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Henderson battles gusty conditions to earn victory at Lotte

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HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) -

Today Brooke Henderson won her sixth tour title at the Lotte Championship. The 20-year-old was absolutely unstoppable over the weekend at Ko Olina and for good reason. The Canadian was motivated by and eventually dedicated her victory to all those involved in Humboldt junior hockey team bus crash which claimed the lives of 16 of her fellow countrymen. And in their honor she dominated despite difficult conditions and stiff competition.

In the trickiest winds at Ko Olina so far this week Henderson battled frequent gusts to card a 3-under 69 in today's final round. She finished the tournament 12-under and four strokes ahead of her closest competitor to earn her first victory of the 2018 season.

"It was extremely windy," Henderson said after her win. "But [my caddie] Brit and I did a great job calculating yardages and adjusting to the wind when it made some changes throughout the week. But it was a lot of fun and I'm so happy to get the win and get my sixth on tour which is pretty cool. And to do it here in Hawaii is pretty awesome."

While Henderson navigated the pesky winds with ease - there was one thing she struggled with - the traditional winners hula. With packed crowd at the 18th hole the young Canadian shyly laughed her way through the winner's circle of hula dancers before accepting her $300,000 winner's check.

But, just a few hours before all eyes were set on Henderson, they were focused on local product and fan favorite Michelle Wie who didn't disappoint the hometown crowd. Wie ended the day with a 1-under 71 final round. At 3-under for the tournament she tied for 11th, earning her fourth top fifteen finish of the season. 

"It was a tough day out there today," said Wie. "I'm happy to be under par. I wish I had made more of a run for it. But, I'm happy with the way I played today."

Wie will celebrate the end of the Lotte with her annual ping pong tournament which will include a handful of LPGA players. The event raises money for the Hawaii State Junior Golf Association. 

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