If you’re pondering who might become the first Canadian since Jocelyne Bourassa in 1973 to win a LPGA Tour event on home turf, it’s understandable if that pick went to a more established tour player over Brittany Marchand of Orangeville, Ont., who is developing on the LPGA’s feeder circuit, the Symetra Tour.
Marchand, whose home town is about an hour away from Cambridge, Ont., where the Manulife LPGA Classic is taking place at Whistle Bear Golf Club this week, served notice that it wouldn’t be a wise idea to totally ignore the up-and-coming Canadians after she shot a five-under 67 in the first round.
“I had quite a bit of family and friends that came to watch for even the 7:30 tee time, so that was kind of cool,” said Marchand, who is tied for ninth, three shots off the lead, going into Friday’s second round.
“Obviously I want to play well for my family. This is probably the first time a lot of family and friends have really been able to watch me play, especially on this level.” she said, adding that other people were also congratulating her for her performance.
“I think it’s energizing because it’s nice. I play Symetra Tour for the most part and we don’t really have crowds at Symetra Tour. It’s kind of nice to have people supporting,” she said.
“My parents try to come out when they can, but usually I’m on my own. It’s nice to have that support,” added Marchand, who finished the day with seven birdies and two bogeys.