The eight LPGA and PGA Professionals who will be competing in the 2021 KPMG Women’s PGA Championship were decided earlier this week at the PGA Women’s Stroke Play Championship at PGA Golf Club in Port St. Lucie, Fla.
With last year’s LPGA Professionals National Championship canceled due to COVID-19, the top eight finishers at the PGA Women’s Stroke Play Championship earned spots in the third LPGA major of the year to be held June 24-27 at Atlanta Athletic Club.
Those LPGA and PGA Professionals are Sandra Changkija (LPGA/PGA) of Kissimmee, Fla.; Samantha Morrell (LPGA) of North Kingstown, R.I.; Ashley Grier (PGA) of Glen Falls, Pa.; Alisa Rodriguez (PGA) of Austin, Texas; Stephanie Connelly-Eiswerth (LPGA) of Fleming Island, Fla.; Allie Knight (PGA) of Knoxville, Tenn.; Joanna Coe (PGA) of Lutherville, Md.; and Moira Dunn-Bohls (LPGA) of Tulsa.
Sandra Changkija, an LPGA Professional and former LPGA Tour player who is also working on her PGA certification, earned top honors with a bogey-free, 3-under 69 in the final round. Changkija started the final round with a one-shot lead, later cruising to a five-shot victory over fellow LPGA Professional Samantha Morrell. Changkija finished as the only player under par at 4-under 211.
“My goal was to hit fairways and greens, and hopefully roll in some putts, and I was able to do that,” Changkija said to PGA of America. “I know my routine is a good routine and my course management helped me today.
“I’ve played in a couple KPMG Championships, and I think they are always good, tough courses. I’ve never played the Atlanta Athletic Club, but I like Georgia courses that are hilly and tree-lined.”
Learn more about the four LPGA Professionals who will be competing in the 2021 KPMG Women’s PGA Championship: