Ronda Henderson is very well known in Southern Nevada amateur golf circles of the Southern Nevada Golf Association, Women’s Southern Nevada Golf Association and Nevada State Women’s Golf Association, but now she is making some buzz on the national scene. Henderson qualified for the U.S. Women’s Senior Open and is one of only 120 women in the prestigious tournament.
The tournament is at Pine Needles Lodge Golf Club in North Carolina and despite the grand stage, Henderson is taking it in stride, even feeling relaxed despite a huge week and challenging conditions and surroundings.
“It was kind of surprising, but I had no nerves and I striped my drive down the center and off we went,” said Henderson, the president of the Nevada State Women’s Golf Association about her opening tee shot during her first practice round. “I played with Hollis Stacy (a four-time LPGA Tour major champion) and she couldn’t have been nicer. I think the way she welcomed me really put me at ease.
“I also played with Martha Leach, last year’s low amateur, and Linda Bowman Segre, another amateur. Because of the grouping, I think it was a little less intimidating.”
Henderson earned a spot in the USGA senior major by shooting a 79 in a qualifier at Briarwood Country Club in Arizona in April. Until this week, the most meaningful tournament Henderson had played in was the 2015 USGA 4-ball with fellow Las Vegas amateur Janet Weber.
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In photo: (l to r): Linda Bowman Segre, Hollis Stacey, Martha Leach, Ronda Henderson