Top amateur Henderson turns pro

(SportsNetwork.com) - Brooke Henderson, the top-ranked amateur female golfer in the world, has turned pro.

IMG said in a news release Thursday that the 17-year-old Canadian has signed on for representation and also inked a deal with the golf equipment company Ping.

Henderson has won more than 50 tournaments as an amateur and has competed on the LPGA Tour eight times since 2012. She was the low amateur in June's U.S. Women's Open, finishing in a tie for 10th place.

After turning pro, Henderson became the top-ranked Canadian in women's golf.