Brittany Marchand of Orangeville, Ont., had just one bogey on the day in posting a tournament record eight-under 64 at the PHC Classic..
At nine under, Marchand holds a two-shot lead going into Sunday’s finale of the Symetra Tour event in Milwaukee.
Marchand took full advantage of ideal scoring conditions. After cool and windy conditions on Friday, players were greeted with warm and calm weather on Saturday.
Marchand, 25, started on the back nine with three consecutive birdies on 11, 12 and 13. She also made birdie on 15 and then made her lone bogey of the day on hole 17. Marchand made five birdies on her inward nine including holes six, eight and nine.
“I don’t really have many words for the round, it was one of those experiences that just happens and you don’t force it,” said Marchand. “I told my caddie that I wanted to make some putts today and they just started dropping. I didn’t force anything and it turned out great.”
Marchand, who turned in a 71 on Friday, said the early start gave her confidence for the rest of the round.
“I was making better contact today and I started to feel more comfortable with my swing,” said Marchand. “I wasn’t doubting anything, everything was just happening. I built a lot of confidence on the front.”
Marchand said she would lean on the experience at the Manulife LPGA Classic when she went into the final round in Cambridge, Ont., in the top 10 and had the pressure of playing in her home country on a sponsors exemption.
A win would earn Marchand a $15,000 first-place payout that would move her from 41st on the money list to likely inside the top 20. A victory would also send her to the Evian Championship, the fifth major on the LPGA schedule.
“Being able to play in the Evian would obviously be a great experience,” said Marchand. “I have a sponsors exemption into the Canadian Open at the end of August, so getting another opportunity the next week would be awesome. Anytime I can play up there (LPGA) is great because that is the goal. To go to France would be great too because I have never been there.”
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Brooke Henderson shot a one-under 71 on Saturday and goes into the final round of the Ricoh Women’s British Open at Kingsbarns in Scotland in a tie for 31st.
Henderson is at five under after three rounds.
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