Brittany Marchand of Orangeville, Ontario handled the pressure of her first Sunday lead and posted a bogey-free, four-under, 68 to win the PHC Classic in Milwaukee by three shots.
Marchand finished with a three-day score of 13 under.
Marchand made 13 birdies and just one bogey over the final two rounds to earn her first win on the Symetra Tour and her first win as a professional.
Marchand pockets the $15,000 and moves from 41st to 17th on the money list with six events remaining. The top 10 graduate to the LPGA Tour. Marchand has earned $28,680 in 14 starts this year.
Marchand also earns a spot in the Evian Championship, the final major on the LPGA schedule from Sept. 14-17.
It’s a really special moment. I know that I have the ability and I know it’s in me. It’s just really cool to see it shine through.
Marchand never once showed signs of struggling with the nerves and she credited the experience at the Manulife LPGA Classic earlier this season in Cambridge, Ont., where she made the cut and was in the top 10 after three rounds.
“The experience there where I was up in a really good position really helped me today,” said Marchand, who slipped on Sunday at the LPGA event to tie for 46th. “It really helped me today to keep calm and just keep doing my thing. This is pretty awesome and pretty surreal at this point.”
After pars on the first two holes, she made a birdie from just on the second cut of grass on the par three third. She decided to use the putter and hit a 20-footer.
“When you are nervous, eliminating a lot of hand movement is key, so that is why I decided to putt instead of hitting a fine chip shot,” said Marchand. “That helped me relax and it made me think that if I play like I did yesterday, I would be fine.”
On the ninth, Marchand hit what she described as a “bad drive”, but recovered with a five iron to 15 feet.
“After making that putt on nine, I felt really good,” said Marchand, who built a three-stroke lead to the back nine. “I was really pleased with threeunder on the front and the putt gave me a boost to end strong. Even though I didn’t drop many putts on the back, I felt like I played really solid.”
Marchand has had a bit of inconsistent year by her own standards. She felt the win comes at a perfect time.
“I feel like I’ve been very up-and-down this season and it has knocked my confidence down a bit because I know I am there, but I haven’t been able to see it shine through,“ said Marchand. “It definitely gives me a good boost going into the last six events feeling confident to make a push for my (LPGA) card.”
Marchand still has some ground to make up. She is approximately $14,000 short of No. 10 on the money list.
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Brooke Henderson tied for 49th at the Ricoh Women’s British Open after finishing with a two-over 74 on Sunday at Kingsbarns in Scotland.
Henderson finished all four rounds at three under.
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