Ashley Grier is a veteran in every sense of the word. The PGA Professional has competed in not one, but three majors, including two consecutive KPMG Women’s PGA Championships in 2018 and 2019. Furthermore, it would be an understatement to say that she grew up with the game. Golf literally planted itself in their front yard.
“My father, David Grier, has been a PGA professional for about 40 years. When I was little, he and my mother bought a golf center and our house was on the property, ”Grier told us. “So we had a mini golf driving range and an 18-hole par 3 putting course in our front yard.”
Grier and her sisters grew up with these resources almost daily, so it’s not surprising that they decided to play the game. Ashley played on her high school all-boy golf team and then played collegiate at Jacksonville University before starting her professional career. Eventually, a friend of hers convinced her to go through the PGA program and follow in her father’s footsteps.
Ashley’s role is now Assistant PGA Professional at Overbrook Golf Club under Eric Kennedy, who worked intermittently for her father. The job allows her to balance both her love of competition and administration.
“Of course golf is part of my family, so I wanted to stick with golf. I still love taking part in competitions, so it’s nice to be able to work and also to be able to take part in some big tournaments. “
Now she’s in the process of balancing those two things as she prepares to compete in her fourth major championship next week at the KPMG Women’s PGA Championship, and this time she’s starting with a different mindset.
Grier takes part in the KPMG Women’s PGA Championship 2019 at Hazeltine Golf Club.
“The first [major championship] I played along, I felt very overwhelmed by the length and the fact that it was a major, it was kind of intimidating. “, She announced. “But now that I know what to expect, it’s better. If I can go out and stick with my game, it’s just another tournament. That’s how I have to go about it to stay calm. “
Not that she was jaded as a veteran. She’s still just as excited to have the chance to compete against some of the top ranked golfers in the world and, more importantly, learn from them.
“It’s also amazing to play with some of the best players in the world. It’s cool to see what they do that I may not do and see what I can learn from them. “
And your expectations? This way of thinking has also changed. “I want to approach this year with the attitude that I can play just as well and make the cut and believe that I can,” said Grier before I even start. “