RODRIGUEZ TAKES HOME TITLE AT KINGSMILL RESORT
At their first appearance at the LPGA Professionals National Championship presented by Voice Caddy, Alisa Rodriguez (Austin, Texas) won the Championship Division title, shooting a final of 70 to finish a total of 5 under. Rodriguez turned the corner on the same level as the leader on the first lap Allie Knight (Knoxville, Tenn.), But two birdies in 15th and 16th helped her win.
“I was definitely a bit nervous about the tee. I just couldn’t do putts at first – had a lot of good looks and nothing went in and ended up doing some on my back so that was a big boost, ”said Rodriguez. “Allie played amazing golf. She had three birdies on the first nine and I didn’t do anything, so I just tried to be patient and stick to my plan: don’t try to do anything I haven’t done all week. And it was worth it.”
Rodriguez, a teacher at Balcones Country Club, looks forward to returning to the KPMG Women’s PGA Championship. The top eight finishers in the Championship Division received exceptions for the KPMG PGA Women’s Championship 2022, which will be played June 21-26 at the Congressional Country Club in Bethesda, Maryland. “I teach a lot of juniors and all of them honestly so I know them I’ll be happy to see myself on TV again,” said Rodriguez.
Knight was solo runner-up with -3, with the defending champion Stephanie Connelly Eiswerth, LPGA / PGA (Fleming Island, Florida), which ranks third alone.
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Together with Rodriguez, Knight and Connelly Eiswerth, the remaining top 8 in the Championship Division have earned their places in the KPMG Women’s PGA Championship 2022 at the Congressional Country Club: Sandra Changki (Kissimmee, Florida), Ashley Grier (Villanova, Pennsylvania), Jennifer Borocz (Jacksonville, Florida), Ashley Tait (Morrison, Colorado) and Meaghan Francella (Wilmington, Del.)
Rodriguez, Knight, Grier, Connelly Eiswerth and Changkija all competed in the 2021 KPMG Women’s PGA Championship at the Atlantic Athletic Club, after winning the PGA Women’s Stroke Play Championship at the PGA Golf Club in Port St. Lucie, Florida last year first eight landed The 2020 LPGA Professionals National Championship has been canceled due to COVID-19.
Borocz last competed in the Major Championship in 2020. Francella, a former Tour player who won the MasterCard Classic in 2007 after defeating Annika Sorenstam in a playoff, will make her first start in the KPMG Women’s PGA as an LPGA Professionals member. She last appeared in the major in 2013, where she missed the cut. She recorded her best career result at the event in 2010, a tie for seventh place. Tait will take part in their first major championship.
“It will be really good to play another big championship. Everyone is special; they are all a little different. Hopefully we can have some friends and family next year, but I’m very excited to be back, ”said Connelly Eiswerth, who will be competing in her third KPMG Women’s PGA Championship in a row. “The experience is just something you can’t explain until you do it yourself, but it’s really fun to do at home with family, friends, and students.”
HIRST WINS THE FOURTH TITLE IN THE CHALLENGE DEPARTMENT
With her daughter Allie on her pocket Charlaine Hirst (Pinehurst, NC) competed in the Voice Caddy-presented LPGA Professionals National Championship to win their fourth consecutive title in the Challenge Division.
“It’s very exciting and hard to believe,” said Hirst, an LPGA Professional and LPGA * USGA Girls Golf Site Director at the Country Club of Whispering Pines. “Five days is a lot of golf. I’m not used to playing so many days in a row, but I just held out today. I had a great group, we encouraged each other and just had a lot of fun. “
“[Being a four-time champion] sounds great, I’ll take it and run, ”she joked. This trophy could feel a little cuter knowing that her daughter helped Hirst to victory. “Maybe she has to come back next year. I think she learned to appreciate what I was doing because she doesn’t play a lot of golf. She does our Girls Golf program. She enjoys doing a little and now she has experienced at a high level what it takes to be up here. It’s fun, it was great to have them. “
Lieschen Wienke (Bloomington, Ill.) Was Solo runner-up, with Louise Ball (Knoxville, Tennessee), and Stephanie Peareth (Homestead, Florida), who finished third and fourth, respectively.
DANCKAERT WINS THE FIRST TITLE IN THE SENIOR DIVISION
Tonya Danckaert (Atlanta, Georgia) fired one final round of 66, the lower round of the week, to win the senior division. When she competed in her first LPGA Professionals National Championship presented by Voice Caddy, Danckaert was pleasantly surprised with her bogey-free round on the last day and was very happy about her win.
“It was my first time here, so I’m really excited to be here. Kingsmill was such a good place for that, ”said Danckaert. “It’s one of the few times I’ve been [shot a bogey-free round]so it’s huge i can’t believe it I don’t think I’ve competed in a tournament since maybe college. I’m still in shock. I’m not sure what happened today, but it was great. I had one of my oldest friends here as a caddy and it was great to have him with me every three days. We just had a lot of fun out there. “
Danckaert, lead instructor for the Grand Slam Golf Academy at Bobby Jones Golf Course, celebrates her victory by flying to Brooklawn Country Club in Fairfield, Connecticut to compete in the 2021 US Senior Women’s Open. “I’ll play in my first. I just turned 50 at the end of November so this is all new. It’s still weird to think that I’m playing in senior class stuff, but so far it’s pretty cool. I am happy that I no longer have to qualify for the US Senior Women’s Open next year. ”
The winner of the senior class 2018, Barbara Moxness (Rio Verde, Arizona), finished second in solo. Four-time LPGA Professionals National Champion Jean Bartholomew (Palm Beach Gardens, Florida), which won its first title at Kingsmill Resort in 2009, finished third. The top eight players in the senior class will qualify for the 2022 Senior LPGA Championship presented by the Old National Bank, as well as all participants over the age of 45 who finish in the top 10 in the championship class. In addition, the top five in the Championship Division and the top five in the Senior Division who are at least 50 years old will qualify for the US Senior Women’s Open 2022.
DEBRA PINNELL WINS SHIRLEY SPORK SUPER SENIOR CHAMPION
At the end of the LPGA Professionals National Championship presented by Voice Caddy, Debra Pinnell was awarded the Shirley Spork Super Senior Champion Trophy, which was awarded to the lowest scorer aged 70 or older.
“I had no idea this was going to happen, but I’m really excited,” said Pinnell. “I’m happy to be 70, happy to be here at the tournament and it’s just very exciting to have that special award at the end. I couldn’t believe it, it’s great. “
LPGA co-founder Shirley Spork has always been a player with a keen eye for golf swing technique, which led her to become one of six founding members of the LPGA Professionals Hall of Fame. In 1959, Spork helped found LPGA Professionals along with Marilynn Smith, Betty Hicks and Barbara Rotvig. Born in Michigan, he was twice named LPGA National Teacher of the Year (1959 and 1984). She was also the chairman of the LPGA for eight years.
“It really means a lot to get [this award] by such a great champion, ”added Pinnell. “I met Shirley a long time ago when I was touring. She was just getting off the tour and occasionally came out to watch, coach and give training to some of the girls. I don’t know her very well, but I just know what a wonderful person she is and how generous she is. I’m so happy that she still has so much to do with golf and I really appreciate it. Thank you, Shirley – you are great! “
The 2022 LPGA Professionals National Championship presented by Voice Caddy is expected to return to Kingsmill Resort from August 28th to 31st.
Alisa Rodriguez (1, -5) about participating in the Congressional Country Club for the KPMG Women’s PGA Championship 2022:
“To be honest, I’m so excited to be going back and just having the chance to play a major again. I actually went to the Congressional when my uncle lived up there and we went and saw tigers play, that was so cool. Going back and playing by yourself will be a great experience. ”
Alisa Rodriguez (1, -5) to the competition at Kingsmill Resort:
“It was amazing. I’ve played with some great ladies and made new friends. It’s just a great event. It’s so cool we got to play Kingsmill. It was unbelievable, I’m just so happy. ”
Ashley Tait (T7, +2) to qualify for the first time for the KPMG Women’s PGA Championship:
“I’ve worked my whole life to get to an LPGA tournament and I feel like I got over Symetra and it never happened to me. And then this is my first year at the LPGA Professionals National Championship and it actually worked out. So, I’m more than excited. “
Charlaine Hirst (1, +12) about what she will take home for her students:
“As an LPGA Professional, I am building the next generation of golfers. I hope my students learn perseverance, coming out, and know that there is always another shot around the corner, a better shot no matter where you are. You might hit something you don’t expect to and you just have to keep fighting. Just encourage each other. “