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Brittany Marchand and Marion Ricordeau Headed to The Evian Championship

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Brittany Marchand (Orangeville, Ontario) handled the pressure of her first Sunday lead like a veteran that has won many times before. She posted a bogey-free 4-under, 68 at Brown Deer Park to win the PHC Classic by three shots. Marchand finished with a three-day score of 13-under, 203. 

After a 1-under, 71 on Friday, 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 Volvik Race for the Card money list with six events remaining. She has now 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 September 14-17. The top two finishers at the PHC Classic earned spots. Marion Ricordeau, a native of Laon, France, finished in second place at 10-under, 206 to stamp her ticket to compete in her first Evian Championship. 

“It’s a really special moment,” said Marchand, a second-year pro. “I know that I have the ability and I know it’s in me, it’s just really cool to see it shine through.”

STORYBOOK ENDING FOR MARION

This was Marion Ricordeau’s last week on the Symetra Tour this season. Before the PHC Classic, she made the decision not to return to the U.S. to compete on the Symetra Tour because she wasn’t playing well and funds were dwindling. She had one goal in mind this week and that was to qualify for The Evian Championship in her country of France. Ricordeau drilled a five-foot birdie putt on 18 to slide into a second place finish.

“It feels unreal to qualify,” said Ricordeau. “After my round yesterday, I don’t want to say I lost hope, but I was thinking play your game, but you won’t make it, but still play and maybe you can get close.

Ricordeau started with a three-putt par on one and then a bogey on two. Things weren’t going her way. 

“I was like ‘oh gosh, what are you doing?’ to myself,” explained Ricordeau. “Something happened and I started making putts and it just worked. I was steady and focused to the end and I am so happy to be playing Evian. It is just unbelievable.

Ricordeau caught fire between the fourth and tenth holes with five birdies during a seven-hole stretch. She made bogey on 14, but finished with birdies on 16 and 18.

“I was thinking about going home two weeks ago, but my mom told me to just stay here and try to qualify,” explained Ricordeau. “She told me something good is going to come out of this and she was right. I can’t believe I just made it, I have been struggling so much this year.”