The name Maddie Szeryk was a surprise when it was added to the field for this week’s U.S. Women’s Open at Trump National in Bedminster, N.J. Szeryk, a dual national who plays out of London, Ont., was added as an alternate after she played a qualifier in Fort Worth, Tx. The national team member recently won the B.C. Amateur title and took the Women’s Western earlier this season. She had been scheduled to play the North and South Amateur at Pinehurst, but withdrew. Szeryk, currently ranked 30th in world women’s amateur rankings, will join Brooke Henderson and Alena Sharp in the field. For tee times, click here and to listen to Sandra Post preview the third major of the season, click here … Henderson goes into this week’s U.S. Open in eighth spot on the women’s world rankings, unchanged from last week. Sharp is 75th … Brad Fritsch, David Hearn and Nick Taylor are the Canadians in the field at this week’s John Deere Classic in Silvise, Ill … The John Deere was the site where Hearn came oh-so-close to his first tour victory, losing to Jordan Spieth, who got his initial win in a playoff in 2013 … Hearn, who struggled earlier this season, appears to be gaining momentum. His T14 finish at the Greenbrier Classic on Sunday was his third top 15 finish in his past three starts, including a T8 at the Travelers Championship and a T10 at the FedEx St. Jude Classic. As a result, he’s climbed into the top 125 in FedEx Cup standings, landing this week in 112th spot … Adam Hadwin, who is off to next week’s British Open, remains just outside the top 10 in International team standings who will earn automatic selections later this year to play in the Presidents Cup. Hadwin remains No. 11 … The Web.com Tour stops in Farmington, Ut., this week for the Utah Championship where Albin Choi, Corey Conners, Justin Shin, Ben Silverman, Roger Sloan, Adam Svensson and Ryan Yip are in the field … PGA Tour Champions has a major going on this week with Stephen Ames and Rod Spittle at the Constellation Senior Players Championship in Baltimore … The Symetra Tour is off this week before returning for the Danielle Downey Credit Union Classic next week in Rochester, N.Y. … Last week’s GNN Poll asked readers if business has picked up in June at the golf operations where they work and 46 per cent said it was down even more and 30 per cent said it was about the same as in May. Only 24 per cent said it had picked up significantly … This week’s poll also deals with the slow start to the 2017 season, asking readers if they expect staffing/hours to be cut this summer. As of this writing, 68 per cent said yes and 32 per cent said no. If you haven’t already, you can cast your vote on the GNN home page.
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