Father-son duo share experiences on the golf course

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Shiprock senior Landon Henderson squares up for a putt earlier this season. Henderson qualified for his first state golf championship last week. He finished tied for 21st on Tuesday at the 2017 Furr’s Buffet A-4A State Golf Championships at Piñon Hills Golf Course in Farmington.


There was a time when Landon Henderson followed his father aimlessly on the golf course.

As a kid he was his father’s tail, and years later his father, Larenson Henderson, was the one following his son from tee box to tee box.

Larenson Henderson is head coach for the Shiprock boys and girls golf team. Landon is one of his golfers and they almost make the perfect team.

“Certain stuff yeah (we argue), certain holes, what clubs to use and stuff like that,” Landon Henderson said. “But it’s fun.”

They might not get along all of the time but when they do good things like qualifying for state happen. This season, the senior finished tied for 21st in the 2017 Furr’s Buffet A-4A State Golf Championships on Tuesday at Pinon Hills Golf Course.

Henderson finished with an 87 in the first round, which ultimately was his final score as the tournament was canceled due to weather conditions on the second day.

Landon Henderson said things started out rough but came together at the end of the first day.

“Yesterday there was a lot of variables on the course,” he said. “Yesterday in the beginning I barely got enough practice in and it was hard to swing at times. At the end I picked it up and I started knowing my swing better.”

He qualified for state by collecting three qualification legs throughout the season.

Landon Henderson said his ability to qualify for state came down to one thing: more practice.

“I really practiced,” he said. “My coach really got us out to play and I played in a lot of tournaments over the summer.”

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Sunnie R. Clahchischiligi

Sunnie Clahchischiligi has been the sports writer for the Navajo Times since 2008. She has a bachelor’s degree in print journalism from the University of New Mexico. Before joining the Times, she worked at the St. Cloud Times (Minn.), the Albuquerque Journal, the Santa Fe New Mexican, Sports Illustrated Magazine in New York City and the Salt Lake Tribune. She can be reached at sunnie@navajotimes.com or via cell at (505) 686-0769.