Two best friends were part of a three-person playoff Wednesday afternoon at Scarboro Golf and Country Club to decide the winner of the 2017 Data PGA Women’s Championship of Canada.
In the end, it was Brittany Marchand of Mono, Ont., outlasting her pal Augusta James of Bath, Ont., rolling in a 25-foot birdie putt on the third playoff hole.
“For me, I was glad to be in a playoff with my best friend,” said Marchand. “If someone was going to beat me, I’d want it to be her.”
Marchand and James grew up playing junior golf together in Ontario, attended NC State University and were integral parts of Canada’s national team and are travel mates in their early professional golf careers.
“Brittany and I have a pretty special relationship,” said James. “We can complete with and against each other and then hop in the car and drive in the next event, so we have a balanced friendship and that’s really hard to come by.”
Marchand echoed James’ sentiments.
“We play like two to three times a week together, we room together, we pretty much do everything together,” she said.
Marchand, James and American Samantha Troyanovich all finished the championship at five under-par, leading to the playoff.
On the first extra hole, Troyanovich missed a birdie convert from five feet for the win, allowing Marchand and James to stay alive with a pair of pars.
The second playoff hole saw James and Marchand both make par, while Troyanovich made bogey after a three-putt. On the third playoff, Marchand rolled in a 25-foot birdie for the win.
“The putt was actually pretty straight,” said Marchand. “It was downhill and all I had to do was just get it started.”
Anne-Catherine Tanguay of Quebec City finished fourth at four under, with American Jenny Lee rounding out the top five at three under.
Rebecca Lee-Bentham won the club professional division.
Marchand’s win is her second of late, after winning. the Symetra Tour’s PHC Classic in Milwaukee earlier this month.
She will tee it up next week on the LPGA Tour at the CP Women’s Open at Ottawa Hunt and Golf Club.
“I’ve got a lot of confidence heading into the next couple weeks, but at the same time I don’t want to think about it too much and put a lot of pressure on myself,” said Marchand.
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