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Canada’s Maddie Szeryk returns to the LPGA Tour after winning the Texas Women’s Open |  saskNOW |  Saskatchewan
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Canada’s Maddie Szeryk returns to the LPGA Tour after winning the Texas Women’s Open | saskNOW | Saskatchewan

“It was just really good to see solid golf again, and just to feel comfortable out there.”

Originally scheduled for three days, the Texas Women’s Open was reduced to two due to severe storms in the area. Szeryk started the second round two shots behind leader Hailee Cooper.

After a bogey on No. 17, she hit a wedge shot to get within 10 feet of the 18th green and drained the putt for the tournament-winning birdie.

Szeryk won US$17,000 and, perhaps more importantly, sharpened her game ahead of this week’s ShopRite LPGA Classic in Galloway, NJ. It will be her first LPGA Tour start of the season after she was unable to maintain her status from last season.

“I feel like I’m getting going better and scrambling better and just playing more solidly and making it come together,” she said. “You can play games and stuff when you practice and play alone, but it’s just not the same as tournament golf and the pressure that comes with it.

“So it’s okay. I just tried to really look at (the Texas Women’s Open) as a major tournament, just trying to play and get comfortable again.”

Szeryk is one of five Canadians who will play the Seaview Bay Course when the tournament begins Friday.

Brooke Henderson of Smiths Falls, Ontario, is seventh in the Race to CME Globe standings. Savannah Grewal (76th) of Mississauga, Ontario, Maude-Aimee Leblanc (129th) of Sherbrooke, Que., and Hamilton’s Alena Sharp (132nd) are also in the field.

“I love playing here and seeing all my good friends again,” Szeryk said, noting she was especially excited to practice and possibly play alongside good friends Lauren Hartlage and Amanda Doherty. “It was so nice to be there with them again and just to see other friends that I’m close with and feel like, ‘Okay, this is a big tournament, this is really real.’

“I’m so excited to finally be back this year, my first of the year.”

Szeryk may have more LPGA Tour events in June.

She is the first alternate for the Meijer LPGA Classic at Blythefield Country Club in Belmont, Michigan, and will play in the Dow Championship at Midland Country Club in Midland, Michigan.

EPSON TOUR — Brigitte Thibault of Rosemere, Que., will be the highest-ranked Canadian to play in the FireKeepers Casino Hotel Championship when it kicks off Friday. She enters the tournament as number 98 on the Epson Tour points list. She will be joined at Battle Creek Country Club in Battle Creek, Mich. by Selena Costabile of Thornhill, Ont., Leah John of Vancouver and Kate Johnston of Ayr, Ont., all of whom are unranked.

PGA TOUR — Taylor Pendrith of Richmond Hill, Ont., has risen to 30th in the FedEx Cup standings, making him the highest-ranked Canadian on the PGA Tour. He will be back in action this week at the Memorial Tournament, one of the Tour’s signature events. Five other Canadians are in the field at Muirfield Village Golf Club in Dublin, Ohio. Nick Taylor (34th) of Abbotsford, BC, Mackenzie Hughes (40th) of Dundas, Ont., Corey Conners (45th) of Listowel, Ontario, Adam Hadwin (48th) of Abbotsford and Adam Svensson (94th) of Surrey, BC, will picking it all up.

PRESIDENTS CUP – American team captain Jim Furyk announced his assistants for the Presidents Cup at the Royal Montreal Golf Club in late September. Stewart Cink, Justin Leonard and Kevin Kisner will all join Furyk in Montreal

“All three have great histories with this event, but more importantly they will be a trusted voice in the team room and on the course for our guys,” said Furyk. “I look forward to working closely with them as we build a 12-man American team ready to compete at Royal Montreal this fall.”

KORN FERRY TOUR — Myles Creighton of Digby, NS, is ranked 18th on the Korn Ferry Tour’s second rankings. He is the top-ranked Canadian playing in the BMW Charity Pro-Am in Greer, SC. ​​He and Sudarshan Yellamaraju of Mississauga, Ont., will play at Carolina Country Club, while Etienne Papineau of St-Jean-Sur-Richelieu, Que., and Jared du Toit of Kimberley, B.C., will be at Thornblade Club.

CHAMPIONS TOUR — Calgary’s Stephen Ames is in second place on the Schwab Cup points table heading into Friday’s American Family Insurance Championship. He will be the only Canadian playing at University Ridge Golf Club in Madison, Wisc.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published June 5, 2024.

John Chidley-Hill, The Canadian Press