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:

Joanna Coe

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.”

Alison Curdt

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.”