In its efforts to elevate women in both business and golf, KPMG welcomes the LPGA and female PGA members who qualify in the top nine spots of the LPGA Teaching and Club Professionals National Championship to compete alongside the pros in their LPGA Major event.
With the 2019 KPMG Women’s PGA Championship just around the corner, we’re taking a moment to learn about the nine women who earned exemptions to compete in this year’s tournament.
Each of these inspiring women helps grow the game of golf in their communities, shaping the swings and passion of their students every day.
They’re women who deserve to be celebrated, so we’re highlighting their backgrounds along with what they’re most looking forward to during competition week:
PGA Assistant Director of Instruction at Baltimore Country Club, Joanna is ready to compete in her second KPMG Women’s PGA Championship. Last year, Joanna finished as the Low Club Professional. During her accomplished collegiate career, Joanna was a four-time All American and the 2008 NCAA Division II National Champion.
“To compete against the best players in the world in the KPMG Women’s PGA Championship is a huge honor,” she says. “I am so happy that Club Professionals around the country have the opportunity to test our skills at a top-notch event hosted by the PGA of America.”
One of Golf Magazine’s 2019 “Top Instructors to Watch,” Alison Curdt, PsyD, is the Director of Instruction at Wood Ranch Golf Club in California. She has received numerous accolades over the years from organizations including the LPGA, Golf Tips Magazine and the SCPGA. “It’s a privilege and an honor to compete against the best golfers in the world at a championship venue,” she says.
“I feel special to be able to represent the PGA and the LPGA in this event.”
Wendy will be representing Grasslands Golf and Country Club and Sanlan Golf Club at this year’s tournament. A teaching professional from Lakeland, Florida, Wendy says she is grateful for the opportunity to represent the LPGA T&CP.
“I am looking forward to testing my game on a Major Golf Course and learning whatever I can to help me become a more effective coach for my students!”
Stephanie Connelly Eiswerth
Stephanie is looking forward to competing against the best of the best at the KPMG Women’s PGA Championship. As the Assistant Women’s Golf Coach for the University of North Florida, she hopes to bring everything she learns back to her players.
“Playing tournament golf is always a fun challenge, and this being an LPGA Major makes it even sweeter.”
Ashley is looking forward to representing Overbrook Golf Club in her third KPMG appearance. As the Assistant Golf Professional at Overbrook, she says that her club is excited to have one of their professionals competing in a major event. She is a four-time Middle Atlantic Women’s Player of the Year and the 2018 Philadelphia Section Assistant of the Year.
“If I can be a role model for my local club members and other young girls, then it will have been a successful event.”
Nicole Jeray is a former LPGA professional. While playing golf at Northern Illinois University, Nicole won eight collegiate titles and was the youngest person to be inducted into NIU’s University Hall of Fame. In addition to her golf career, Nicole is also an advocate for people who suffer from Narcolepsy, a disorder that she battles every day.
“Watching a child collapse in front of his classmates from cataplexy or have to quit his baseball team because he can no longer run to first base is tragic in my eyes…These are all reasons why I am so involved in raising awareness.”
While she has previously played on the LPGA Tour, T&CP member Jimin Kang still considers herself a student of the game. Born in Seoul, South Korea and currently living in Scottsdale, Arizona, Jimin loves to learn and understand golf at a deeper level.
“I am looking forward to play and be able to have experiences not only as a player, but also as a golf instructor inside of the ropes.”
Brittany has always dreamed of playing in an LPGA event, but she never could have imagined that one day she would compete in a major tournament. As the Assistant Golf Professional at Woodland Country Club in Carmel, Indiana, Brittany says she is humbled by the chance to compete in this year’s KPMG Women’s PGA Championship and appreciates the overwhelming support from her club.
“I hope I am able to represent Woodland and the PGA of America with the highest class,” she says. “My ultimate goal is to inspire the future generations of female golfers to continue to pursue their dreams.”
Competing in the 2019 KPMG Women’s PGA Championship will be a family affair for Seul-Ki. For the first time in her career, Seul-Ki’s family will be able to watch her play. She competed on the Symetra Tour for six years and is now the Assistant Golf Professional at Winchester Country Club in Winchester, Massachusetts.
“I hope to take away everything from this experience starting from picking up our courtesy car until the last competitor leaves the parking lot on Sunday. The experiences I embrace, learn, and share can help others develop their golf game and to continue to promote women’s and girl’s golf in my corner of the world.”
You can watch the tournament broadcast on the Golf Channel and NBC. See the full schedule below.
Golf Channel – Thursday, June 20 and Friday, June 21
First Round – 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm Second Round – 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm
NBC – Saturday, June 22 and Sunday, June 23
Third Round – 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm Fourth Round – 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm