Brittany Marchand says the benefits of playing in next month’s Evian Championship, the fifth and final major of the season on the LPGA Tour, are worth a calculated gamble in taking a week off from the Symetra Tour schedule. Marchand is now 17th on the Symetra money list, but once the schdedule resumes at the end of August in Sioux Falls, S.D., she’ll be looking to vault into the top 10 who graduate to the LPGA Tour over the final six events of the year. The Evian Championship is up against a Symetra event that has a $100,000 purse, compared to the $210,000 available in Sioux Falls and the $200,000 available at the season-ending Symetra Tour Championship, so she won’t be missing a big purse in her quest to make up the current $14,170 shortfall between her and 10th spot and she’ll still have five other Symetra events in which to play. She says playing in the Manulife LPGA Classic in Cambridge, Ont., earlier this season gave her a lot of confidence and she sees the Evian as an experience she can’t miss … Anne-Catherine Tanguay of Quebec City is still eighth on the Symetra money list … Nice tribute on Facebook to his mom, the late Dawn Coe-Jones, by her son Jimmy Jones, who lives in Tampa but is playing in the Canadian Amateur in Toronto this week:
Graham DeLaet, who withdrew from last week’s Barracuda Championship with a sore back, is scheduled to play this week’s PGA Championship along with Adam Hadwin and Mackenzie Hughes … With his T5 finish at the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational, Hadwin has moved back into position for an automatic pick to the International team for the Presidents Cup, ascending from 12th to 10th. Hadwin also jumped from 56th to 48th in the world rankings … Hughes won last year’s Price Cutter Charity Championship in Springfield, Mo., which is this week’s stop on the Web.com Tour. Albin Choi, Corey Conners, Michael Gligic, Lucas Kim, Ben Silverman, Adam Svensson and Ryan Yip are the Canadians in the field … PGA Tour Champions has the week off before next week’s Dick’s Sporting Goods Open in Endicott, N.Y. … The LPGA Tour has a week off before next week’s U.S. vs. Europe showdown at the Solheim Cup, so no Canadians involved there, but they will be out in full force the following week at Ottawa Hunt for the CP Women’s Open, where Ariya Jutanugarn is defending champion . The following week, Brooke Henderson goes for a third consecutive win at the Cambia Portland Classic … Last week’s GNN Poll asked readers for their opinions on the arrival of Topgolf in Canada and most are seeing it as a positive move with 72 per cent responding that it’s an opportunity to lure younger people to traditional golf, while 16 per cent said they think of it as more competition for discretionary dollars and 12 per cent said it won’t have any impact at all … This week’s poll asks readers to describe the morale at their places of employment with all of the challenges of the 2017 season, including floods, fires and droughts. As of this writing, 50 per cent say morale is about the same as always, 38 per cent says it’s positive and only 13 per cent say morale is low. If you haven’t done so already, you can cast your vote on the GNN home page.