’m excited to be in the same position. Hopefully, it will just turn out a little better.��

On her final hole, Henderson chipped from the rough behind the green toward the pin 20 yards away and sank a 6-foot putt to maintain the lead.